Looks like the cards got fleeced compared to the Patriots contract numbers for Hightower. Hard to think Jones is worth DOUBLE what Hightower received. These outrageous contracts are what is holding the Cards captive from spreading the wealth around the team rather than concentrated on a few positions only. The poor drafting by Keim and co. is crippling the teams ability to remain competitive and able to let greedy money grabbers search greener pastures elsewhere. They seem incapable of loading up through the draft the way the good teams like steelers and patriots. The cards are starting to look like the team of old days in Sun Devil stadium under daddy Bidwill, by paying a few players big money and patching together the rest of the team.
Palmer and Fitz are not the entire team and the talk of a "window of opportunity" for a super bowl run can only happen before these two retire is pathetic. Palmer is not worth $24M this year or any year, he is not an elite QB. Bengals and Raiders would not have let him go if he was so good. I like Fitz, too bad he doesn't have the heart for football like Tom Brady. Threatening retirement at such a young age with so much left in the tank really unfortunate. Too bad Fitz would not restructure his contract and extend for another year or two to help the team and the fans.
Hopefully the Cards have a home run draft and turn the sinking ship around but their draft history coupled with terrible free agency suggests the boat will keep sinking.
I remain optimistic that Palmer can put together an elite QB season and Keim wins the draft. The writing is on the wall though. I have seen this movie so many times.
I hope I am wrong this time.