The Lions are in phase two in what someone mentioned as being in cap hell. i fully agree and been trying to figure this out for nearly a year now. My opinion will not be unpopular with most, but it is one to look at.
Phase one was what to do with Calvin Johnson with his high cap number and needing to stay a playoff contender moving forward. The obvious choice was to resign him long term or to trade him. That has passed so will not get into it.
We are now into phase two in what to do with our cap and staying competitive. It is a tough coarse to choose. Phase two is to try and generate the cap space needed to field a full roster. One option is to renegotiate Stafford's contract. The other option is to let his and Suh's to run its coarse. To get out of this situation I believe one of three things need to happen. One is Stafford taking less money he is making now (good). Two is for him taking something equal to what he is making now (maybe good). The third is let his contract run its coarse (best, and will say why later) and go with two more bad teams.
Phase three is critical to two, like two was to one. This one will be most interesting to what we are in 3 years from now and the next five years after that. Phase one was a logical move for we were 10-6.
So phase two comes down to two options. Resign Stafford to have a 53 man roster, or cut more players like Peterman to field a 53 man roster. My thinking is if we resign Stafford with the second thing happening, we stay in cap hell.
The first thing I mentioned is up to Stafford. His agent will not like that one, so it is unlikely. The second one will keep us in cap hell. The third is not a fan favorite for it does mean a rebuild.
So what is the best coarse of action today? That is what I bring to you guys. Is winning the best thing to do next season to sacrifice the future?