Originally Posted by Yakuza Rich
The biggest thing that hurts with cap hell is that you can virtually have no injuries. Even with role players, if you're in cap hell and one of them goes down, now you're forced to bring in the cheapest option available. So, if you're starting free safety may be the worst starter on your defense.....but if he gets injured now you are forced to start your backup, but also bring in probably an undrafted free agent. Then if the backup gets hurt, you're doubly screwed.
What killed Dallas (IIRC), is that their star players were not only getting injured, but having career ending injuries as well (Irvin, Novacek, Moose, and essentially Aikman). Plus, while they had more draft picks than the Skins do right now, most of their picks didn't pan out.
Also if Brunell, Arrington, Samuels, Jansen do not restructure then there isn't much that can be done except cut all the players we can who can get us under the cap. Those four have all the leverage because they know the cap hit that would be incurred if we cut them.
We lose more then just role players if they don't cooperate.