This is a question for the SB or bust fans more than anyone else, those that would take 3 years of irrelevancy and rebuilding to get that elusive ring. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with being that. I was years ago but now would prefer to hang around and contend more than actually win one. The answer to that is the key to most of what we've been discussing this off season. The answer to this really helps answer most of the other salary issue questions. If you are a window is wide open, then get everyone signed and on the team and worry about any ramifications of heavy contracts later. The time in now. If you are a quarter of the way open fan, then you are more careful and since you don't think this team has what it takes to get that ring, then some of these players are expendable to save the cap space. The time is later. If you are a halfway open fan, which is what I am, it gets more difficult. I want to hedge my bets that it wasn't as open as I thought and save some for the future. I want my cake and to eat it too but is that realistic? Ya know one post that used to show up a lot was that "it's not our year, next year will be our year" and that showed up every year, without fail. This is one of those situations that I am really on the fence because I can make a case against and for each one of these situations but the fact is if they do all of them, there is no mystery to how they perceive that window and as a fan how can I be upset with them trying to reach through it now? Isn't that what they're supposed to do, go for it? If they don't, what are they waiting for? The more we prepare for the future, the further away it gets.