Here's where I'm coming from, pay attention. You've got to look at the bigger picture (2012 & 2013). The reason you have to think beyond this year is because again like last year, we'll be lucky to find anyone fit to start at FS for us this coming offseason. It would also be irresponsible of our front office to only look at whats right in front of them business wise, so they look at future years too. Ok back to football. We're stuck with this guy because the talent out there is so thin. No one would willingly fork over $6.2M in 2012 for 1 single year from Michael Griffin, and then $13.6M in 2013 (because as sad as it may sound, Griffin might just be the best FS available to us in 2013) for a total of close to $20M over those seasons. Doing it the way our front office did it, they saved themselves $5M over the course of 2 years. IMO they knew he was only alright and was in no way worth $10M/yr. Does that make sense to you? Me saying he's not worth $6.2 this year really means he's not worth $10M/2yr because thats what he'd end up getting if we franchised him in 2012, and are then again forced to franchise him in 2013. After you're franchised, the price of your contract goes up 120% to the team that franchised you the year before (unless they reach a long term deal).