nanomoz wrote:The Hawks could have signed Jack Conklin last year (cap hit was around $13m). Easily one of the best right tackles. Instead, they used similar space to sign B.J. Finney (1.5m), Greg Olsen (7m), Brandon Shell (3.5m), Jacob Hollister (3.2 m), and Philip Dorset (1m).
I don't know that this is the best example to use. Shell was surprisingly well above average last year, and a complete steal at $3.4m. He's a big reason why the line as a whole was ranked #14 overall by PFF and 16th in PBWR which were both big jumps over 2019. Meanwhile Conklin played well, but only up to the level of the top 3 RT contract that he signed. Shell's contract was relatively more valuable IMO.
The quality over quantity argument is attractive on paper but the underlying truth is that scarcity exists under the fixed NFL salary cap and we can't have everything we'd like. It's easy to pick specific players who do not work out, but the real goal in roster building is to bolster competition and depth.
If you sign a Matt Flynn and then he gets beat out by your third round rookie QB that's actually a good thing. Similarly, Finney was part of an overall strategy in moving on from Britt which appeared successful this season. Would it actually have been better if he had won the job over Pocic? That would have just made our drafting look worse in comparison.
The TE room did end up disappointing this season. It can always get worse, and it would have been much worse without Olsen and Hollister. However, in my view the TEs were not well utilized by the offense as a whole. Whether you blame Schotty or Russ for that I don't think it's fair to pin it just on the TE room themselves.