mikeak wrote:Every team moves money around. Saints have been competitive for 6+ years doing this. Not saying to be that extreme, but this year is an anomaly
I'm surprised you are using the Saints as a reason to borrow money from the future. They haven't been more successful than the Hawks have, particularly if you consider how much weaker their division has been. And while the Hawks have largely avoided these moves the Saints have spent liberally and have lost a big part of their roster this season paying the price.
mikeak wrote:The cap will be going up massively. Pushing money to the future during this and next year is a no-brainer to remain competitive
I think this notion of an increased cap justifying borrowing stems from comparisons to household spending and government spending and neither are good analogies. The question isn't how the Hawks can manage their own finances in an insular view, but how they compare in every year going forwards to competitors in a winner take all competition.
It's also not like the relative value of players changes that quickly; $10m is going to be the price of a good guard in 2023 just like it is in 2021 and if you spend that money now then you won't have it then.
Deficit spending works (to the extent it does) largely because governments inflate away debt. The Saints didn't get to choose to raise their own salary cap this season but were fixed to the same level as every other team.
Or to put it another way, imagine if we had restructured these contracts last year to go even more all in but had still not won the Super Bowl as a result. We could have $20m+ less to spend than we already do this season.