First, let me say I have a very rudimentary knowledge of how the salary cap works. That being said...
From most of the posts (even some of the staff) it seems like the focus or justification for not signing a "high" priced free agent (Cough, cough Goldson) is a lack of salary cap space in the future. People love to throw out names like Green, Dalton, Dunlop, Atkins, and Zeitler as the reason why we can't have nice things this offseason.
While I understand a massive salary hit over a number of years can restrict the teams ability to resign guys with expiring rookie contracts who have earned a pay day and we want to keep, we don't really have those guys this offseason.
Why exactly can't the team have 1 or 2 year contracts OR heavily front-loaded contracts for this cap year? For example, (these numbers are just for this example) let's say M00bs want 4 years/24 mil. Despite the incentive issue with him, wouldn't something like this be both doable and an excellent use of the gobs of salary cap space we have?
Signing Bonus $6m
2013 - $10m ($10 + $1.5 = $11.5 total)
2014 - $4m ($5.5 total)
2015 - $2m ($3.5 total)
2016 - $2m ($3.5 total)
Again, not a salary cap expert but the way I (likely incorrectly) understand the signing bonus is distributed throughout the contract. This even leaves open the door for a (relatively) cheap cut in 2015/16 if a guy doesn't turn out...
If this is correct, what exactly IS the front office doing?