It's a lot of money but I don't think it really handcuffs us or keeps us from doing the things we need to do. Bobby, Frank & Jarran are next up to get paid, but outside of them pretty much anybody else who most of us would consider important to retain are under contract through 2021 or 2022. And the salary cap is likely to be upward of $250M at that point, which will make Russell's contract look downright friendly.
Outside of those three guys named, who else are we going to pay big money to this year or next? We've got pieces at most positions. I think we're poised to do the best we can to keep our current core together, we can win with Russell right now. Our LBs are solid, probably a top 5 group in the League. Our D Line is young and gaining experience. We've got some intriguing up and coming pass rushers in Green & Martin who I think will only benefit from playing with Frank. Our secondary is our biggest question mark on D. I think that Shaq & Tre are a pretty high ceiling, up and coming tandem that are probably good enough. Safety is the obvious glaring deficiency.
Offensively, our line appeared to improve significantly last year and I think it's fair to conjecture that they will continue to trend upward. We've got a good young stable of RBs in Carson & Penny. Our WR corps is unlikely to change much, depending largely on the health of Doug Baldwin, but we've shown that we're typically able to get along well enough with a bunch of underdogs at the position. If Dissly comes back healthy I think he is a weapon and Ed Dickson is at the very least capable.
And obviously we're pretty set long term on special teams thanks to the re-addition of Myers
If the alternative to this is to try to get a bunch of draft picks in exchange for Russell and Frank, hope to hit on a QB in the draft, and then spend a bunch of money on high profile free agents (which I admit, could be a lot of fun in a EA Sports sort of way), I'll take Russell and the squad we have right now.