Hmm.. I agree with a change to make it easier to keep veterans around, but this isnt that case. He is simply asking too much for what he is. The market doesnt value him that much, the market -- except for a bump he caused a couple years ago -- generally doesnt value safeties. Now, in my opinion, thats a flawed market but thats what happens all the time. Markets are irrational. But in this case, its not really. He is essentially asking to get paid for what he is done. Now is not the time to give him a raise...that makes no sense at all.
I wouldnt get too used to having him around. This feels like a Duane Brown situation possibly.