We should do what the eagles are doing

Sure. Brilliant. What an excellent way to paint ourselves into a corner and be stuck with somebody for several seasons who isn't all we thought they'd be because we can't afford the cap hit to trade or cut them ala Michael Vick in Atlanta. Say, could I give the number to the Falcons or Panthers office so you can apply to be their GM?

That's why the Eagles do this during the current season when they have unused cap space because it's not like you can carry it over.

They lock up their good young players early, and most likely at a discounted price from what they would command if they hit free agency.

There's a chance we lose Charles Grant this offseason, possibly for nothing, unless we want to franchise him.