Let me tell you a lesson that I learned a long time ago that I think applies to being the GM of the Buffalo Bills. I play rotisserie baseball, so we have a salary cap of $280 to bid on players and fill our roster. One year, I had a lot of cheap players that I kept going into the auction. So I had a LOT of money to spend compared to the other 11 owners. Inflation was really high and players were going for way too much money. So, I sat back and waited for the values to start dropping. I kept saying to myself "I am not going to overpay for players."
Well, by the end of the auction I didn't overpay for any players. I did manage to get a few values on some guys, but I also ended up not using my entire $280. It was wasted. And you know what, my team stunk that year. The lesson I learned is that sometimes, given market conditions and the player involved, you have to overpay. If you don't, your team will stink. And if you follow that strategy every year, your team will stink for a long time.
On the flip side, you have to be careful not to overpay for the wrong player. That is an even worse situation to be in. The name Derrick Dockery comes to my mind. But, you have to trust your talent evaluators and if you feel a player is going to produce well for you, and you have to overpay a little for his services, then I think you need to be prepared to do that.
I don't know if Poz was worth overpaying or not. For now, I am trusting OBD. But, I can't say that I am not very concerned that it was so clearly stated that they wanted to keep him but they weren't willing to overpay a little bit for his services. If he was so highly desired by OBD, then they should have spent a little over their budget to keep him.
I just hope they learn the lesson that sometimes you do have to overpay for players that you want. Not to overpay by crazy amounts, but if you want to build a winning team then you need to invest in the core players to build around.