Everyone loves Kyle Vanden Bosch, and this columnist is no exception.
However, the talented defensive end is 32 and is owed $5 million in each of the next two years and may or may not be worth that in the immediate future.
Don't get the wrong impression, KVB has a ton of football left and all signs point to him retiring in a Detroit Lions jersey. The question is, does he have starter's minutes coming to him and if not, should he have starter's money?
Defensive tackle, Corey Williams is in the exact same situation—on the wrong side of 30 and younger players fighting for his starting position. He is due $4.9 million over the next two.
Will both players take pay cuts to allow for roster flexibility and long-term financial gain? Will both players step aside gracefully and allow Lawrence Jackson and Nick Fairley to share the spotlight?
Right now, all signs point to yes. Kyle Vanden Bosch is a leader of this team and has never been anything if not a mentor for the younger players. Corey Williams has been a model citizen during his time in Honolulu Blue.
Nothing is set until the pen is put to the paper.
Know this: Jim Schwartz values defensive linemen more than any other position—that much should be crystal clear—but he also values a deep rotation and that means not paying ever lineman as much as the market might allow. Just ask John Thornton, Jevon Kerse and Antwan Odom, all who earned big paychecks in Tennessee, but collected them elsewhere.
With a finite amount of money to go around, it should be headed toward Jackson, Fairley, Avril and any future rotational fixtures for this team.
This isn't the most immediate question to be answered on this list, but it might be the most important.