Byard is scheduled to have a $17M cap hit during what would be the first year of a Fulton extension.
Why does everyone assume Byard will either leave via FA or take a big pay cut at 30yo? There’s a good chance he has another 4-5 years of Pro Bowl level play.
There’s also a strong chance that the Titans have to sign vet CB in next 2 years if Farley and/or McCreary don’t pan out.
Not many teams dedicate that much of their cap to the safety position, even disregarding their CB salaries. Not sure why it’s controversial to acknowledge to risk of paying two safeties top of market money. And by the way, Byard is now underpaid after what Fitzpatrick got, and Hooker’s contract could be hefty.