I like how much of an issue people have made this out to be.
Speculating AD will be gone, Greenway will be gone, RE will be gone.
The only one that holds any weight is RE, with a slight possibility of Greenway, although he's already said he's going to play out his contract and not make a fuss. If it comes, it comes.
So you don't agree with the premise that the author has with respect to why they all might be gone?
If in fact, that comes true, all of them will probably be gone.
When is the last time you saw a team have a complete firesale and let all their good players leave?
With how they've put together the team, I find it very had to believe they just let them all walk.
The author ties it in to the Stadium issue, which can make sense. But, if we don't ahve a stadium, we have bigger issues than not having Rice, Edwards, Greenway and Peterson back.
Without those guys, we go from Superbowl contenders to top 10 pick contenders. Without some of the lesser guys like TJ, we're looking at top 5 even. The coaches aren't stupid (well.. maybe, but) They know the importance of having good players, and will make every attempt to get them back. Peterson MIGHT become expendable if Gerhart is the beast we all hope, but I can't believe we'd let him just walk for free.
Yes, some players get their contracts taken care of early. Some don't. I don't think its necessarily a reflection on individual season performance, but I think its 90% financial reasons.
For example, Peterson's up in 2 years. Lets say we get a new cap for 2 years from now. If we've got space taht year, I bet they re-work to use up that space as much as possible while freeing up space in future years for new signings.
Then again, without much room, negotiations will likely take backseat.
With no cap now, and no indication what the future might bring, I see why we're being cautious. Re-signing Rice, Greenway, edwards and Peterson will be very expensive. One or two of them will walk, almsost guaranteed. They won't want to shell out 50 mil this year on 4 players only to find out they screwed themselves in regards to cap space. What do you do then? Cut them and you get a cap hit. Trades are uncommon. Thats how teams like the raiders and redskins constantly get in cap trouble.