for the love…. ok. I’ll play. You have NO EVIDENCE that our facilities have NOT affected signing or re-signing players. Have you talked to every single FA we have tried to sign over the years to find out why they didn’t sign with us? Pointing to FA’s signing with us doesn’t make your OPINION a fact.
I’m not saying it did or didn’t, because there is no way to know without asking every FA that’s come through for a visit. It just gets ridiculous the way you present your OPINION as an irrefutable fact and then scoff at anyone who dares to question you.
OK, apart from all the top 10 and 20 FA's that have signed for us in the last 10 years, which I have previously listed, that would have had multiple options in who to join.
The complete lack of evidence from any player ever stating they didn't join a team because of the facilities, not just for the Cardinals, not just in the NFL but in any sport ever. I've never in 25 years of following pro sports heard a player say they didn't sign because the facilities were not top notch.
Plus with the fact that the vast, vast majority of players don't see the team facilities until after a deal is signed so how could it possible factor into their decision? "Sorry guys, you have the best deal but I heard your gym floor needs replacing. I'm out".
Apart from all that and the complete lack of evidence to the contrary that it HAS stopped players signing you're right. I have nothing.
I cannot say definitively without personally talking to every potential FA we ever tried to sign but on the balance of evidence I can be highly confident.
And as I said earlier, who cares? Who would want a fully grown adult male that plays football on their team that thinks the facilities being a 7 instead of a 10 is important? It's not RuPaul's Drag Race.
Let me ask you this. Do you truly believe if the Cardinals are offering $50m over 4 years and team B is offering $48m over 4 years that they choose B because the facilities are nicer?
What about if both offer the same money but team B is in a 5% tax state and Arizona is less than 3%? Still no right?
What about if both offer the same money but team B is offering $25m guaranteed and Arizona is offering $28m? Still no for anyone sensible. Certainly me.
What about if it's the same money but one if freezing Chicago and the other warm Arizona? Still a no for me.
How many of the dozens of more important deciding factors would you need go through before you reached the facilities being a deciding factor?
Maybe if the money, signing bonus, guarantees, status of the team, weather, tax, quarterback level, division, head coach, how close it is to travel home are all identical then you might get training facilities entering the decision.