Joined: Jul. 2018
I like these types of deals a lot in general, the biggest issue here is going to be deciding what to do with 29 year old Debrincat. He is a very good player, but he's not in that elite category, and the undisputed best recipe for an awful next contract is a 29 year old very good player coming off of a good value contract.
Either way though, I don't think Teams should be afraid of the next deal when signing the current one. Debrincat wanted too much money for what he is worth right now to go longer term, and that only makes sense if you are getting good value on the back half of the deal, which is a lot of question marks regarding the cap at that time, and Debrincat's decline in his 30's. Instead, Detoit signs Debrincat for essentially his peak value years (25-29) at a cap number that is fair today, but will likely be a value contract in years 2-4, and given similar deals we have seen, can let the next contract be someone else's problem if the number doesn't make sense.