My main point though, is why our cap guy can't seem to spend money more wisely.
Again, we were arguably the best team in the NFL between 2009-2011. The article you posted was from before this past season. Did you dislike Loomis then? Will you dislike him if we have a defense in the 15-20 range and go 12-4 next season?
Who wouldn't want a boss that let them do whatever the hell they wanted? That's the "relationship" that Payton always talks about between him and Loomis. He's not getting that anywhere else, unless they just name him coach and GM.
And Payton is one of the 5 best coaches in football. If that's what he wants, then we should (and did) give it to him. We've been tight against the cap since after the uncapped year and he still finds ways to sign the likes of Lofton, Bunkley, and Hawthorne while extending Brees, Colston, Greer, Moore, etc...
We're in bad shape now but a few obvious moves (cutting Smith and Vilma) and we'll have breathing room. And as ugly as it looks, I thought we were going to have to let players like Moore, Colston, and Harper (bad signing) go and that we wouldn't stand a chance at landing Lofton, but he gets shite done.