If the rumors are true, I will say that I respect it. While he left $4 mil in SD, he's still signed for $8.4 mil, which is a lot of money. He can live very well on that if he's even remotely reasonable, and he gets to do it near his family and community.
There are more important things in the world than money. So kudos to him for getting it, if that really is the case.
Not to mention the cost of living in Carolina is drastically lower than that of Southern California.
You guys are all assuming that he's thinking like we'd all think about our employment opportunities. I can't remember the last time an NFL player in his prime, with the opportunity free agency might have afforded in both money and starting opportunity, chose to take less money and consign himself to a backup role for the sake of things like cost of living, location, family proximity, and such.
If that is really what happened here then more power to him for sure. But I'm more inclined to think he found a far softer market for his services than he thought was out there
, and he didn't like the idea of going back to San Diego, so he made the best of a less advantageous situation.
I thought that was obvious. He visited the Chiefs I think and they signed Hillis shortly after.
I was just discussing his decision between returning to San Diego and going home.