First time poster here.
I have complete confidence in Austin and Co. and I think I know what they're doing. They seem to be following the philosophies of highly successful teams such as the Blackhawks in hockey and Patriots in football, both of whom have to live in a salary cap world like the Ticats. For both of these teams, the philosophy always seems to be:
1)keep your core players at any cost;
2)do not overpay for supporting players.
Look at the Blackhawks (we'll get to the Cats in a second)... they have a core of Toews, Kane, Hossa, and Keith. You know they will do anything to keep this core in tact for as long as possible (they've even locked up Toews and Kane for like a gazillion years). But supporting players like Brandon Saad they can easily part with, because as good as he is, he can be replaced at a cheaper price with someone just as good (like Artemi Panarin).
This is what the Cats seem to be doing. I think they're keeping their core of 4-5 elite players like Collaros, Laurent, Lawrence, Tasker, and Banks, and will pay a high price to do so. These guys are irreplaceable. Guys like Bryan Hall, Justin Hickman, Taylor Reed, and Brian Bulcke are all very good supporting players, but can be replaced and therefore, they will not overpay for them. They will get just as good at a cheaper price through the draft or recruiting.
Just my thoughts.
In Austin I trust.