I think Bennett let Petero go to the Panthers over that policy. Petero's salary at the panthers was nearly 10% of the salary cap, almost as eye-watering as Ponga's deal - which seems to be around 10-12% of the cap. He's not really wrong. It's a simple job for a large and willing body to do a good enough job.What I will say is when we re-signed DSaf it was in his real purple patch wasn’t it? When it looked like he’d go in to be a top 3 prop in the game. Still ridiculous money for a prop. Didn’t Brian Smith have the rule about not overspending in props? Or was that Bennett?
I think we can infer that Smithy felt similarly given he had AK47 and Dan Tolar lining up for us at one stage, but I don't know if he's ever on record talking about it.