In the salary cap era, we also have to talk dollars when it comes to player evaluation. Svatos' new deal ($1.2 million) is actually a raise from his previous seasons earnings ($1.05 million). Why the raise if he's struggling? Like others have said, I think this is likely a show of faith by management to a young, developing player without a long-term commitment. All in all, I like this signing, as it's WAY too early to give up on a young player who had the potential to be a point-per-game player.