I do care about the draft picks, this has been the lifeblood of the teams success the last 6-7 years.
If you allow a team environment that says you will cave in negotiations, you get a team that will always be looking for quick fix solutions to personal problems. Teams like the Steelers and Patriots have the same philosophy as AJ...and it has worked out pretty well for them...will you have you stars leave...yes, plenty have left the steel city for bigger paychecks, as have many left New England...but at the end of the day its important to send the message that the inmates are not running the asylum.
I'll still with AJ's track record, eventually he will be able to drop the "Lord of No Rings" monkey off his back.
As long as Rivers stays healthy, they will always have a shot at the division and in the playoffs.