I think you can franchise 3 years in a row but that 3rd year is unsustainably high for any position other than QB. If his demands are extreme, which $4M greater than the top salary at his position is extreme IMO, then he will he franchised. Bakh won’t like it, but it’s a business and that’s how it works. He’s right that the team has the ability to make moves to find the money to help him out, but his team also has the ability to find wiggle room in contract structure to be team friendly.
We can all thank the genius twat Bill O’Brien for this situation. It’s not enough he makes bizarre and counter productive moves for his own team, but setting the LT market $6M above the next contract per year is ridiculous. Tunsil isn’t even that good, he’s good, but he’s not the best in the league. Give DBakh 4 years, $90M, with $30M guaranteed. That’s workable for everyone.
A top LT isn’t a what gets you a Super Bowl, but it can be a hole that keeps you from a SB. Remember life before DBakh? The Marshall Newhouse era? The Derek Sherrod era that barely happened? Replacing a LT can be a shit show.