Paying for past performance is a fundamental tenet of the Hot Sportz Taker Philosophy. The second anyone mentions it even in passing they’re dead to me.
See Welker, Wes
King, I almost added that to my original post! I remember discussing it on here at the time–I had one of the dumbest conversations of my life with my BIL about this, who INSISTED that the Pats should do exactly that. So frustrating when people you actually admire in other ways are hot sportz takers.