Jul 26

Buccaneers and Carl Nicks Part Ways…

Guard Carl Nicks has apparently decided to walk away from football following two injury riddled years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nicks had signed a $47.5 million contract with the Buccaneers in 2012 that made him the highest paid guard in the NFL.

The contract was a good example of the problems that can occur with the all cash salary cap model that is employed by Tampa Bay. Because all cash contracts contain no signing bonus it often leads to lower cash flows in the first year of the contract than awarded in more traditional NFL contracts. The players also … Read the rest

Jul 25

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Cincinnati Bengals

Domata Peko

My final look for the week features the Cincinnati Bengals

Best Contract: Andrew Whitworth

Andrew WhitworthSlowly but surely the Bengals have become one of my favorite teams to study for contracts. They have a reputation for being cheap but they have been able to field a good team for a few years now and the contracts are almost all very team friendly. They do a good job extending early and using cap room early to make players easy to move on from if they do not work out.

Andrew Whitworth remains, for me, the best value on this team. His contract … Read the rest

Jul 25

Hard to Compare Marshawn Lynch and Jamaal Charles

Dollar per yard

While we already have discussed the Marshawn Lynch contract on the site in the past I thought in light of his holdout that we could use this as an opportunity to look at certain distinctions between contract situations. On it’s face the immediate reaction to Lynch holding out is that Jamaal Charles got a raise and thus the Seahawks should follow the pattern to give Lynch what he deserves. However, the two contract situations are very different.

Charles was underpaid during the term of his agreement. Based on his production at the time of signing (which was more or less … Read the rest

Jul 24

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice

Up next in our look at the best and worst contracts on each roster are the Baltimore Ravens.

Best Contract: Marshal Yanda

Marshal YandaA good contract is often a gift that keeps on giving. Even as the guard market has eroded somewhat, the deal signed by Yanda three years ago affords the Ravens top-level play at a price millions below the top of the positional market. This holds true in terms of this year’s cap cost, cash cost, and average salary per year.

The deal offers a good example of the effect that draft status as a rookie has on later … Read the rest

Jul 24

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe


Taking a look at the Kansas City Chiefs

Best Contract: Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

Even with a new contract extension this is an easy choice. I wrote about Charles the other day and painted the picture about how much of a bargain he is compared to the other players in the market. Going back to 2012, on a team completely devoid of offensive talent, Charles ran for over 1,500 yards.  Considering he was returning from injury it was an incredible season that was lost in the shuffle because Adrian Peterson had a year for the ages also coming back from injury. … Read the rest

Jul 24

NFL Roster Moves- July 23, 2014

With training camps underway we now begin a phase of the NFL offseason where transactions pick up and players are routinely cut and signed from the various teams. On days when the transactions are a bit more meaningful to everyone I’ll try to do a bit of a recap of the moves and the finances behind them.

Contract Renegotiations

The Kansas City Chiefs reworked the contract of star running back Jamaal Charles to immediately squash a potential holdout by Charles. I had discussed yesterday how underpaid Charles was relative to his peers and while this helps bridge the gap it … Read the rest

Jul 23

Looking at Jamaal Charles’ Contract and Chiefs Salary Cap

According to KCTV5, Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles is going to hold out of training camp in the hopes of earning a new contract with the Chiefs.

Charles’ situation is not all that different than the contract situation of Andre Johnson that I have alluded to in the past concerning the disgruntled wide receiver playing for years on an under market contract. Charles was one of the last signings under the old CBA, agreeing to a five year extension worth $27 million in December of 2010. Rather than fighting the uncertainty of the labor situation, Charles agreed to the … Read the rest

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