Category Archive: Best & Worst

Jul 17

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Miami Dolphins

Mike Wallace

Yesterday was the Jets, today their big rivals- the Miami Dolphins…

Best Contract: Cameron Wake

Cameron WakeThis is one of the easiest decisions to make for any team. One can still make the case that Cameron Wake Wake is the best defensive player in the NFL and he was certainly close to being the best when he signed this contract. Former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland hit a lot of foul balls and big strike outs with his contracts, but this was a home run.  Ireland steamrolled Wake, who was a in the final year of a low cost contract, into … Read the rest

Jul 16

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: New York Jets

Eric Decker

Today I get to look at my favorite team, the New York Jets.

Best Contract: Eric Decker

Eric DeckerIn the last few years the Jets have basically been in a holding pattern while dealing with a tight salary cap situation and a number of players that they needed to release. With so few signings, picking a “best” contract on the Jets is not that easy. My first inclination was to go with Chris Ivory since he played well when healthy last year, but a $2.25 million bonus for an always injured running back is more of a gamble than a good … Read the rest

Jul 14

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Carr

We have officially reached the halfway point of our best and worst contracts series with our look at the Dallas Cowboys.

Best Contract: Henry Melton

Henry MeltonI tend to like contracts that might be considered a bit out of the ordinary, if I can find a benefit to the contract for the team. In the case of Henry Melton, I think there are many of benefits for the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas lost their lone defensive star in 2013, defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, to free agency and desperately needed to find a low cost player that could step in and potentially fill … Read the rest

Jul 11

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Pittsburgh Steelers

Heath Miller

We continue our look at the best and worst veteran contracts on each team with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Best Contract: Heath Miller

Heath MillerIt was very tempting to select the contract of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the best on the Steelers. A true franchise quarterback making the market rate of six years ago presents an easy target, with only $23.7 million in cash due over the next two years combined. But, a few restructures have bloated the cap hits somewhat in these last years, though they still fall below what has become the going rate for even lesser quarterbacks since that … Read the rest

Jul 10

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Chicago Bears

Matt Slauson

The Chicago Bears are next up in our look at the best and worst contracts series.

Best Contract: Matt Slauson

Matt SlausonI’ve always liked Matt Slauson since he was a member of the New York Jets. The Jets did not seem to care much for him, but he found a home in Chicago and played very well in 2013 on a very reasonable one year contract. Slauson graded out as one of the top Guards in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus metrics and one would have thought it would have led to a contract that definitely surpassed $4 million … Read the rest

Jul 09

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: St. Louis Rams

Jake Long

We finally get our first participant from the NFC West with our look at the St Louis Rams

Best Contract: Jake Long

Jake LongThe Rams have a different way of handling contracts than many other teams in the NFL. They are more creative and certainly much more quirky with the contracts than others. Most of their contracts maintain a great deal of flexibility, but at the same time there are a number of high guaranteed and high contract value players which make it more difficult to come up with a best contract.

The one contract that the team signed that I … Read the rest

Jul 08

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: New York Giants

Walter Thurmond

Today’s best and worst entry features the New York Giants

Best Contract: Walter Thurmond

Walter ThurmondFor the most part picking through the Giants best contracts comes down to identifying short term deals that seem like good values. Many of their longer term contracts are heavier on bonus money and/or guarantees that lead to a much more player friendly rather than team friendly structure. Of the better contracts on their books I liked Walter Thurmond’s contract as much as anyone’s on the team. I see the Giants as a team somewhat at the crossroads where their long term prospects are tied to … Read the rest

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