Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Kansas City Chiefs

Best: Jamaal Charles, 4 years, $27.75 million, $3.95M guaranteed

There were a few options here. I thought the contract with Jaye Howard was exceptionally strong despite only being for two season. I think they did a few clever things with Travis Kelce and Justin Houston in terms of structure. But its just so hard to beat that Jamaal Charles contract, even factoring in the injuries he has sustained through the years. Continue reading Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Kansas City Chiefs »

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Denver Broncos

Today we’ll start the AFC West with our best and worst selection for the Denver Broncos.

Best: Chris Harris, 5 years, $42.5 million, $10M guaranteed

John Elway pulled off one of the greatest con jobs of all time to get Harris to agree to this contract late in the 2014 season. Harris was already gaining recognition around the NFL as one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL and he was every bit as good as teammate Aqib Talib. At the least Harris should have matched Talib’s $9.5M per year contract, but he’ll end up earning $6.5 million less over a 5 year period. While his overall guarantee of $24 million is closer to Talib’s that in no way should make up for the differential. Continue reading Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Denver Broncos »

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Tennessee Titans

Best: Jurrell Casey, 4 years, $36 million, $13M guaranteed

I’m not sure anybody can explain this contract and how the Titans were able to do this one. By 2013 Casey had developed into one of the best interior defenders in the NFL. He was solid in all phases of the game, had more or less started every game since his rookie year, and had just come off a season in which he amassed 10.5 sacks. Continue reading Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Tennessee Titans »

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Jacksonville Jaguars

A little late with the Jaguars entry, but we are close to wrapping up our look at the AFC South. There is a running list in the right sidebar with links to all of our Best and Worst picks so far…

Best: Tashaun Gipson, 5 years, $36 million, $12M guaranteed

Two years ago Gipson was considered to have an outside chance at becoming the highest paid safety in the NFL, but an injury happened and that was followed by a year of lackluster play. Still we have seen other players somewhat limp into free agency and still score big and in a few cases with this Jaguars team. That didn’t happen with Gipson who signed a reasonable deal with the Jaguars. Continue reading Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Jacksonville Jaguars »

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Indianapolis Colts

Our picks continue in the AFC South with the Colts

Best: Mike Adams, 2 years, $4.3 million, $1.2M guaranteed

Adams certainly has been around the NFL playing with four teams over 12 seasons in the NFL, but the best years of his career have come at the end of it with the Colts. The Colts signed Adams as a minimum salaried player in 2014 where he became one of the better players for the season with 77 tackles and 5 interceptions. Adams was named to the Pro Bowl that year. Continue reading Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Indianapolis Colts »

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Houston Texans

Kicking off our look around the AFC South with the Texans…

Best: JJ Watt, 6 years, $100 million, $20.9M guaranteed

The Texans have a few good deals on their team, but the way they handled JJ Watt’s negotiation makes it very hard to select any other player. I don’t think there was any question that Watt, when he signed his new contract, was the best defensive player in the NFL. The only question, which seems silly in hindsight, is what kind of value could you give a 34 defensive end which had not been a high priced position at that time. Continue reading Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Houston Texans »

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Pittsburgh Steelers

We wrap up our look at the AFC North today with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starting tomorrow or Saturday will be the AFC South, which we will kick off with the Texans.

Best: Antonio Brown, 5 years, $41.9 million, $8.5M guaranteed

I was a bit conflicted with this choice because if you go back to 2012 when this was signed Brown had one 1,100 yard season and his other year in the NFL produced less than 175 yards. Brown was a 6th round pick so it’s not as if he was a can’t miss prospect and he was not considered the number 1 receiver on the team at the time. That distinction went to Mike Wallace who was feuding with Steelers management over a contract. In many ways this contract was considered to be something of a message to Wallace that the Steelers were prepared to move on and he needed to report. So in many ways this was a risky contract. Continue reading Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Pittsburgh Steelers »