Over the Cap http://overthecap.com NFL Salary Cap, Player Contracts, and Related News and Analysis Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:07:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 NFL Predictions: Week 16 Thursday Night Footballhttp://overthecap.com/nfl-predictions-week-16-thursday-night-football/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-predictions-week-16-thursday-night-football/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:07:35 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8525 Titans (+4.5) over JAGUARS- I think its fitting that Thursday night football ends the season with perhaps the worst possible game of the last 10 years. After suffering through Jets/Titans last week Im not sure I can take back to back Tennessee games and doubt Ill give it more than  a glance. Just to keep up with the predictions Ill take the Titans to win outright.  Titans 17 Jaguars 16

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Titans (+4.5) over JAGUARS- I think its fitting that Thursday night football ends the season with perhaps the worst possible game of the last 10 years. After suffering through Jets/Titans last week Im not sure I can take back to back Tennessee games and doubt Ill give it more than  a glance. Just to keep up with the predictions Ill take the Titans to win outright.  Titans 17 Jaguars 16

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Jay Cutler Benchedhttp://overthecap.com/jay-cutler-benched/ http://overthecap.com/jay-cutler-benched/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:26:23 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8523 I’ve posted many times here on how overvalued Jay Cutler has been and now according to Adam Scheffter of ESPN he has been benched for his poor play.

The move marks yet another chapter in the Cutler contract saga that has been heavily debated since it was signed last year. It was a contract that came under a great deal of scrutiny due to the high guarantees given to someone who at best could be described as inconsistent but talented. … Read the rest

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I’ve posted many times here on how overvalued Jay Cutler has been and now according to Adam Scheffter of ESPN he has been benched for his poor play.

The move marks yet another chapter in the Cutler contract saga that has been heavily debated since it was signed last year. It was a contract that came under a great deal of scrutiny due to the high guarantees given to someone who at best could be described as inconsistent but talented. The questions really should have started long before the deal was ever signed as the Bears somewhat dragged their feet on the deal possibly costing millions in the process.

The Bears had all of 2013 to work out  contract with Cutler. Had they signed him to an extension that year they could have guaranteed his $8.47 million salary, which was already virtually guaranteed since he was going to be their starter. Rather than taking a proactive approach  they waited out the 2013 season one in which some argued he was outplayed by Josh McCown. Cutler missed 5 games that year and what Cutler did in those 11 games to take the question marks out of the process is a mystery. It seemed logical that Chicago would use the $16.2 million franchise tag to protect their long term security but instead they rapidly signed him to  a contract in January that would pay him $22.5 million in 2014 and guarantee him another $15.5 million in 2015.

Now the decision for the Bears becomes what to do with Cutler and his massive contract. Their best option is to try to find a team willing to take a chance on Cutler. His salary in 2015 is $15.5 million which is probaby low enough for  team to take a gamble on him, but the problem is that a team trading for him would also assume what is likely to be $16 million in guarantees in 2016 as well.  For a player who has been a 3rd tier performer and is often injured that may be too much risk.

Trading Cutler leaves the Bears with just a $4 million dead money hit on their salary cap and would create $12.5 million in cap space in 2015. Cutler’s contract contains dead money because the Bears converted a portion of his base salary to a signing bonus to aid them in signing Jared Allen.  If he remains in Chicago he will carry a $16.5 million cap hit in 2015 and $17 million cap hit in 2016. The 2016 number would be completely wiped from the books.

Cutting Cutler is not really an option. If they release him the Bears will still need to pay him $15.5 million.  In addition his bonus money would accelerate, leaving Chicago with a $19.5 million cap charge. That cap charge would result in a loss of $3 million in cap room. If they were to consider it they would need to release him in early March. On the 3rd day of the 2015 League Year $10 million of Cutler’s $16 million salary in 2016 becomes fully guaranteed.

The most realistic option might be a common ground trade settlement where the Bears would either pay a portion of Cutlers contract to allievate the burden of guarantees in the contract to the acquiring team or agree to take on a bad contract in return. Such a scenario paints the best financial situation for any team involved.

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49ers Release Ray McDonaldhttp://overthecap.com/49ers-release-ray-mcdonald/ http://overthecap.com/49ers-release-ray-mcdonald/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:08:16 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8521 The San Francisco 49ers have announced that they have waived defensive lineman Ray McDonald in light of a recent investigation into sexual assault charges. This was likely an easy decision for the 49ers as McDonald was entering the final year of his contract in 2015 and likely going to face a suspension by the NFL under the personal conduct policy. With the team struggling and out of the playoff race it would make little sense to deal with the questions that would come up about why McDonald remained on the team. With a strong chance that he would either be … Read the rest

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The San Francisco 49ers have announced that they have waived defensive lineman Ray McDonald in light of a recent investigation into sexual assault charges. This was likely an easy decision for the 49ers as McDonald was entering the final year of his contract in 2015 and likely going to face a suspension by the NFL under the personal conduct policy. With the team struggling and out of the playoff race it would make little sense to deal with the questions that would come up about why McDonald remained on the team. With a strong chance that he would either be released next season for salary cap purposes or forced to miss a large number of games, releasing McDonald with two weeks remaining avoids a lot of unneeded attention for the team.

The 49ers had converted $2.645 million of McDonalds salary into a signing bonus this August to help with the teams tight salary cap position entering the season. To obtain further relief they added two additional void years to the contract.  Because of that bonus McDonald will carry a $4,609,971 cap charge next season for San Francisco. He was scheduled to earn $4.2 million and carry a $5.946 million cap charge. His release will free up about $1.86 million in cap room.

As a vested veteran McDonald is eligible for termination pay following the season if he clears waivers. Termination pay is essentially a base salary guarantee that every veteran earns for a season by being active during the season. Because of this McDonald will continue to count against the 49ers salary cap at the same figure as if he were on the roster. McDonald can choose to file for this payment after the season.  Because you can only file for termination pay once in an NFL career there is probably a good chance that McDonald will not use it this season provided he thinks he can return to the NFL at a later date. He would collect $100,588 in salary by putting in a claim, a number far lower than his required minimum salary if another team signed him in the future.

I’ll leave McDonald’s salary cap page up for another day or two as is before moving him to the dead money list for the 2015 season.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 16http://overthecap.com/nfl-power-rankings-week-16/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-power-rankings-week-16/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:58:46 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8518

I’m a bit short on time this week so no real commentary on the rankings. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments and Ill try to get back to you on it.

NFL Power Rankings, Through Week 15

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RankChangeTeamScoring EfficiencyDefensive EfficiencyTotal EfficiencyProjected Wins
1-Patriots47.9%12.8%60.7%13.7
2-Broncos44.6%2.6%47.3%12.4
3-Packers38.3%-1.6%36.7%11.4
4-Colts34.2%1.3%35.5%11.3
5-Seahawks8.1%24.6%32.8%11.1
6-Ravens13.0%16.5%29.5%10.8
7-Eagles33.2%

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I’m a bit short on time this week so no real commentary on the rankings. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments and Ill try to get back to you on it.

NFL Power Rankings, Through Week 15

RankChangeTeamScoring EfficiencyDefensive EfficiencyTotal EfficiencyProjected Wins
1-Patriots47.9%12.8%60.7%13.7
2-Broncos44.6%2.6%47.3%12.4
3-Packers38.3%-1.6%36.7%11.4
4-Colts34.2%1.3%35.5%11.3
5-Seahawks8.1%24.6%32.8%11.1
6-Ravens13.0%16.5%29.5%10.8
7-Eagles33.2%-10.8%22.4%10.1
8+2Bills-1.9%21.8%19.9%9.9
9-Chiefs3.4%15.8%19.3%9.8
10+1Cardinals-8.1%23.9%15.8%9.5
11-3Dolphins7.6%8.1%15.7%9.5
12-Lions-14.9%26.5%11.5%9.1
13+3Cowboys16.4%-6.9%9.5%8.9
14+1Steelers19.8%-11.6%8.2%8.7
15-1Texans-4.6%12.3%7.7%8.7
16+2Bengals-5.3%12.4%7.1%8.7
17-4Chargers-0.1%6.1%5.9%8.6
18-1Rams-4.3%2.1%-2.2%7.8
19+1Saints13.6%-19.2%-5.6%7.4
20+1Vikings-16.0%8.3%-7.7%7.3
21+149ers-21.9%12.4%-9.5%7.1
22+2Giants-1.0%-8.8%-9.9%7.0
23-Falcons8.6%-18.8%-10.2%7.0
24-5Browns-17.6%6.0%-11.6%6.9
25-Panthers-13.3%-7.1%-20.3%6.1
26-Bears-7.6%-26.4%-34.0%4.8
27-Jets-26.9%-12.4%-39.3%4.3
28-Redskins-20.2%-21.8%-42.0%4.0
29-Buccaneers-24.6%-18.6%-43.2%3.9
30+2Jaguars-35.7%-11.6%-47.3%3.5
31-1Raiders-26.7%-22.8%-49.5%3.3
32-1Titans-28.7%-21.8%-50.5%3.2

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NFL Stock Down: Week 15http://overthecap.com/nfl-stock-week-15-2/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-stock-week-15-2/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:30:48 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8513

Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.

Jordan Cameron- I’m not even sure if what Cameron has done would even be considered limping into free agency it has been so poor. Last season Cameron was a key part … Read the rest

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Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.

Jordan Cameron- I’m not even sure if what Cameron has done would even be considered limping into free agency it has been so poor. Last season Cameron was a key part of the offense, putting up nearly 1,000 yards and looking poised to be one of the next explosive young tight ends. He’s not even going to reach 400 yards during this injury plagued seasons. He’s cost himself millions this year.

Julius Thomas- Speaking of tight ends without the big numbers, Thomas has kind of flown under the radar in terms of minimal impact. Thomas has failed to gain more than 33 yards in five of his last six games and hauled in just one pass this week, albeit for 30 yards. Barring an explosive finish he will average less than 45 yards a game and while his touchdown total is incredibly impressive that will be discounted in free agency.

Justin Forsett- Forsett was one of my top picks for the all bargain team, but for whatever reason was unable to get on track against the Jaguars. Forsett averaged just 3 yards a carry and lost a yard in the passing game. He’ll want a better finish to get him a bit more security next year.

New Contract Disappointment Of The Week

Jordy Nelson- As a group I think the Packers sold the Bills defense short, but Nelson went a level beyond which included a huge drop of what should have been a surefire touchdown. It was a play that would have changed the entire complexion of the game and he just lost the ball. All told he only caught 5 of 12 targets for 55 yards.

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NFL Stock Up: Week 15http://overthecap.com/nfl-stock-week-15/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-stock-week-15/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:28:31 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8510

Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have helped their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that exceeded all expectations and provided exceptional value to his team.

Dez Bryant- Bryant was quiet the last time the Eagles and Cowboys met, but he came back with a big one this time and was virtually unstoppable by the end zone. Bryant’s first TD reception … Read the rest

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Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have helped their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that exceeded all expectations and provided exceptional value to his team.

Dez Bryant- Bryant was quiet the last time the Eagles and Cowboys met, but he came back with a big one this time and was virtually unstoppable by the end zone. Bryant’s first TD reception was the type of catch few can make and why when people ask me about where he ranks I always put him very high. He should be set to get a monster contract in free agency.

Jason Pierre-Paul- The Giants teed off on the Redskins offensive line and JPP led the way with 2.5 sacks. Pierre-Paul is closing the year strong against inferior competition with 6 sacks and 13 solo tackles in his last three games. He seems a lock to finish the year with double digit sacks and is doing his best to convince teams he can still be a consistent force.

Nate Washington- While it was a losing effort, Washington ate up the Jets secondary for over 100 yards.  Washington is the type of player that can help  veteran contender next season and games like this remind the NFL that he still exists down in Tennessee.

 

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2015 NFL Draft Selection Trackerhttp://overthecap.com/2015-nfl-draft-selection-tracker/ http://overthecap.com/2015-nfl-draft-selection-tracker/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:29:31 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8285

Welcome to our NFL Draft Selection Tracker. We are currently updated through the results of all the games in week 15. Hopefully this tracker will give you a better idea for your mock drafting or fan discussions as it reflects the overall SOS rather than the SOS at this moment in time.

The draft order for the first 20 selections is determined by win/loss record with ties being broken by strength of schedule.  Most draft charts will only use the current SOS, but for this chart we use the SOS projections for a teams’ entire schedule since it’s that number … Read the rest

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Welcome to our NFL Draft Selection Tracker. We are currently updated through the results of all the games in week 15. Hopefully this tracker will give you a better idea for your mock drafting or fan discussions as it reflects the overall SOS rather than the SOS at this moment in time.

The draft order for the first 20 selections is determined by win/loss record with ties being broken by strength of schedule.  Most draft charts will only use the current SOS, but for this chart we use the SOS projections for a teams’ entire schedule since it’s that number that eventually matters. Picks 21 through 32 are determined by playoff exits.

I think at this point we now definitively know the top 6 teams in the draft though there are still questions as to the order at the tio.

Tampa Bay: Odds on favorite if they lose out to get the number 1. They still play New Orleans so its not a given they will lose out. They also play Green Bay. If they win one more game at worst they pick 3rd barring a tie in the Jaguar/Titan gams. If they lose out and the Titans win one game they will win the number 1.

Tennessee: The Titans cleared one hurdle by losing to the Jets. Now they play Thursday against the Jaguars in the toilet bowl.  They will likely need the Buccaneers to win a game to get to the number 1 as they are 5 wins in behind them in the SOS. With week 17 mainly being divisional games it gives them almost no chance to catch up. Losing out assures them of the two. A win against Jacksonville will drop them as low as 4.

Jacksonville: If they beat Tennessee and move to 3 wins they will end up as number 5. Jacksonville can only get to number 1 by losing out and having Tampa win a game.

Oakland: After a blowout loss to Kansas City and the Bills and Broncos left they should be a lock for 2 wins. Getting to 1 is near impossible. They need the top 3 teams to each lose a game to get back to the top pick.  Odds are they will be the number 3 pick in the draft.

Washington: The Redskins look poised to lose out and finish with 3 wins. They are essentilly eliminated from the number one pick as it would require Tampa Bay to win two. the Titans to win two, Jacksonville to lose to the Titans and win in week 17, and the Raiders to win a game. Their best bet is to get to the 4 is the Jaguars win on Thursday. Worst case scenario should see them picking 7th

New York Jets: The Jets drop to 6 with the win against Tennesee and with the Dolphins imploding might even have a shot in week 17. The number 1 pick is out of their reach since the Titans or Jaguars will finish with no more than 3 wins this year. Both will beat the Jets in a tiebreaker. The best they can likely do is the 5, which requires a Raiders or Redskins win. In theory they can fall much further if the Giants and Falcons lose out while the Jets win out, but I dont think anyone expects that.

I updated the draft standings to reflect what I think are the current playoff teams so that’s why the Panthers pick so low rather than picking inside the 15.

If you notice any other errors also let me know and Ill check the formulas to make sure the schedules are correct.

2015 Projected Draft Order, December 16

PickTeamWin %SOS
1Buccaneers0.1430.480
2Titans0.1430.493
3Jaguars0.1430.511
4Raiders0.1430.585
5Redskins0.2140.496
6Jets0.2140.549
7Falcons0.3570.484
8Giants0.3570.509
9Bears0.3570.520
10Panthers0.3930.493
11Vikings0.4290.475
12Rams0.4290.536
13Texans0.5000.444
14Browns0.5000.467
15Dolphins0.5000.513
1649ers0.5000.540
17Bills0.5710.518
18Chargers0.5710.518
19Chiefs0.5710.518
20Eagles0.6430.475
21Saints0.4290.480
22Steelers0.6430.453
23Ravens0.6430.471
24Bengals0.6790.498
25Cowboys0.7140.446
26Colts0.7140.471
27Lions0.7140.471
28Packers0.7140.484
29Seahawks0.7140.533
30Patriots0.7860.516
31Cardinals0.7860.522
32Broncos0.7860.529

 

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NFL Predictions 2014: Week 15http://overthecap.com/nfl-predictions-2014-week-15/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-predictions-2014-week-15/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:57:50 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8505

Last week’s record was 11-5 and 9-7. Not great by any means but an improvement over last week.  The record now stands at 138-69-1 and 115-89-4….

CHIEFS (-10.5) over Raiders- Kansas City needs the win and this should be a revenge game against the team that may have turned their season for the worst. Oakland hasnt shown much consistency so its hard to know if they will or will not be up for this game. Chiefs 27 Raiders 13

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Last week’s record was 11-5 and 9-7. Not great by any means but an improvement over last week.  The record now stands at 138-69-1 and 115-89-4….

CHIEFS (-10.5) over Raiders- Kansas City needs the win and this should be a revenge game against the team that may have turned their season for the worst. Oakland hasnt shown much consistency so its hard to know if they will or will not be up for this game. Chiefs 27 Raiders 13

RAVENS (-14) over Jaguars- This would be quite the shock if it was close. Ravens are in a different league than Jacksonville who is probably looking towards Thursday’s “showdown” rather than this one. Ravens 31 Jaguars 13

Steelers (-3) over FALCONS- We all know Pittsburgh is the much better team but we also know that everytime they seem to turn the corner they will go out and get whacked by a bad football team. I dont feel good about this pick because of that but logic tels me not to pick the Falcons. Steelers 34 Falcons 27

Texans (+7) over COLTS- Id expect Houston to give this a good effort and the Colts havent looked great the last few weeks Still Andrew Luck will be too much for Houston, but Id expect them to be within a touchdown. Colts 27 Texans 24

Bengals (+2.5) over BROWNS- Johnny Manziel is the big story of the game but if the Browns are to win the gme it will be because of their defense shutting down a spotty Bengals offensse. Should be close but I think the Bengals are better .Bengals 20 Browns 17

Dolphins (+7) over PATRIOTS- This may be the last stand for the Dolphins whose players may wnt a new coaching staff. I expect Miami’s defense to keep the game close before the Patriots put it away in the 4th quarter. Patriots 27 Dolphins 23

PANTHERS (-3.5) over Buccaneers- Somehow Carolina is still alive in the playoff race and should overcome  a Tampa team that gives effort but has little talent. Panthers 24 Buccaneers 20

GIANTS (-7) over Redskins- I dislike taking the Giants as this big of a favorite, but the Redskins look to have given up on the year and nothing will show that more than a loss by more than 7 to a bad division rival. Giants 28 Redskins 19

BILLS (+4) over Packers- I was a little disappointed in Buffalo last week even with the cover. I think they will have a similar game here and with the Packers having a little letdown should stick around a field goal. Packers 26 Bills 23

Vikings (+7.5) over LIONS- Lions fans should be happy with this since Ive said for two weeks the Lions offense cant do enough to cover a touchdown and they have done it each time. Defensive struggle. Lions 20 Vikings 16

TITANS (+2.5) over Jets- Major implications on the number 1 pick in the draft.  Both teams are terrible and I have a hard time picking the Jets as a road favorite to cover even against the hapless Titans. Win yes. Cover no. Jets 19 Titans 17

Broncos (-4) over CHARGERS- Interesting game because the Chargers defense can shut down the Broncos running game and force Denver back into a pass only offense, something they havent looked great in for a few weeks. San Diego wont have enough offense to win if Denver starts to click on offense. Broncos 30 Chargers 23

SEAHAWKS (-10) over 49ers- Seattle will take great pleasure in taking advantage of the 49ers this week. Going to be a bad postgame for Colin Kaepernick whose star has almost completely burnt out. Seahawks 27 49ers 10

EAGLES (-3.5) over Cowboys-Should be a great game and deliver a monster rating. Eagles took it to Dallas the last time, but Cowboys have more rest and should be better prepared. All eyes on Mark Sanchez in this game. I think the Eagles are a more valid upper echelon team than Dallas who has, to their credit, won games but not as decisively. Eagles 31 Cowboys 27

Saints (-3) over BEARS- From a great Sunday nighter to a dud on Monday. Both teams are major dissapointments and both may have a hard time fixing the problems next year. Expect Drew Brees to bounce back. Saints 33 Bears 27

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Podcast: Harris Extension, Salary Cap News, WR Values, and NFL Pickshttp://overthecap.com/podcast-harris-extension-salary-cap-news-wr-values-nfl-picks/ http://overthecap.com/podcast-harris-extension-salary-cap-news-wr-values-nfl-picks/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:00:28 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8502

In this weeks OTC podcast I give my thoughts on

– The Chris Harris extension and the cornerback market

– The impact of the rising NFL salary cap

– Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck becoming extension eligible in three weeks

– Julio Jones and where he stands with the other standout receivers

– John Idziks trust issues with the Jets

– All the NFL games in week 15

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In this weeks OTC podcast I give my thoughts on

– The Chris Harris extension and the cornerback market

– The impact of the rising NFL salary cap

– Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck becoming extension eligible in three weeks

– Julio Jones and where he stands with the other standout receivers

– John Idziks trust issues with the Jets

– All the NFL games in week 15

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Broncos Extend Chris Harris for $42.5 Million over 5 Yearshttp://overthecap.com/broncos-extend-chris-harris-42-5-million-5-years/ http://overthecap.com/broncos-extend-chris-harris-42-5-million-5-years/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:06:45 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8497 The Denver Broncos have agreed to a contract extension with cornerback Chris Harris that is worth $42.5 million over the next five years. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Harris will recieve a $10 million signing bonus. That bonus will be prorated starting in 2014 so the Broncos will use $2 million of their salary cap space now on Harris rather than carrying it over to next season.While I have not seen the yearly cash flows on the contract outside of the signing bonus, the overall numbers read as if it was an acceptance of being a … Read the rest

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The Denver Broncos have agreed to a contract extension with cornerback Chris Harris that is worth $42.5 million over the next five years. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Harris will recieve a $10 million signing bonus. That bonus will be prorated starting in 2014 so the Broncos will use $2 million of their salary cap space now on Harris rather than carrying it over to next season.While I have not seen the yearly cash flows on the contract outside of the signing bonus, the overall numbers read as if it was an acceptance of being a number two cornerback by Harris.

 The top playerss at the position, who Harris statistically compares favorbly to, will earn at least $45 million over the first three years of their contract extensions. Considering Harris will earn$42.5 over 5 it is clear he was not looked at as that level of player. I would have thought that Harris would have fetched in the ballpark of $10 million a season if he had entered free agency. Of course there is always a risk with that line of thinking. Harris still has many weeks of football left to play in which he could be injured. There is also the chance that teams would not view him as a number 1. Last year it was expected that Alterraun Verner would cash in big in free agency and he ended up settling for a number 2 level contract in Tampa Bay. Harris will be the peak earner among number 2 corners.

For the Broncos this marks another in a long line of what look to be discounted contracts for the team. Whether its the Peyton Manning factor or the organization itself, Denver does an excellent job of getting the most value out of their contracts and making players want to play in Denver rather than having to convince them with big money offers. Considering that Aqib Talib’s contract could be terminated at any time it is likely that Harris will take on the number 1 role in the next two years while being paid number 2 money. That saved money can go towards fixing other holes in the future.

In generl the cornerback market is very interesting. While nobody will dispute the talent at the top of the market (Revis, Peterson, Sherman, and Haden) there is a major premium paid for those players. It does seem as if name value pushes the pricing at this position more than almost any other and these players have all done an exceptional job of establishing a brand and presence to hammer home the fact how talented they are. Once Revis signs an extension in New England those players will all earn in the ballpark of $14 million a season. The drop from there is between $4.5 and $5.5 million  year when we get into the next tier of contracts signed by Sam Shields, Vontae Davis, and Talib. Are those players bringing $5 million worth of additional value? Probably not.

When we can get the full details of the Harris contract we will update his page accordingly.

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