The other day Julio Jones signed a massive $71.25 million contract that will make him the 2nd highest paid receiver in the NFL. It is a very strong contract for Jones who will have $47 million guaranteed early in 2016, $2 million more than Dez Bryant’s recent extension. Normally when we value contracts that are extended we look at “new money” which is the additional money added to the existing value of the contract. That provides us the best way to compare pure free agent style contracts with those of players who have years remaining. But Jones’ contract situation was unique which led to a “win-win” negotiation where the two sides probably have somewhat different valuations on the contract. Continue reading A Closer Look at Julio Jones $71.25 Million Contract »
On Wednesday, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas each signed 5-year contracts just before the Franchise Tag deadline to reach multiyear agreements. The teams and players involved were kind enough to agree to contracts of identical length and face value, thereby setting up a perfect situation for Expected Contract Value comparison.
With Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas joining the $14 million club today, I thought it would be interesting to see how their money breaks down compared to some other players. I think that helps us draw some perspective on the negotiating process and the way various contracts can be used to help constuct a deal acceptable to both sides. So let’s see how things break down for the players/
After all the posturing about holding out, a deal is now complete between the Cowboys and star wide receiver Dez Bryant to the tune of $70 million over five years. The contract will make Bryant the second highest paid receiver in the NFL and comes a few days after Bryant stated he would not play without a new contract and the NFLPA stated they would file a claim of collusion if he was not signed. The deal looks to be a nice compromise for both sides, who seemed locked in an argument over Calvin Johnson’s $16 million contract. Continue reading Cowboys Sign Dez Bryant to $70 million Contract »
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As of right now, Dez Bryant will be playing for the Cowboys on the $12.823 million franchise tag and would lose about $754,000 for each game he misses were he to hold out. After speaking with the great @Jason_OTC, the Wizard of OTC, he stated that it sounds like Bryant is looking for a deal worth $16 million per season and that his guess is that Bryant is looking for a deal worth $16 million per year, plus $50 million in guarantees, but he’s not sure on the length of the contract.
With the deadline to sign a franchise player to a long term contract less than 48 hours away, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has issued an ultimatum that if he isn’t signed he is going to miss training camp and miss games. Dez reportedly wants a contract in line with Calvin Johnson’s megadeal with Detroit ($16 million a year with $48 million guaranteed), which is neither in line with the standard receiver market nor apparently Dallas’ valuation of Bryant. With Dallas not budging on a deal, this seems like a last ditch effort to force the Cowboys hand. It is a threat that will likely ring hollow in Dallas, but it has certainly set the world of Twitter on fire so let’s look at some of the particulars here. Continue reading All About The Dez Bryant Holdout Threat »
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.
Russell Wilson– It makes no difference to me that Seattle lost the game. Seattle fans are watching Wilson enter another dimension with his play this season. Wilson was already set to make a killing on an extension, but he’s very quickly putting himself in a different statistical class. The more they entrust him with the ball the better and better he is going to look.
Dez Bryant– Bryant is a physical marvel and took over the game in the second half. He faced some tight coverage against the Giants but nothing seemed to diminish his game. There are few receivers that would have consistently pulled down the passes he was pulling down. I think a strong argument can be made that he is the best receiver in the NFL.
Demaryius Thomas– Thomas had another exceptional game in his walk year, this time catching Peyton Manning’s record breaking touchdown and adding another 171 yards to his stat line. Thomas has been unstoppable the last three week and unlike former running mate Eric Decker will not get the label of being a Manning creation. Thomas will be one of the top 5 paid receivers by next season.
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Golden Tate– There have been a few games this year where Tate was someone I considered for this, but there was no denying him this week. He finished the day with 10 receptions for 154 yards including a ridiculous touchdown where he outran the whole Saints defense. He would be the best receiver in Seattle had they kept him.