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.
Brian Hoyer– Two weeks in a row here for Hoyer, who is probably near the end as a starting QB. It was a great opportunity for the Browns who played great on defense and seemed to catch the Colts on an off day. They nearly won in spite of Hoyer who posted a QBR of just 31.4. Even an average game would have had the Browns winning by 10 points. If Hoyer gets a chance to start next year it will only be as a stopgap for a team with a young QB on the bench.
Jason McCourty– A few years back I thought it was pretty questionable when the Titans gave McCourty a pretty large contract and that contract is at the point where releasing him is now a reasonable option. He was torched on Sunday by the Giants and considering the state of affairs in Tennessee I’m not sure they will see it as reasonable to pay him $6.8 million in 2015.
Mark Sanchez– On Thanksgiving Sanchez was the talk of the NFL. By the end of Sunday’s game the announcers were discussing if he should be replaced by Nick Foles when Foles is healthy enough to play. Sanchez didn’t crack 100 yards and threw a critical interception right after a turnover that gave the Eagles some life. That was what he would do on his bad days with the Jets and its those bad days that saw few teams interested in his services last March
New Contract Disappointment Of The Week
Colin Kaepernick– You always worry when you extend small sample players to big contracts and right now the 49ers have to be worried. Kaepernick looks like he really needs to learn the position, which is not supposed to happen to a guy who has been in a Super Bowl. There is no denying his athleticism, but that isn’t going to win enough games in the long term. You almost get the feeling the 49ers staff is forcing him to sink or swim to either force him to change or get a firm idea that he cant be the long term solution rather than protecting him with their run game.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.