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.
Cam Newton– Once again I will reiterate that Newton is nowhere near a $20 million a year QB and his chances for an extension are quickly blowing up. 14/25 for 197 yards is low end game manager type play. I think at some point people are also going to question how Steve Smith is putting up the numbers he is in Baltimore while becoming something of an afterthought in Carolina.
Jason Worilds– Worilds is playing on the transition tag because the Steelers didn’t believe enough in him to sign him to a long term contract but were also holding out hope that he could earn that big contract. Through four games hope looks to be all this is. Worilds has posted just one sack and on Sunday registered just three pressures and 1 tackle in the teams’ loss to the Buccaneers.
LeSean McCoy– McCoy doesn’t look like the same player he was last season and his coach had no confidence to give him the ball at the goalline on two plays. McCoy’s salary balloons next season making this effectively a contract year for him. This is the second week in a row McCoy has done nothing and 10 carries for 17 yards is not going to get the job done for McCoy’s future prospects.
New Contract Disappointment Of The Week
Maurice Jones Drew– In all honesty this should just go to the entire Raiders organization of free agents, who were all terrible for the 3rd time in four games this year. MJD is trying to work himself back from another injury and carried the ball two times for all of 1 yard. He also added two receptions for just a yard. Oakland had no business making this signing and whomever is running the team next year will likely make sure it’s a one year throw away.
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.