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.
Eli Manning– Manning has one year remaining on his current contract and with the Giants falling apart for the second straight season they are going to have some type of decision to make on his future next season. A five interception performance is not going to push that decision towards lucrative contract extension. The head coach was irate at the offensive performance and while that may have been directed at the offensive playcalls more than Manning, Manning’s stock has plummeted since the Giants collapse in the second half of the 2012 season.
Robert Griffin III– I have to be honest. If I was the Washington Redskins I would not know what to do with RGIII this offseason. Clearly he will not be extended the way that Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson will be and given his injury history I don’t even know if the option is worth the risk unless my plan is to trade him and need to sell to a team that he is under contract for two years. 200 yards, 2 interceptions, and 7 points against arguably the worst team in the NFL isn’t even replacement level worthy.He star hasn’t just dimmed, its completely burned out.
Wes Welker– The Broncos lost some players yesterday to injuries and that was the main excuse when listening to people make excuses for the lack of offensive output. Apparently those people forgot Welker was even on the team. For as great as Welker was with Tom Brady, I think the criticisms that he was only going to be a great fit in that system with that specific QB are coming true. After another 4 reception 28 yard day, one that included a pass going off his hands, its questionable if he’ll receive anything more than tryout level interest in free agency this offseason.
New Contract Disappointment Of The Week
Ben Tate– Last season Tate thought he was getting big bucks in free agency, waited forever, and finally signed for a much lower cost with the Browns, who he seemed to always feel were the great fit for him. 11 weeks into the season and Tate basically never plays. Against his old team he had 2 carries while his replacement in Houston rumbled for over 150 yards. He probably never should have left Texas.
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.