I’ve decided to go through some of the highly compensated players in the league and see how their performance has been since signing their deal, compared to before it.
I considered any player that is currently on a significant deal (above or around early 1st round pick range), and has played at least two seasons since signing. Today I’m taking a look at the wide receivers.. I’ve taken some baseline numbers to use for comparison, but also have to consider other factors such as age, injury and whether they changed team or system. Pro Football Reference has been a valuable tool for finding sortable stats across season ranges. Continue reading Comparing Pre- and Post-Contract Numbers for Top WRs »
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.
Frank Gore– For years Gore has been proving people wrong who believe he cant be effective as he ages, but in the final year of his contract Gore had more incentive to prove it wrong this year. Unfortunately Gore was not been able to accomplish that this week. Gore had just 6 carries for 10 yards against the Cardinals and barely seemed to be involved in the game. Gore needs to quickly get back to being a 15-18 carry effective back to get that next contract.
Randall Cobb– I’m not sure what to make of Cobb’s start to the season. The feeling was he would cash in this year with the franchise tag being a worse case scenario. But through three games his non-touchdown production has been poor and the Packers pass attack has now been stuck in neutral on their two road games. Cobb was targeted 6 times for just 29 yards this week and something just is not clicking right now.
Ryan Tannehill– It’s year three for Tannehill and something is not clicking in Miami. This is two duds in a row for the Dolphins and the coach, QB and offense are going to start feeling the heat soon. The logical next step if things don’t improve for a coach on a hot seat is to replace the QB with the high priced backup sitting on the bench. That would be a major blow for Tannehill and his financial prospects moving forward.
New Contract Disappointment Of The Week
Toby Gerhart– Is the Jaguars offensive line a disaster? Absolutely, but Gerhart was brought in because he didn’t have a lot of miles on his legs and was supposed to be able to work through this. He’s been a non-factor for the Jaguars and they have no faith in using him to try to slow things down. In the last two games he has 16 carries for 40 yards. For the Jaguars sake things better improve with the young QB in the 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.