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Top NFL Salaries

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by LoKyBuckeye, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    Interesting read.... cornerback has to be the most overpaid position but it nice to see a Buckeye at the top of the list. I had no idea that Antoine Winfield was making over 12 million per year. Good for him.

    NFL plays pricey game of tag

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2005-02-20-franchise-players_x.htm#salaries

    By Larry Weisman, USA TODAY
    Pay 'em now or pay 'em later. That's the decision facing NFL teams considering whether to use their franchise tag on their hot commodities. The deadline is Tuesday, and perhaps 10 players will find themselves receiving one-year offers that will pay them no less than the average that the top-five individuals at their position earned in 2004. If the player is already at that level, the tender bumps the salary an automatic 20%.

    By James A. Finley, AP

    At the least, the tag essentially takes the player out of the free agency market and gives the club more time to negotiate a long-term deal. If nothing else, it buys the player for one year at a figure not friendly to the salary cap, which should be about $86 million this season. (Related item: Highest-paid players)

    In signing a player to a longer contract, the team can pay a signing bonus up front and write off that value over the ensuing years, penciling in lower base salaries that escalate toward the end of the deal. That keeps the cap number lower. But in some cases the team simply chooses to conserve the cash, pay the higher base salary (all of it guaranteed) and take the cap hit.

    This is what the New Orleans Saints wrestle with in tagging defensive end Darren Howard again.

    "We've got a lot of time and effort invested in him, and we don't want to see it go to waste," general manager Mickey Loomis says. "He had a really good year for us last season, and we want to keep as many good players here as we can."


    Players given the franchise designation by their club and who'll receive a one-year contract offer at no less than the average of the top-five players at their position or a 20% increase over their previous year's salary:

    Corey Simon, DT, Philadelphia; Orlando Pace, OT, St. Louis; Rudi Johnson, RB, Cincinnati; Drew Brees, QB, San Diego; Julian Peterson, LB, San Francisco.; John Abraham, DE, New York Jets; Darren Howard, DE, New Orleans.

    Others who may be tagged by 4 ET Tuesday:

    Shaun Alexander, RB, or Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle; Donovin Darius, S, Jacksonville; Jerry Porter, WR, or Charles Woodson, CB, Oakland; Adam Vinatieri, PK, New England.

    The numbers present a mixed bag for the club and the player.

    Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, franchised for three consecutive years, earned almost $18 million in that span. But the contract he agreed to last week includes about a $16 million signing bonus and will pay him about $26.7 million over the next three seasons. By getting wrapped up early, the Seahawks assure themselves he will attend training camp (he has held out annually to protest the franchise tag) and gain some cap room.

    St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace, already named their franchise player, will earn $8.4 million if he doesn't do a long-term deal. This is his third go-round as the franchise player, and he earned $12.75 million over his first two turns. Throw in the 2005 number, and he pulls down $21.18 million for three years; last year he rejected a seven-year deal valued at more than $42 million.

    Howard earned $6.5 million in 2004 on the franchise tag and would get $7.8 million this year.

    While a shot at a bidding war for Howard's services would be ideal, "I don't mind him being franchised for those numbers," says his agent, Gary Wichard. "The franchise number for 2006 is going to be around $9.36 million. If they want to franchise him over the course of three years, that's $23 million-plus for him. If they do it for two years, he earns $14.3 million and then we're out in free agency in 2006. If he has another double-digit sack year and they want to keep him around, he'll have made $23 million and change. He can't lose."

    Howard can if he is injured. A signing bonus is money in the bank, vs. earnings based on performance season after season. But after a couple of years of the franchise tag, the gross dollars start to even out.

    The comparison: Jevon Kearse, signed as an unrestricted free agent last year by the Philadelphia Eagles, earns $23.75 million in the first three years of his contract (including $12 million in signing bonus). If Howard gets franchised a third time in 2006, he'd walk away with $23.66 million over three years. The difference is he has to walk.

    NFL's best-paid players

    The NFL's best-paid players at each position in 2004, for purposes of calculating franchise and transition designation contract offers. Figures include prorated signing bonus, other bonuses and base salary. The franchise number is the average of the top-five salaries; transition number is the average of the top-10.

    Cornerback
    Antoine Winfield, Minn. $12,400,000
    Ty Law, N.E. $9,601,365
    Samari Rolle, Tenn. $8,313,335
    Patrick Surtain, Mia. $7,884,371
    Daylon McCutcheon, Cle. $5,883,333
    Aaron Glenn, Hou. $5,416,666
    Dre' Bly, Det. $5,300,000
    Sam Madison, Mia. $5,180,931
    Chad Scott, Pitt. $4,785,000
    Ronde Barber, T.B. $4,614,000
    Franchise $8,816,000
    Trans ition $6,938,000

    Defensive end
    Courtney Brown, Cle. $7,549,666
    Trevor Pryce, Den. $7,116,667
    Michael Strahan, NYG $6,578,285
    Jevon Kearse, Phi. $6,535,000
    Simeon Rice, T.B. $5,550,000
    Patrick Kerney, Atl. $5,164,285
    Bertrand Berry, Ariz. $5,000,000
    Aaron Smith, Pitt. $4,510,666
    Jason Taylor, Mia. $4,249,583
    Leonard Little, St. L. $3,900,000
    Franchise $6,666,000
    Transition $5,615,000

    Defensive tackle
    Gerard Warren, Cle. $6,010,000
    Kevin Carter, Tenn. $5,881,669
    La'Roi Glover, Dal. $4,700,000
    Orpheus Roye, Cle. $4,687,500
    Bryant Young, S.F. $4,388,549
    Seth Payne, Hou. $4,175,000
    Kris Jenkins, Car. $3,805,118
    Jamal Williams, S.D. $3,767,400
    Pat Williams, Buff. $3,634,000
    Dewayne Robertson, NYJ $3,315,355
    Franchise $5,134,000
    Transition $4,436,000

    Linebacker
    Ray Lewis, Balt. $6,928,571
    Brian Urlacher, Chi. $6,157,142
    Jamie Sharper, Hou. $6,125,000
    LaVar Arrington, Wash. $5,630,877
    Derrick Brooks, T.B. $4,907,083
    Donnie Edwards, S.D. $4,650,000
    Peter Boulware, Balt. $4,528,333
    Takeo Spikes, Buff. $4,300,000
    Anthony Simmons, Sea. $4,000,000
    Dexter Coakley, Dal. $3,968,666
    Franchise $5,950,000
    Transition $5,120,000

    Offensive line
    Jonathan Ogden, Balt. $9,101,989
    John Tait, Chi. $8,535,000
    Chris Samuels, Wash. $8,349,920
    Leonard Davis, Ariz. $5,575,416
    Larry Allen, Dal. $5,558,333
    Jon Runyan, Phi. $5,500,000
    Tom Nalen, Den. $5,099,500
    Will Shields, K.C. $4,966,666
    Matt Lepsis, Den. $4,900,000
    Willie Anderson, Cin. $4,421,428
    Franchise $7,424,000
    Transition $6,201,000

    Punter/kicker
    Adam Vinateri, N.E. $2,091,177
    Ryan Longwell, G.B. $1,900,000
    Sebastian Janikowski, Oak. $1,753,833
    Mike Vanderjagt, Ind. $1,608,500
    Olindo Mare, Mia. $1,581,175
    Jeff Wilkins, St. L. $1,522,500
    Joe Nedney, Tenn. $1,460,000
    Jason Hanson, Det. $1,430,000
    Brad Maynard, Chi. $1,350,000
    Jason Elam, Den. $1,295,000
    Franchise $1,787,000
    Transition $1,599,000

    Quarterback
    Brett Favre, G.B. $9,533,333
    Peyton Manning, Ind. $8,301,666
    Michael Vick, Atl. $7,892,857
    Donovan McNabb, Phi. $7,861,055
    Brad Johnson, T.B. $6,800,000
    Rich Gannon, Oak. $6,428,570
    Steve McNair, Tenn. $5,690,417
    Matt Hasselbeck, Sea. $5,500,000
    Aaron Brooks, N.O. $5,233,333
    Chad Pennington, NYJ $5,069,431
    Franchise $8,078,000
    Transition $6,831,000

    Running back
    Marshall Faulk, St. L. $7,277,856
    Edgerrin James, Ind. $6,734,122
    LaDainian Tomlinson, S.D. $6,666,666
    Tiki Barber, NYG $6,053,333
    Ahman Green, G.B. $4,882,000
    Curtis Martin, NYJ $4,707,021
    Jamal Lewis, Balt. $4,613, 896
    Warrick Dunn, Atl. $3,983,333
    Emmitt Smith, Ariz. $3,750,000
    Clinton Portis, Wash. $3,725,833
    Franchise $6,323,000
    Transition $5,239,000

    Safety
    Darren Sharper, G.B. $5,833,332
    Marcus Coleman, Hou. $5,503,889
    Mike Minter, Car. $5,343,750
    Shaun Williams, NYG $4,157,737
    Lawyer Milloy, Buff. $4,000,000
    Darren Woodson, Dal. $3,550,000
    Robert Griffith, Cle. $2,912,500
    Troy Vincent, Buf. $2,750,000
    Mike Brown, Chi. $2,706,666
    Aeneas Williams, St. L. $2,500,000
    Franchise $4,968,000
    Transition $3,926,000

    Tight end
    Tony Gonzalez, K.C. $3,831,370
    Marcus Pollard, Ind. $3,109,166
    Kyle Brady, Jax $2,846,250
    Kellen Winslow, Cle. $1,950,000
    Freddie Jones, Ariz. $1,696,668
    Jeremy Shockey, NYG $1,647,667
    Dan Campbell, Dal. $1,557,000
    Reggie Kelly, Cin. $1,450,000
    Jay Riemersma, Pitt. $1,433,333
    Daniel Graham, N.E. $1,428,750
    Franchise $2,687,000
    Transition $2,095,000

    Wide receiver
    Randy Moss, Minn. $8,630,327
    Marvin Harrison, Ind. $8,082,880
    Isaac Bruce, St. L. $7,640,709
    Eric Moulds, Buf. $7,245,000
    Terrell Owens, Phi. $7,243,333
    Jimmy Smith, Jax $6,349,333
    Derrick Mason, Tenn. $5,802,500
    Muhsin Muhammad, Car. $4,508,117
    Rod Smith, Den. $4,502,928
    Amani Toomer, NYG $4,135,000
    Franchise $7,768,000
    Transition $6,414,000

    Note: The salaries of players who played under the one-year franchise tender are excluded from the franchise calculations for the next season under the terms of the NFL's labor agreement. There were six players last year on those contracts:

    Donovin Darius, S, Jax $4,113,000
    Julian Peterson, LB, S.F. $6,074,000
    Darren Howard, DE, N.O. $6,503,000
    Orlando Pace, OT, St. L. $7,020,000
    Walter Jones, OT, Sea. $7,084,800
    C. Woodson, CB, Oak. $8,781,000
    Source: NFL Players Association
     
  2. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    No wonder we (Cleveland) sucks...we are paying McCutcheon a top 5 salary and Brown and Warren #1 at each of their positions. It's amazing how little production you can get out of 19 million dollars.
     
  3. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    Thing that sticks out to me at first glance is how many players the brownies have that are eating up cap space and not performing. I'm not a browns fan by any means, nor am i a general manager, but it doesn't seem to me like they'll be able to solve their problems soon w/ all that dead cap weight. 5 cleveland guys in the top 4 at their positions money-wise and I wouldn't say any of them are near the top 10 at their position (being generous there).
     
  4. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    marshall faulk has the highest RB salary and i heard he was going to be second string this year.
     
  5. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    always nice to read about Cleveburg stupidity.
     
  6. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    You heard right. Stephen Jackson has been named the starter. Good call.
     
  7. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I have heard the Browns are actually in good cap shape this year and I would be shocked and amazed if Brown and Warren get salaries anywhere near those amounts this year.
     
  8. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    If they made that much in 04, it would only make sense that they'd get at least that much in 2005.
     
  9. strohs

    strohs Go Bucks!

    Are these the actual paid salaries? Or just what the contract was worth with incentives?
    I can only hope the Browns did not actually shell out that much for Courtney's 5 games or whatever he played in.
     
  10. AJHawkfan

    AJHawkfan Wanna make $14 the hard way?

    Here is what it says at the beginning of the list: "The NFL's best-paid players at each position in 2004, for purposes of calculating franchise and transition designation contract offers. Figures include prorated signing bonus, other bonuses and base salary. The franchise number is the average of the top-five salaries; transition number is the average of the top-10."
     
  11. Def

    Def Newbie

    Antoine Winfield is the highest payed player in the NFL!?

    Go Toine!
     
  12. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    Which is precisely why the GM hire for the Browns carries so much weight (regardless of the column miles expended on who would replace Davis, the GM is the more important hire IMO). They got into this fix with mis-management, plain and simple. No head coach should stumble into this mess and not have a GM ready to clear the road.

    Probably it'll take a good 3-4 years for the Browns to get out of the ditch.
     
  13. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    Crennel is starting to right the ship already. News out of Cleveland is that Warren doesn't fit into Romeo's 3-4 and has asked his agent to pursue trades.
     
  14. ScarletBlood31

    ScarletBlood31 Buckeye in Blacksburg

    Rich Gannon a top paid QB?? I didnt even know he was still playing.
     

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