Thursday, March 14, 2013
Ballpark figures on new NFC West contracts
By Mike Sando
Pending terms for linebacker Jasper Brinkley's new contract with the Arizona Cardinals, I've put together a list showing NFC West signings, re-signings and trade acquisitions by reported average annual salary.
It's a quick way of looking to see how many players teams have signed and at what cost.
The averages can be subjective. For example, Percy Harvin's contract with the Seattle Seahawks could be seen as a new deal or as an extension, affecting the average. The figure could be $12.9 million or $11.2 million.
The numbers in the chart are ballpark figures. They're probably on the high side in some cases, particularly relative to what the player will likely receive over the life of the contract.
There are some discrepancies. The San Francisco 49ers will pay a $6 million to Anquan Boldin on the contract they acquired from Baltimore. I've listed that as the average. However, Boldin's deal carries an $8.3 million average over its life, which predates his arrival in San Francisco.
So, again, the numbers provide general reference points. I'll update them once the contracts are on file and the numbers can be verified.
Brinkley, signed to pair with Daryl Washington at inside linebacker for Arizona, averaged less than $500,000 per year on his rookie contract with Minnesota, which expired this week. Beyond Brinkley's deal, we're awaiting word on the one Arizona struck to keep safety Rashad Johnson.