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Andrew Brandt: Luck will set new standard for NFL Contracts

On Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, Andrew Brandt states something I can’t hope to see soon enough:

Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck will set a new standard for NFL contracts. The present threshold—$20 million per year, with $60 million guaranteed—was set by Drew Brees in 2012, and the class of 2013 contracts (Romo, Rodgers, Ryan and Flacco) hovered just below that threshold. It’s time for a market adjustment, and we’ll see it with two quarterbacks who have become the signature players for their teams.

More interesting than the numbers, though, will be the structure of guarantees in these contracts. There is a unique and potentially groundbreaking opportunity here: fully guaranteed contracts. As transcendent players barely in their mid-twenties, these two have the opportunity to demand that all five or six years of a contract be guaranteed. It is on the Colts and Seahawks to justify not doing so

I hope Luck gets some type of lifetime deal that is the largest contract ever signed in the sport. It’s something that recent reports suggested wasn’t close to happening, though. Luck said he had no knowledge of it.

Brandt also predicts we get another season of Peyton Manning, which I agree with.

It’s overall a pretty good read on what will happen this upcoming offseason that will be filled with dollars thrown and transactions that have a ripple effect on the league not only for 2015 but for the years to come.

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February 14, 2015 Posted by | Contract Extensions, Offseason | , , | Leave a comment