Aaron Rodgers Among Players

Aaron Rodgers Among Players Likeliest To Earn More

Drew Brees became the NFL's first $20 million per year player by signing a
fiveyear, $100 million contract last week. His deal contains an NFL record $60.5
million in guarantees, including Authentic Jay Feely Jersey a $37 million signing bonus.

Since Brees' $37 million signing bonus is prorated over the five years of his
contract for salary cap purposes ($7.4 million on the cap each year), his new
contract immediately creates $5.971 million of cap room for the Saints by
lowering his Jay Feely Youth Jersey 2012 cap number from his $16.371
million franchise tender to $10.4 million (includes $3 million 2012 guaranteed
base salary).

Brees' $9.75 million 2013 base salary and $10.75 million 2014 base salary are
injury guaranteed, but his entire 2013 base salary and $5.25 million of his 2014
base salary become fully guaranteed without offsets (Saints can't recoup money
from Brees' contract with a new team if they release him) if he is still on the
Saints' roster three days after the 2013 waiver period begins. It starts the day
after the Super Bowl. Another $5.5 million of Brees' 2014 base salary becomes
fully guaranteed with the same no offset provision as in 2013, unless New
Orleans releases him during the first three days of the 2014 waiver period.

Brees is getting $61 million in http://www.nikecardinalsauthenticjerseys.com/Authentic-Jay-Feely-Jersey
the first three years of his contract, which has only been topped by the $70.2
million in the first three years of the contract Peyton Manning signed with the
Indianapolis Colts last July. Unlike Manning, Brees should play at least these
years under his new contract because of how it is structured. From a practical
standpoint, the Saints won't release Brees after this season because they would
have essentially given him a oneyear deal at $40 million. Releasing him after
the 2013 season is also extremely unlikely because he would count $27.45 million
on the cap ($5.25 million guaranteed base salary and $22.2 million in signing
bonus proration) in 2014 instead of having an $18.4 million 2014 cap number if
he's on the team.

With $26.4 million and $27.4 million cap numbers in 2015 and 2016,
respectively, because Brees makes $19 million and $20 million in those years, he
will probably need to continue to perform at a high level to earn the last two
years of his contract.

It's generally accepted that the top contracts are negotiated to be
surpassed, so Brees' reign as the NFL's highest paid player (by average yearly
salary) will be short lived, especially Jay Feely Jersey White if recent salary trends hold true. For
example, when Eli Manning became the highest paid player in 2009 by signing a
sixyear contract extension with the New York Giants averaging $16.25 million per
year (with $35 million guaranteed), his contract average was exceeded by Tom
Brady's 13 months later once he signed a fouryear contract extension with the
New England Patriots averaging $18 million per year. After tying Brady as the
NFL's salary king, Peyton Manning's fiveyear, $96 million contract with the
Denver Broncos became the new salary benchmark in March for approximately four

Here's a look at the most likely candidates to top Brees' deal (either in
overall compensation or average yearly salary).

Tom Brady: Brady will be 37yearsold when his contract expires after the 2014
season. However, he was stated that he plans to play until he is 40yearsold.
With Brady's March contract restructuring giving the Patriots cap relief this
season, his 2013 and 2014 cap numbers each increased to $21.8 million.
Previously, the Patriots have extended his contract when he was either heading
into a contract year or had two years left on his deal, so they may be willing
to address his situation after this season with another typical Tom Brady

Eli Manning: If the Giants cap situation this year and next year are any
indication of how it will be in the years beyond, New York may not have the
luxury of waiting until Manning is entering his contract year (2015) like they
did the last time they extended the quarterback's contract in 2009. The Giants
have $129,245,361 in salary committed to next year's cap when it is expected to
remain flat (approximately $121 million). Manning who is represented by Tom
Condon (Brees' and Peyton Manning's agent) increased his 2013 cap number to
$20.85 million in March by lowering his cap number this year by $6.75 million,
so the Giants could get under the cap before the start of the 2012 league

Since Eli's 2013 cap number is more than the next two highest cap numbers on
the team combined ($19.095 million for Corey Webster and Antrel Rolle), Manning
is the most logical candidate to help them get under the cap next year with
another contract restructuring. It would likely increase his 2014 and 2015 cap
numbers, which are currently $20.4 million and $19.75 million, to in excess of
$22 million each. Consequently, Manning could be in line for a new contract
prior to the start of 2014 season when he is a 33yearsold. Given that they made
him the NFL's highest paid player when was coming off his first Pro Bowl season,
Manning will expect them to do the same now that he's more accomplished.

Aaron Rodgers: As arguably the NFL's best quarterback and almost five years
younger than Brees, it's just a matter of how much more than Brees does Rodgers
get on his next contract. Rodgers has three relatively cap friendly years
remaining on his current deal in which he makes $8.5 million this year, $9.75
million next year and $11 million in 2014. In his first year as a starter in
2008, the Green Bay Packers gave him a fiveyear contract extension averaging
$12.704 million per year (with $20 million guaranteed) during the middle of the
season when he had one and half years left on his rookie deal. It would be
surprising if Rodgers entered the 2014 season, his contract year, without a new
deal considering that he has already outperformed his current contract.

Matthew Stafford: Once Calvin Johnson signed his sevenyear contract extension
with the Detroit Lions in March averaging $16,207,143 per year, he set the floor
for Stafford's next deal. Stafford, who is also represented by Condon, will be
26yearsold when his contract expires after the 2014 season. The Lions may be
facing a similar predicament with him that they faced with Johnson this year.
Stafford's 2013 cap number is $20.32 million, thanks to him restructuring his
contract in each of the last two years and hitting a majority of the salary
escalators in it, while the Lions have $120,901,805 counting towards next year's
cap. Provided that Stafford's injury plagued first two years are behind him and
he follows up his breakout 2011 season where he threw for 5,038 yards and 41
touchdown passes with another Pro Bowl caliber season, he may not have to wait
until his contract year to get a blockbuster deal.


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