If Anderson Gets His Deal, Quinn Stands to Lose Big Time
If the Cleveland Browns are able to sign QB Derek Anderson to a
long-term deal of five years or more, QB Brady Quinn stands to lose a lot of
According to salary documents obtained by Scout.com, if Anderson signs a
long-term contract, Quinn's rookie contract will essentially be a five-year deal
for a little over $11 million.
Quinn didn't receive a signing bonus with his deal but has already received
$285,000 in base salary for 2007 and a roster bonus of $862,000. He also has a
$4.255 million option bonus which is paid this March and a $1.323 million bonus
coming once over the life of the contract.
While Quinn's deal maxes out at $30 million, around $19 million of the deal is
based on playing time and statistical incentives. So if Anderson gets a new deal
with Cleveland for at least five seasons, Quinn will essentially be a well-paid
backup — unless he beats out Anderson for the starting job.
Trufant and Samuel Could be Seeking More than Clements Received
When CB Nate Clements signed a huge free agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers
last March, he became the highest paid defensive back in league history.
A league source believes soon-to-be free agent CBs Marcus Trufant and Asante Samuel will be seeking at least if not more than Clements signed for.
Clements signed an eight-year, $80 million deal with $22 million in guarantees.
It should be noted that the final year of his deal has a base salary of $15.48
million. So the deal, in actuality, is a seven-year deal worth around $64
L.J. Smith Update
While the Philadelphia Eagles are still deciding whether or not to apply
the franchise tag to TE L.J. Smith, league sources believe the team will wind up
using the tag by the February 21 deadline. The franchise number for tight ends
is $4.522 million.
It's believed there are a few reasons for the move.
Sources indicate there aren't any quality tight ends who are set to hit the
free agent market, so that would increase Smith's value to the team. And while the team
is high on TE Brent Celek, who just completed his rookie season, he's probably
not ready for a starting role just yet.
Harrison Expected Back For Another Season
According to a league source, New England Patriots SS Rodney Harrison is
expected to play out the final year of his contract which expires after the 2008
season. Harrison is set to make $3 million in base salary next season. The
14-year pro is set to play in his third Super Bowl with New England on Sunday.
As for RB Corey Dillon who didn't play this season, a source close to
the veteran back told Scout.com that Dillon is not expected to play again
and will stay retired.
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