Twenty years ago, as a rookie quarterback in the NFL, Peyton Manning signed a contract that paid him $8 million per year. Soon, he could be making 25 percent more than that as a rookie broadcaster.
Michael McCarthy of SportingNews.com reports that ESPN and FOX are prepared to pay Manning up to $10 million per year to work as the primary analyst on Monday Night Football or Thursday Night Football.
The guy looked like a top-15 NFL quarterback. And he is. Except he isn’t.
The footage was of Colin Kaepernick throwing on a small field in Houston. My belief—and it’s an educated one—is that the video release was tactical. Kaepernick, who is embroiled in a collusion case against the NFL, was reminding everyone of two things:
In the wake of the Jets’ blockbuster decision to trade three second-round picks to the Colts so they could move up from No. 6 to No. 3 in this year’s draft, we’d like to offer this cautionary tale.
In 1980, the Jets traded two first-rounders to move into the second overall slot, where they drafted Texas receiver and Olympic sprinter Johnny Lam Jones.
As Cousins and his next employer prepare to negotiate and sign a multi-year contract, the 44-percent rule becomes a factor in the team’s planning for the year after his contract expires. The Drew Brees grievance against the NFL and the Saints from 2012 established that franchise tags stack from one team to the next. Thus, if another team ever tries to apply the franchise tag to Cousins, he’ll be entitled to a 44-percent increase over his cap number from the final year of the deal.
For that reason, his next team could try to structure the contract to have a reasonable cap number in the last year of the contract, cognizant of the looming 44-percent jump. Barring that wrinkle, chances are that Cousins will, for the rest of his career, not have to worry about being franchise-tagged, because no one will be able to justify giving him a 44-percent bump over whatever he’s due to make in the final year of whichever contract he’s completing.
Tyler Devera could be in line for an offer following a standout performance in front of the Rutgers staff.