Originally Posted by Broncoman13
Brees' contract is worth $20m per year. He signed a 5 year $100m contract. His has a bonus of $37m and $40m guaranteed this year. Due to prorating his bonus, his cap figure is relatively low this year at around $12m.
Comparing one of the top 2 or 3 players in the entire league with a player that isn't in the top 5 of his position class is stupid. A QB holds a lot more value and can call a team's bluff. A LT, that has never really had a big pay day... not so much. Franchise tags protect teams for players like Ryan Clady, not guys like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady.
Either way, I think if he plays well early on he'll probably get a 5 year $40m extension and be happy. He is a middle of the pack LT.
Yeah, that was my bad on Brees contract but the theory still holds. If the Broncos try to franchise him and he does not go into camp who will the Broncos have to play left tackle? That is the same thing Brees did. He did not sign his franchise offer and he was not going to show up unless they signed him to a multi-year contract.
The Franchise tag does not work on players that the team absolutley needs to start the season. We are talking about Peyton Manning's blind side and you want to play it cheap with Clady? That is beyond irresponsible.
You thinking Clady is middle of the pack is also a joke. He has been in the league 3 years and made two pro bowls. Obviously just about everyone else disagrees with you on that.