NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more, and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.
With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team entering the 2018 season.
Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, TE
After signing him to two consecutive one-year deals, the Cardinals suddenly decided to invest heavily in Jermaine Gresham, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal with $16.5 million guaranteed. The $7 million annual salary far exceeds any contract Gresham had previously signed, which is curious considering he hasn’t exceeded 500 yards in a single season since 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Add in that Greshman is now on the wrong side of 30, and it’s easy to understand how he made this list.
Aaron Donald received a nice vote of support from one of his newest teammates in his pursuit of a new contract.
Ndamukong Suh, long viewed as one of the top defensive players in the NFL, said from Los Angeles Rams training camp Friday that Donald deserves more money than he does.
Ndamukong Suh said he’s looking forward to playing with Aaron Donald but hasn’t talked contracts with him. Suh: “He deserves more than I got, so I’ll leave it at that.” Suh signed for 6 years and $114 million with Miami in 2015.
Keep in mind that Suh signed for $114 million in 2015 and is making nearly $17 million this season. Donald is in the final season of his rookie deal and set to make under $7 million. As arguably the best defensive player in the NFL, Donald is seriously underpaid. The Rams just gave big money to Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley, which is why a Donald holdout could become “lengthy.”
The NFL free agency frenzy has officially come and gone, and while there are still plenty of moves to be made, the noteworthy trades, signings, releases and tenders are all set in stone.
Free agency itself was as wild as ever, but the trade market was also far more active than usual. And as the result of both, a plethora of superstars have new homes heading into the 2018.
Here’s a look at 20 NFL players who will thrive with their new team.
20. Justin Pugh, OL, Arizona Cardinals
Behind Andrew Norwell, Nate Solder and one or two others, Justin Pugh was arguably the most talented offensive lineman available in free agency. The versatile Pugh proved himself to be a selfless team-first player with the Giants, shifting positions based on the team’s needs. He played both tackle and guard positions, and played relatively well at each. With some positional stability in Arizona, Pugh should excel so long as he can remain healthy.
Suh reportedly took less money than another team offered him so he could sign with the Rams, and you can understand why. The star defensive tackle should have plenty of opportunities to terrorize opposing quarterbacks while playing alongside Donald. L.A. has also added star cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib this offseason, so they are clearly going all-in. That should make life a lot easier for Goff and his offensive teammates.
Ndamukong Suh has finally decided where he wants to continue his football career, and Los Angeles Rams fans will be quite pleased with his choice.
The Rams announced on Monday that they have signed Suh to a one-year deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal is worth $14 million and that the defensive tackle took less money from L.A. than he was offered elsewhere.
Former Dolphins’ DT Ndamukong Suh reached agreement with Los Angeles Rams on a one-year, $14 million deal, per source. Suh took less to go to LA.
The Rams have seemed like the favorite to land Suh all along, and their defensive front should be among the best in the NFL with Suh and Aaron Donald rushing opposing quarterbacks. Suh also considered signing with the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans.
While he recently turned 31, Suh did not miss a game in his three seasons with the Miami Dolphins and has continued to play at a high level. He was reportedly released for reasons other than football, but that didn’t scare the Rams away.
Ndamukong Suh should be revealing his free agency decision any day now, and the most likely scenario seems to be that he winds up with the Los Angeles Rams.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Rams are considered the favorite to sign Suh despite those close to the star defensive tackle insisting the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints are still in play.
From @GMFB, on the Ndamukong Suh free agency: The #Rams appear to be the front-runner for his services. Suh hasn’t ruled the #Titans or #Saints out, and those close to him say he’s still open-minded. But Los Angeles has emerged as the team to beat in his protracted saga.
While he recently turned 31, Suh did not miss a game in his three seasons with the Miami Dolphins and has continued to play at a high level. The thought of him playing alongside Aaron Donald is one that should keep opposing quarterbacks up at night, and we know one other team has taken itself out of the running to sign Suh. Los Angeles would be a good landing spot for him.
You can count the New York Jets out of the Ndamukong Suh race.
Jets owner Christopher Johnson said on Sunday that the team has rescinded its offer to Suh, a free agent defensive lineman. According to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, Johnson said that signing Suh did not fit in with the team’s long-term plan.
Johnson said the move “wasn’t in keeping with our long-term plan.” Won’t go into more detail. https://t.co/RHRVG2DpPk
The Jets seem more like a team building for the future rather than being in win-now mode, which makes sense why Suh wouldn’t fit in with their long-term plan. But the team had so much cap space after being unable to reel in Kirk Cousins that perhaps their GM was eager to spend it elsewhere, hence the offer to Suh.