DaBallhawk Posted January 8, 2015 Share Posted January 8, 2015 The #1 priority this offseason will be re-signing Mo Wilkerson of course but doing so will be tricky. He's not a free agent, he's locked up for at least another year and we can still tag him the year after. So technically he'd be playing on a 1 year deal for the next 2 years unless he takes less money (compared to what he'd make as a UFA) to get a long term deal done now. He'll be paid less than he's worth. But if Watt does it with the Texans there's no reason for Mo not to do it here. So let's look at some of the contracts signed by other elite D-Linemen in a similar situation. Age around 25, Pro Bowl worthy, still under contract, re-signed by their drafted team and so on... JJ Watt (25, HOU) Obviously this isn't going to happen, Wilk is not going to even come close to those numbers. Watt signed a 6 year, 100 mil. contract with 51.8 mil. guaranteed. Annual average of 16.6 mil. Robert Quinn (24, STL) He was in the DPOY running last year, posted 19 sacks. In terms of value to his team him and Mo are similar. His stats are obviously "better" playing in a 4-3 defense as a pure pass rusher. The Rams signed him to a 4 year, 57 mil. deal with over 41 mil. guaranteed. So overall he averages around 14.2 mil. per year. Wilk won't be touching that but it's a benchmark I guess. Gerald McCoy (26, TB) Signed a 6 year, 95 mil. contract a couple months ago with over 51 mil. guaranteed. Averages around 15.8 mil. per year. He is/was considered to be one of the top DT's in the league, he was basically as a 4-3 DT what Wilk is in a 3-4 defense, very comparable. Wilk is more valuable in my book because of how much he can do, he's much more versatile. McCoy is just good at rushing from the inside and I thought the Buccs overpaid for him but whatever. Look at all the other terrible deals they've done in the past (Michael Johnson, McCown, Vincent Jackson, Revis). Just a mess. Marcell Dareus (25, BUF) Would have been a good guy to compare to, but he's in a similar situation and waiting for a long term deal. I think they got drafted in the same year. Plus he's not exactly the sharpest apple in the crayon box. There's no way he makes more than Mo. Geno Atkins (26, CIN) Very similar to McCoy. He was considered the best pass rushing DT when he signed the deal, now it's probably McCoy. Either way, the Bengals did a better job. He got a 5 year, 53 mil. contract two years ago with 15 mil. guaranteed. Averages 10.6 mil. per year. Personally if I were [insert whoever is going to be our GM] I'd offer Wilk a 4 year, 50 mil. deal with around 30 mil. guaranteed. While I love Wilk, he just has no leverage right now. He's not gonna play on a 1 year deal for the nex 2 years. It makes no sense. His play could fall off, he could get hurt, he's getting older. It wouldn't make sense for him to get his first big contract at age 27 or 28. He's not gonna get another big deal after that. If he signs a slightly smaller deal now he's gonna be way better off. He will be taken care of and he can shoot for another big deal 3-4 years later if he outplays his contract. Sounds reasonable to me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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