With a huge new contract from the Miami Dolphins, Ndamukong Suh joins Tyron Smith ,Albert Haynesworth, J.J. Watt, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson in the exclusive group of non-quarterbacks that have been signed to a contract worth $100 million or more.
For the first five seasons of his NFL career, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth wasn’t unique, special or outstanding in any way. But then came the 2007-2008 seasons. Haynesworth made the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team at the end of both seasons, racking up a combined 14.5 sacks for the Titans and headed into the 2009 offseason as the free agent to sign. Who signed him? The Washington Redskins, giving him a seven-year, $100 million deal, expected to pay him $32 million in the first 13 months, had $41 million overall guaranteed and including incentives could have reached $115 million. That ended poorly for all sides, and Haynesworth lasted 20 games before getting traded in 2011 to the New England Patriots, cutting him after he made six appearances. He played some more for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was never seen again.
Prior to the 2014 season, Watt and the Houston Texans agreed to a six-year extension worth $100 million, including $20.8 million in fully guaranteed money. Watt received $30.876 million at signing and he will receive $21 million at the start of the 2016 season if he is on the roster. It’s been just one season, but Watt has been fantastic since day 1, before and after the big money came along, playing in all 64 games over the last four seasons, sacking quarterbacks 57 times, scoring two defensive touchdowns and even three on offense this season, announcing to the world that he’s a threat at tight end as well.
The Dallas Cowboys have done a great job of building a beastly offensive line. The best piece in it is Tyron Smith, rewarding him with an 8-year, $109 million deal. Turns out it was just more money for his family to try and take from him. (Thanks Reddit)
With a six-year, $114 million deal, including $60 million in guaranteed money, Ndamukong Suh is now the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. Suh is leaving the Detroit Lions after five seasons with the team that have included two playoff appearances (not something to be taken lightly in Detroit), making four Pro Bowl teams and three First Team All-Pro.
In 2011, Larry Fitzgerald signed an eight-year, $120 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Since then he has had just one season with over 1000 yards receiving (In 2011, 1411 yards) but his dropping numbers might have something to do with the quality of players at quarterback most of the time. He still made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2013. Last month he renegotiated his deal and is now worth $22 million for the next two seasons, with a $10 million roster bonus and has a no trade clause in his contract. The contract contains two automatically voiding years in 2017 and 2018 for salary cap purposes.
Another wide receiver, and maybe the reason Matthew Stafford still has a job as a starter in the NFL. In 2012, he signed an eight-year extension with the Detroit Lions worth $132 million with $60 million in guaranteed money. That season he ended up catching 122 passes for 1964 yards, leading the league in receiving yards for a second straight year. He dropped to 1492 in 2013 (14 games) and missed three games in 2014, dropping to 71 passes 1077 yards.