Sport Thanks, Jimmy G! Predicting the next 4 big-money QB contracts

08:00  14 february  2018
08:00  14 february  2018 Source:   theScore

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Half of the top 10 paid quarterbacks have gone on to win the big game. Some multiple times. Regardless of what these quarterbacks have done, Jimmy G has changed the “ QB Pay Game” forever. You still are getting fat stacks of dough thanks to guaranteed money .

Owners, get your checkbooks ready: The next big - money QB deals. play. Raiders had no qualms paying Carr (0:51). Which quarterbacks will be looking for (and receiving) new contracts in the coming months and years? Let's take a look at the next several guys in line for big quarterback

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The San Francisco 49ers rewarded the young pivot with a five-year deal reportedly worth $27.5 million per season and $137.5 million in total, again pushing the ceiling of quarterbacks' financial worth to even greater heights following significant jump after significant jump in recent years.

As a result, a handful of veteran quarterbacks are set to cash in this offseason. Here are contract predictions for the next four big-money QB contracts, in the order they should be signed:

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Jimmy G is under contract and will not hit the FA market. Of all the potential FA QB 's next year he'd be the one I would go all in on but even if SF don't lock him up, they'll surely exclusive franchise him and either convince themselves he's worth the big money , satisfy him that they can win the big one or

Owners, get your checkbooks ready: The next big - money QB deals. play. Raiders had no qualms paying Carr (0:51). Which quarterbacks will be looking for (and receiving) new contracts in the coming months and years? Let's take a look at the next several guys in line for big quarterback

Kirk Cousins

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If the rest of the quarterbacks on the list - and their agents - are smart, they'll all wait until after Cousins signs somewhere in free agency.

Simply put, the Washington Redskins pivot is about to get paid, likely more than any other player in NFL history. The Redskins backed themselves into a corner with two straight franchise tags, not only driving up Cousins' value and leverage to extraordinary levels but also torching their relationship with him.

As a result, Washington will reportedly trade for Alex Smith when the new league year starts and allow Cousins to hit the open market. A free-agent frenzy unlike anything we've experienced since Peyton Manning left Indianapolis is likely to ensue. Cousins said he values winning over money, and wants to pick a strong organization (and who can blame him after spending his whole career with the Redskins), but dollars always talk.

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You are 100% right on he loved Jimmy G . But couldn’t pay him stater money and sits and also offered way more then the Niners did I’m for one love that we got him. JG would still be emergency qb for the next game. If CJ wins the next one, then likewise after bye, until both starting tackles are back , then

Owners, get your checkbooks ready: The next big - money QB deals. Which quarterbacks will be looking for (and receiving) new contracts in the coming months and years? Let's take a look at the next several guys in line for big quarterback deals and hereby present our best guess as to the order

Regardless of where Cousins lands, the fight to get him is all but certain to push him far past Garoppolo and make the next three men on this list even happier. He doesn't push past $30 million, but instead opts to use his leverage for a huge total guaranteed money haul.

Prediction: 5-year, $150M contract; $30M yearly average; $115M in total guarantees

Drew Brees

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Brees is the only man on the list who could be about to sign his last contract in the NFL, so the 39-year-old is unlikely to demand to be paid on the level of Cousins after a highly successful earning career - especially with the New Orleans Saints suddenly looking capable of one last title run.

Brees isn't leaving New Orleans, as he's stated on multiple occasions, so expect the future Hall of Famer to balance getting paid his due with giving the Saints enough flexibility to continue to add pieces around him.

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Graham gets million this year, million next year. "Per a source with knowledge of the contract , Graham received The rest of the guaranteed money falls into 2015 salary, which is guaranteed for injury only, for now.

And what about Jimmy Garoppolo? Will the new San Francisco 49ers quarterback join the ranks of the elite “Welcoming back Julian Edelman from injury next season will restore the Patriots’ offense to full power in 2018, as Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks will remain under contract ,” Sando writes.

The one-time Super Bowl winner earned a fully guaranteed $24.25 million in 2017 on a one-year deal, so that's his floor. But, it's too much to ask Brees - who's still among the best quarterbacks in the league - to take an inferior yearly salary to a player in Garoppolo who has started just seven career games.

This deal would push Brees past Garoppolo and essentially act as another fully guaranteed one-year contract with a voidable second year to maximize the quarterback's earnings and the team's cap flexibility after 2018.

Prediction: 2-year, $56M contract; $28M yearly average; $28M in total guarantees

Matt Ryan

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Ryan's level of play fell back to more in line with his career averages in 2017 following his spectacular MVP season, but the Atlanta Falcons signal-caller still has the clout to demand a deal that at least puts him on par with Cousins.

His resume is far superior, and while some may question whether he truly is a top-five quarterback without Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons' issues on offense this past campaign were much more on first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

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Will heads roll in the front office if they miss the postseason six months after giving their average QB big money ? Let’s face it, that shit is hard to do. And if you don’t have the next Tom Brady, or haven’t made a trade for the next Drew Brees, what’s the alternative?

Joe Flacco has gotten paid in a big way with the Baltimore Ravens, and now Jimmy G has gotten paid. The CBA could result in changes to contract structures, while new TV deals could swing up or down depending on the state of things in the next few years.

Ryan will take a shorter deal, setting himself up for one last big payday in his mid-30s. The Falcons will keep Ryan happy by nudging him past Cousins in terms of yearly salary, but get a win by not needing to hit the crazy percentage of total guarantees in Cousins' deal.

Prediction: 4-year, $124M contract; $31M yearly average; $87M in total guarantees

Aaron Rodgers

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Rodgers could possibly push back his enormous payday to next offseason, in hopes of putting together a full season of his usual Hall of Fame-level production to further boost his value after missing nine games in 2017.

However, the Green Bay Packers' superstar pivot has been underpaid for too long and has seen too many lesser players blast past his current average yearly salary of $22 million.

If the Packers' 2017 season proved anything, it was how much the team needs Rodgers under center to make their scheme effective. But it likely also highlighted to Rodgers how quickly an injury can derail a season - and potentially a career - maybe motivating him to get the extension done now.

Rodgers rightfully regains the title of the NFL's highest-paid player and gets the best of both worlds by fighting for both a record yearly salary and in total guarantees. And no one will argue that he isn't worth every dollar.

Prediction: 5-year, $160M; $32M yearly average; $125M in total guarantees

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