Or maybe it’s just a highly inflationary time, and I can’t keep up. Here’s the average annual amounts some other teams are about to start paying out: (* Never an All Pro selection; ** Never an All Pro or Pro Bowl selection)
Jaguars: QB Nick Foles – $22M – 4 Years *
Lions: DT Trey Flowers – $18M – 5Years **
Jets: LB C.J. Mosely – $17M – 5 Years
Raiders: OT Trent Brown – $16.5M – 4 Years **
Redskins: SS Landon Collins – $14M – 6 Years
Chiefs: FS Tyrann Mathieu – $14M – 3 Years
Rams: LB Dante Fowler – $14M – 1 Year **
Browns: DT Sheldon Richardson – $13M – 3 Years *
And some big names have yet to go: WR Odell Beckham, Jr.(Editor Note: Beckham, Jr may be going to Browns), FS Earl Thomas, RB Le’Veon Bell, etc.
Eventually TP and most everyone else will be analyzing which teams got better, and which ones didn’t, during this season’s free agency period. Early indications are that Green Bay upgraded in a big way. What if some of the Pack’s primary rivals are losing ground – losing some key players to free agency? If that’s the case, the Packers could quickly move past a number of teams likely to be in the playoffs hunt.