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You Think Gutekunst Went Nuts? Craziness Rules in the NFL

DE Trey Flowers - Super Bowl 2019

Trey Flowers (98) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Rob Born

Smart drafters don’t select the best available players, they fill a team’s positions of greatest need.



  1. KILLER March 13, 2019

    Where are the actual Packers fans? Did a meteor strike Wisconsin?

  2. KILLER March 13, 2019

    So the message appears to be this is a crazy huge too much amount of money. Which… it is. OK. Agreed. But, from the title and tone the indication is that though it may seem like Gute the Bad went nuts actually he did not in comparison to other GMs/teams.

    Here is the thing though: Za’Darius Smith would be tied at 4th with Trent Brown on this list. 16.5 A over 4 years. And Preston Smith would be tied with Sheldon Richardson on this list at 13 AA. Granted, this would make it a 12 person list and everyone loves groupings of 10.

    Still, Gute the Bad would have two names on this list of “Nuts” money and NO OTHER TEAM/GM has more than one.

    Just saying.

    I will say, the upgrade going from Clay-mation Matthews plus “Glass Body” Nick Perry to Smith and Smith is a great big gigantic upgrade.

    Also, let me be the first to tell you, Preston will be the better Smith.

    I desperately wanted the Vikings to luck out and get him in Rd 2 of the 2015 draft but the Redskins scooped him up at 38th overall. This forced the Vikings to settle for pro bowl caliber LB Eric Kendricks in RD 2 and then wait all the way until pick #88 and settle for DE Danielle Hunter in RD 3.

    1. PF4L March 14, 2019

      ,,……..and then wait all the way until 2040, then realize the queens still haven’t won anything.

      But that’s ok Lonely Boy. the NFL needs perennial losing teams like your team. Without them, we wouldn’t know who the winners are.

      Proving that the queens actually do have some value.

      1. Ferris March 14, 2019

        The dribble never ends. It won’t be 2040 either. But there is always 2041 I suppose.