DHB gets big payday

Earlier this afternoon, agent Alvin Keels “broke” the terms of Darrius Heyward-Bey’s contract.  (Since Keels isn’t DHB’s agent, this marks another odd show of Twitter’s power.)

In the meantime, PFT – namely Florio – has confirmed that the terms Keels presented were accurate.  So here they are.

Heyward-Bey will earn $38.250 million over five years in base salary, with $23.5 million guaranteed. 

The total max value, if Heyward-Bey hits every last incentive, would be $54 million.  (For this to happen, Heyward-Bey’s hamstrings will have to let him practice occasionally.)

The guaranteed money is roughly a 20.5% bump over Sedrick Ellis’ deal in the same spot last year.  The base salary totals go up 14% 19.5%.

That’s a lot of coin for someone without a great deal of production in college.  For point of comparison, Heyward-Bey’s deal looks superior by any measure to the one Greg Jennings signed with Green Bay. 

It’s believed that Heyward-Bey’s deal will lead to more first-round signings for the players drafted around him. 

Of course, teams may not be so willing to jump on board if they don’t feel like the Raiders got a good deal. 

34 responses to “DHB gets big payday

  1. oh boy.
    yeah thats a lot of money, i dont see how he can be worth that. well i was wrong about mario williams, i might be wrong here too…
    also, this is bad news for the eagles as jeremy macklin thinks he should have been a top 10 pick and wants to be paid as such…

  2. This is really bad news for the Bengals. No way they’ll pay Andre Smith that kind of money. This could be a very long holdout.

  3. Paying an unproven (in the NFL) player that much money is insane. This is why there needs to be a structured cap on rookie contracts. Allow for the $$ to be spent on veterans who have proven themselves in the NFL. Force rookie primadonas to earn that big paycheck.

  4. Of course Keels broke it. He’s the agent for Andre Smith, who’s now sitting at #6 unsigned between a QB mega-contract at #5 and now what appears to be a very generous package for DHB at #7. The sooner the terms get out, the sooner he can start pressuring the Bengals for more money than they were probably looking to offer.

  5. Good for you finding a way for some hate.
    He’s in camp though.
    Now go hate on Crabfoot.

  6. Hmmmm do you think the fact that Keels represents Andre Smith, drafted one spot ahead of DHB, had anything to do with Alvin’s motivation to tweet scoop on this?
    I don’t think “Mr. Smith Goes to Georgetown” will be a feature of Bengals camp this year. Anthony Collins – start stretching!

  7. Wow, that’s a lot coin. I am one who wished for a lineman but had no problem with the DHB pick over the other top receivers. He fit the scheme far better than Crabtrash. Just wish it wasn’t so high, because the Raiders really did need help with the line on both sides of the ball. Still, that’s a lot of cash. He better put up, and shut up his critics by his second season, or else.

  8. Oh, lord, the Raiders at it again. Screwing things up for everyone else by offering to pay waaaaay too much, just like the Redskins. Why don’t they, I don’t know, go play in Canada or something, swap franchises with the Toronto Argonauts. That should level the paying field. Yes, pun intended…
    On another massively annoying note, does anyone else have to periodically log out then log back in to post, even when it says you are logged in? Its getting bloody annoying…

  9. Rule #1 – the party that announces the news is the one that’s happiest about things.
    And the other commenters are right, the Bengals are the losers here. Usually you want your pick slotted, but when the Raiders are the morons who are setting your market…ruh roh.
    If I’m the Bengals, at some point, maybe I just take a pass on this guy.

  10. Wow! Not bad for a guy who’s going to be a career #3 receiver…..

  11. All of college prospects take note – if you record the fastest time in the class, you’ll get drafted by the Raiders and get paid no matter how little you play in college.

  12. Think of the implications of this rise in salary, even in these hard financial times, a player just out of college gets 20% more than the guy drafted in the same spot the year before, imagine five years from now, the number 7 guy gets probably double Sedrick Ellis’.. Its whack..
    And Im a Raidersfan and I think its insane..
    Are DHB and Crabtree’s agent the same? ’cause this is one way for him to get his client at no 10 to get 2008 top 5 money :p

  13. I’ma Terrapin alum and have seen him play for a while now, NOT WORTH IT!!!! how absurd that he gets paid more the Jennings (if i read that part right). This guys is going to be a bust w/o a doubt in my mind!!!!

  14. At least Andrew Walter should get his wish now, to be cut from the roster to make room for DHB.

  15. In 3 years when Florio does his draft revisited and says bust or not a bust, I believe this one will be bust.

  16. Raider’s compound stupidity. First, by drafting this turd in round one. Next, by paying him 5x his actual worth. Hey, at least they’re consistent. CONSISTENTLY STUPID!!!
    ‘da rayda’s are a joke.

  17. DcNinerFan says:
    July 30, 2009 4:46 PM
    On another massively annoying note, does anyone else have to periodically log out then log back in to post, even when it says you are logged in? Its getting bloody annoying…
    __________________
    Periodically, hell how about every time I enter the site.
    I’ve enjoyed this site in the past but the change to NBC has changed the feel of the site and the ease of use.
    There is no good reason the site functionality is worse since the changeover than in the “Hamster” days.
    Fix the damn thing Florio and for about the tenth time that I and others have requested it, how about bringing back the comment ratings feature or advise us why it has been discontinued.
    This will most likely not pass the censors.
    As soon as I hit the submit button I’m going to get an error message that I am not logged on and need to be a registered user to post comments.

  18. “Raider’s compound stupidity. First, by drafting this turd in round one. Next, by paying him 5x his actual worth. Hey, at least they’re consistent. CONSISTENTLY STUPID!!!
    ‘da rayda’s are a joke.”
    And when he smokes your teams d.b.’s you will, of course, remember what you said and retract your statement.

  19. They probably had to negotiate that with DHB’s agent since nobody else is signed to get him in to training camp and I know the DHB wanted that to happen. “The total max value, if Heyward-Bey hits every last incentive, would be $54 million.” which I am assuming means that he would have to play better then Jennings to get the max contract. Yeah the guaranteed is a bit high, but I am just happy that he wont miss anymore camp. DHB is a class guy and I think you will see that he can handle the pressure, but give him till the end of the season to shine, and a year to see if he’s worth it.

  20. It’s not just DHB, it’s every pick that gets more because of their slot than the last year’s pick at the same slot.
    Jason Smith just signed with St Louis and his contract is bigger than last year’s number 1 pick Jake Long.
    The system is screwed. They need to make this an NBA type rookie pay scale.
    Don’t fault DHB or others for signing their big checks and guaranteed money. It’s the system and they aren’t complaining.

  21. Brewster – Well, sorta glad and sorta sad I’m not the only one. Honestly, signing with NBC did 2 things for this site. Lined Florio’s pocket (which I can respect, honestly), and lowered the quality of the site, now requiring NBC’s damned scripts for most people that don’t know how to block them…
    Ray Guy – The only reason Heyward-Bay would smoke a DB in this league is because he’s running away in fear with his diminutive size…

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