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Bradshaw deal doesn’t come close to DeAngelo Williams

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Even though the Carolina Panthers intend to continue to split touches between running back DeAngelo Williams and running back Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers still opted to give Williams a contract worth $43 million over five years, with $21 million guaranteed.

Since that signing, however, the running back market has gotten flat, as evidenced by low-level deals signed by the likes of Willis McGahee (four years, roughly $10 million), Marion Barber (two years, $5 million), and Cedric Benson (one year, roughly $3 million).  The latest high-profile veteran to agree to terms, Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants, will get closer to the low end than the high-water mark established by Williams.

According to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger, Bradshaw’s deal is worth $18 million over four years, an annual average of $4.5 million.  The guaranteed money is $9 million, coming from a $5 million signing bonus and a guaranteed salary of $1.5 million in 2011 (it’s safe to say he would have made that money anyway) and $2.5 million in guaranteed base salary in 2012.

It’s not DeAngelo money, but no one not named Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson will be approaching or passing Williams’ deal.  Given the current market for veteran running backs, it’s right about where the deal should have been.

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26 Responses to “Bradshaw deal doesn’t come close to DeAngelo Williams”
  1. sportswannabe says: Aug 2, 2011 1:32 PM

    Yes sir, a number I can live with as a Giants fan!

  2. raqaiw says: Aug 2, 2011 1:32 PM

    Easiest position to play+shortest lifespan(career-wise)=low $$ deals.

  3. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 2, 2011 1:34 PM

    Who said he was going to get DeAngelo money?

  4. bigbrad184 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:36 PM

    It seems to me that the Panthers vastly overpaid for DeAngelo Williams. It’s not usually a good idea to give a RB a fat contract after he already has significant tread on the tires (see Shaun Alexander and Larry Johnson).

  5. chipwade says: Aug 2, 2011 1:43 PM

    There were like 25 RB’s taken in the draft this year. Add that to the saturated free agent market and the UFL going tits up. There are going to be a lot of good RB’s not playing this year.

  6. jenniferxxx says: Aug 2, 2011 1:43 PM

    Every contract can’t be insane … every organization can’t be stupid.

  7. newyorkgmen says: Aug 2, 2011 1:47 PM

    The Panthers screwed up free agency and created a tornado of misinformation in terms of contracts. No runningback should be receiving that kind of money (especially DeAngelo Williams) and a DE with one good season should not get a $72 million deal. They literally screwed the Giants with this because Bradshaw thought he was going to get a big deal like Williams’ and Osi is now mad about Johnson’s deal.

  8. chipwade says: Aug 2, 2011 1:48 PM

    Also not to be forgotten is that Bradshaw had one good season and he always seems to be beat up. That is still really good money. $4.5 mil per year.

  9. moman2 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:56 PM

    first off…DWill is not like any other RB that had one good season and got a fat contract. he actually had a tremendous season with 20tds scored…couple thousand yard seasons. and his “tread” that ur comparing to LJ (who im pretty sure set records for number of carries in a season) and shaun alexander….the guys carries arent even close to the top guys but, excluding last years injury plagued season for him, he finishes top 5 rushing? he splits carries with another capable RB in stewart. and now has a 3rd option in mike goodson (3 starts last season—all 100yd games) and thats saying a LOT considering what teams stacked the box against the panthers. deangelo was the best free agent RB available, hands down. bradshaw was the 3rd best rb on that team like 2 years ago. u cant compare a pony to a stud. get OUTTA here.

  10. rickycubane says: Aug 2, 2011 1:58 PM

    newyorkgmen says:
    Aug 2, 2011 1:47 PM
    The Panthers screwed up free agency and created a tornado of misinformation in terms of contracts. No runningback should be receiving that kind of money (especially DeAngelo Williams) and a DE with one good season should not get a $72 million deal. They literally screwed the Giants with this because Bradshaw thought he was going to get a big deal like Williams’ and Osi is now mad about Johnson’s deal.

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    THANK YOU! the panthers are RETARDED.. what an awful GM / Front office..

    they give the first 2 free agents 3 times the money they should have gotten and totally screw their fans over.. how is Cam Newton gonna turn that franchise around if they cant even operate free agency in an intellegent way

    osi should pray he becomes a panther maybe he will get 100 mill if he gets 12 sacks

  11. pantherfaninmd says: Aug 2, 2011 2:00 PM

    AB is not even in the same class as D-Will, and D-Will has plenty of tread left and gas in the tank. He’s been a two back system his entire career, unlike LJ and SA.

  12. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 2, 2011 2:07 PM

    I love AB and think he’s only going to improve, and I think his contract is totally fair. As great as his potential is, you have to remember that he fumbled 7 times in a little over half the season as the starter and was demoted behind Jacobs.

    Fumbling problem + being demoted = not getting top tier RB money.

    For the record, the Panthers TOTALLY overpaid for DeAngelo Williams. He’s missed 13 games in the last two seasons after having one great season and another very good season. I just don’t think Carolina needed to do this signing as urgently as they thought, especially with the emergence of Mike Goodson and the talent of Jonathan Stewart.

  13. drshakedown74 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:27 PM

    Ahmad…..Bradshaw
    OOver……Raaated
    Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap

  14. ballinmore says: Aug 2, 2011 2:28 PM

    newyorkgmen says: Aug 2, 2011 1:47 PM

    The Panthers screwed up free agency and created a tornado of misinformation in terms of contracts. No runningback should be receiving that kind of money (especially DeAngelo Williams) and a DE with one good season should not get a $72 million deal. They literally screwed the Giants with this because Bradshaw thought he was going to get a big deal like Williams’ and Osi is now mad about Johnson’s deal.

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    You have to remember that the Panthers had to spend money to reach the minimum salary cap number. They took the approach of pay the guys in house rather than have the money sitting around later and giving other peoples mediocre players outrageous amounts of money. I’d much rather see them overpay for their own guys than pay a free agent three times what he is worth. Either way it sucks but they really didn’t have a choice.

  15. jacksaysfu says: Aug 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    Here are my 5 overpaid FA’s of 2011….
    Charles Johnson, Quentin Mikell, Paul Poz, Deangelo Williams, Braylon Edwards ( I know he’s not signed yet but any team that gives him guaranteed $$ is a sucker, check his tweets if you don’t believe me )

  16. polishrod says: Aug 2, 2011 2:41 PM

    Rumor has it, Bradshaw dropped the pen 10 times before he could get his name on the contract

  17. wferg1121 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:41 PM

    Love Ahmad Bradshw, but you know what he did fumble a lot inside the 20 yard line. I did think Jacobs should have had more carries… As for the Eagles ” Dream Team” People forget we still have the best defensive front, and were getting Kiwi back. Still have solid recievers. We are still pretty damn loaded.. We had a very solid draft, I think it is going to be a good year, as long as they catch the fckn ball!! 32 drops is ridiculous..

  18. polishrod says: Aug 2, 2011 2:42 PM

    jacksaysfu says:Aug 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    Here are my 5 overpaid FA’s of 2011….
    Charles Johnson, Quentin Mikell, Paul Poz, Deangelo Williams, Braylon Edwards ( I know he’s not signed yet but any team that gives him guaranteed $$ is a sucker, check his tweets if you don’t believe me )

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    100% agree with these players, except the one possible omission of Roy Williams.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:46 PM

    Comparing what the hapless Marty Hurney does to what we do here is asinine. They had cap space, we didn’t. Osi should get a better deal (just don’t break the bank, because he is still coming off injury and surgery this past offseason). Bradshaw couldn’t have been thinking he was going to get that type of money when the Panthers clearly overpaid to keep all their free agents — not just Williams. All those fumbles and wearing down from the Seattle game onward — after just one season of carrying the majority of the load? Come on, B. You’re my son and all, but calm down.

    I know Rosenhaus was mostly behind it all, but still.

    Just sign Osi, because the trade ain’t happening. Sign Steve and sign Boss and let’s use these 4 weeks wisely.

  20. bobbyyyd says: Aug 2, 2011 3:07 PM

    D-Will has plenty of tread left. All the other fans are upset that the panthers who were the laughing stock of the NFL last season. Are out spending money and making moves while their teams are not. Johnson deserved a big money deal. I do agree that we over spent on him, but rumor was he was headed to ATL with a deal very similar. He will be a top 5 pass rusher for the next 4+ years. D-Will is a great elusive back that very rarely fumbles, he is a fan favorite, and great team/community leader. Jerry Richardson loves his players to be involved in the community and who contribute positively to the NFL. Bradshaw is a great back as well, but no where near D-WILL or Stewart for that matter. 11 more days we face the g men

  21. pftstory says: Aug 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    Willis McGahee, Marion Barber , and Cedric Benson?????????

    At this stage in their careers you are really comparing them to Deangelo Williams?

    Just because they play the same position, does not mean their salaries are comparable.

    Those three are far down the back side of their careers.

  22. fmwarner says: Aug 2, 2011 3:17 PM

    Good signing for the Giants and best situation for Bradshaw.

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:18 PM

    Nowhere near? You begin drinking Hennessy at 3 pm???

  24. cgarsmoker says: Aug 2, 2011 5:33 PM

    I had no idea that the Panthers signing their free agents would piss off so many Giants fans. Now I love these moves more than ever.

    Cry me a river Big Blue. Did you ever consider that maybe CJ is in his prime and Osi is old and has himself overrated? It’s much easier to be a homer and blame the Panthers for Osi being an idiot…..that sounds like a typical Giants Fan.

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:33 PM

    Get over yourself fool. The Panthers overpaid to re-sign all their guys. Their contracts are not indicative of their talent level outside of Beason. Homer my ass.

  26. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:34 PM

    And to the poster above, the cap floor doesn’t go into effect until 2013. They didn’t HAVE to pay those guys that much.

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