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Chandler Jones’ deal a step back from No. 21 in 2011

Chandler Jones AP

Though the new rookie wage scale leaves first-round picks and the teams that picked them precious few subjects about which to haggle, one point of potential contention arises from the question of how much of the rookie deal will be guaranteed.

Last year and this year, the first 16 picks received four-year deals with fully-guaranteed compensation.  Last year and this year, picks 17, 18, and 19 received three years of a full guarantee, with fourth-year compensation split between a guaranteed base salary and a non-guaranteed roster bonus due early in the league year.  This approach reduces the guaranteed money by $750,000 or so, but also forces the team to make a decision about whether to keep the player early enough in the offseason to give him the best chance to make up the difference elsewhere.

In 2011, the 20th overall pick (Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn) was the lone exception after the 16th pick, getting a fully-guaranteed four-year deal.  (He benefited from the fact that he was the first first-round pick to sign.)  And while the players taken at pick 22 and after received guaranteed pay for three years only, the 21st selection (Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor) also received a fourth-year package consisting of a blend of guaranteed salary and an offseason roster bonus.

This year, the contract given to Pats defensive end Chandler Jones, the 21st pick in the draft, matches the structure of Taylor’s deal in all but one way.  Per a source with knowledge of the deal, there is no roster bonus.

It’s a subtle be real difference.  In 2015, the Patriots won’t have to make an early decision about Jones, and they can save $750,000 or so by cutting him before the season starts.  The Browns won’t have that luxury with Taylor in 2014.

The formula will put pressure on Tennessee receiver Kendall Wright, this year’s 20th overall pick.  While Clayborn got a fully-guaranteed deal in 2011, there’s a good chance the Titans will insist on using the hybrid roster bonus/guaranteed base salary approach used for picks 17, 18, and 19.

If Wright takes a stand on a matter of principal, he could be one of the rare rookie holdouts under the new CBA.

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15 Responses to “Chandler Jones’ deal a step back from No. 21 in 2011”
  1. mjbulls45 says: May 25, 2012 10:37 PM

    is it just me or does everyone else thinks both giants SB wins were fluky,

    and really belicheck & brady could be sitting on a fist full of rings,

    they run as efficient of a program then any other organization in the world

  2. latchbeam says: May 25, 2012 11:35 PM

    That’s crap… 0% chance the #20 pick holds out over a 4th year minor detail. What would happen to him of he held out? Use common sense please!!

  3. mullman7675 says: May 25, 2012 11:45 PM

    …and if my aunt had nutz, she’d be my uncle.

    Nah.

    Eli beat bill and brady straight up, twice.

    The patriots are a franchise seeded on a FLUKY call (chowds can go tuck themselves) and rooted in cheating (spygate). The patriots have exactly what they deserve. Too much, for that matter.

    I just wanted to see the new and creative way(another way to screw another player) the patriots came up with to save $$$ on this years
    1st rd pick.

    Well done robert, your minions serve you well.

  4. randallflagg52 says: May 26, 2012 12:20 AM

    mjbulls45 says:
    May 25, 2012 10:37 PM
    is it just me or does everyone else thinks both giants SB wins were fluky,

    and really belicheck & brady could be sitting on a fist full of rings,

    they run as efficient of a program then any other organization in the world
    ————————————————-

    Yeah keep telling yourself that, look at some of their recent drafts. Brady is the only thing keeping that team afloat with Belichick the supposed defensive “genius” wasting draft picks every year on defensive backs who can’t even crack another team’s roster. I’m sure I’ll get a bunch of tumbs down but whatever, I’m right. Look at their drafts lately, full of busts.

  5. piratefreedom says: May 26, 2012 12:30 AM

    in the brady/belichick era the pats have been in 5 super bowls and all of them were very close games.

    they could be 0 and 5 or 5 and 0 and it wouldn’t take more than a few plays turning out differently

  6. cunninglinguist69 says: May 26, 2012 12:53 AM

    I just hope he doesn’t turn into another Shawn Crable.

  7. pjhurley5 says: May 26, 2012 1:02 AM

    Thanks…I’ll go ahead and file this under “who the heck cares”

  8. tuckyous says: May 26, 2012 1:09 AM

    mjbulls45 says: May 25, 2012 10:37 PM

    is it just me or does everyone else thinks both giants SB wins were fluky,

    and really belicheck & brady could be sitting on a fist full of rings,

    they run as efficient of a program then any other organization in the world

    Fluky? Just like the Colts beating the Bears in 2007?

  9. TheWizard says: May 26, 2012 5:56 AM

    another way to screw another player

    Odd………..free agents seemed to flock there this year

  10. treesloth16 says: May 26, 2012 7:09 AM

    “mjbulls45 says: May 25, 2012 10:37 PM

    is it just me or does everyone else thinks both giants SB wins were fluky,”

    Are you on crack? The Giants Dfense showed they were better than the Patriots offense in both superbowls. The Dline is what makes the Giants D go. Eli Manning outplayed the 16-0 2007 and the 13-3 2012 Patriots.

    So what you’re saying is that the SuperBowl should be ‘Best of 7?’ like the NBA, MLB, and NHL? Come on. Patriots just weren’t good enough and/or didn’t bring it on SuperSunday.

    Second of all, the 16-0, 13-3 record from playing the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills, isn’t the same from playing the Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins.

  11. eggersthejerk says: May 26, 2012 7:39 AM

    As usual, the cheapskate Patsys are expecting their players to take less in exchange for the “privilege” of paying for them.

    Their history during the Belicheapskate years are full of cases where they won’t pay their players what they could get from another team.

    That’s why guys like Peyton Manning always made more than Brady did, even though the Patsys “won” more titles.

    Of course the Colts may have “won” more themselves had they bent the rules and cheated like New England did.

  12. mrconnors says: May 26, 2012 7:48 AM

    It’s really a black cloud on the whole league that lets 10-6 and 9-7 teams win Super Bowls, not just the Patriots.

    Maybe next year a 7-9 team can win it.

  13. CKL says: May 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    piratefreedom says:
    May 26, 2012 12:30 AM
    in the brady/belichick era the pats have been in 5 super bowls and all of them were very close games.

    they could be 0 and 5 or 5 and 0 and it wouldn’t take more than a few plays turning out differently
    ___________________________________
    As a Pats fan (not sure if you are) I pretty much agree with this. The only SB I think is more of a given was SB 39 because it wasn’t as close as the score, IMO.

    As a fan of the game, I’m glad that in the salary cap/FA era, SBs are competitive and close for the most part.

    As for Jones’ deal and some of the other seeming outliers, I would actually take this year as the first real example of the rookie deals because perhaps some of the terms last season were “forced” by the lateness of the beginning of the league year.

  14. randallflagg52 says: May 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    Oh, and the Red Sox suck. Baltimore owns you clowns.

  15. rc33 says: May 29, 2012 10:47 AM

    Yeah keep telling yourself that, look at some of their recent drafts. Brady is the only thing keeping that team afloat with Belichick the supposed defensive “genius” wasting draft picks every year on defensive backs who can’t even crack another team’s roster. I’m sure I’ll get a bunch of tumbs down but whatever, I’m right. Look at their drafts lately, full of busts.
    ——————————
    Yeah, I know what you mean.
    McCourtey, Gronkowski, Spikes, Hernandez, etc…
    That 2010 draft sure was gruesome.

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