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Peterson, Sherman, Haden contracts all comparable

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Lost in the u-mad-bro back-and-forth between Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman regarding their one-up contracts is the fact that Browns cornerback Joe Haden got a pretty good deal, too.

All three deals were strong; whether one guy or another got the “best” deal resides in the eye of the beholder, as influenced by the specific factors considered.

Peterson got the most in “new money,” thanks to another $50,000 added to the final-year base salary that pushes the average from $14 million (which Sherman got) to $14.01 million.  Haden’s deal averages $13.5 million in new money.

But Haden has the highest “true” guarantee at signing, with $22.678 million, more than $6 million more than Peterson’s $16.25 million.  At signing, Sherman received $12.431 million fully guaranteed.  Haden also pockets the most total cash in each year through 2018.  Starting with $20.878 million in 2014.

Then again, Haden started with a higher base salary for 2014 than Peterson and Sherman.  Haden, due to make $6.678 million, had the bulk of that money shifted to a signing bonus, dropping the base salary to the minimum.  Which allowed Haden to craft a higher guarantee out of the gates.

When it comes to the conversion of injury-only guarantee to fully-guaranteed money through the February 2016 waiver period (which comes days after Super Bowl 50), Peterson leads the way with $42.6 million.  Haden through the same point will have $41.078 million guaranteed.  Sherman will see $40 million become fully guaranteed by then.

All three deals are very good.  Peterson got his with two years left under contract, a point that shouldn’t be overlooked given the injury risk he managed to push to the team.  With Sherman and Haden, even a Brewster’s Millions effort to spend every penny would make it hard for the trio to run out of cash in their lifetimes.

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18 Responses to “Peterson, Sherman, Haden contracts all comparable”
  1. mrtevytev says: Jul 31, 2014 7:10 PM

    Im in the wrong profession.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 31, 2014 7:18 PM

    Yeah all great deals, now we can move on to looking at the players that got shafted, comparatively speaking.

  3. 4thqtrsaint says: Jul 31, 2014 7:20 PM

    And this is all proof that we are an immature society. Where its ok that 25 year olds are the the new 12 year olds.

  4. don2074978 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:23 PM

    “hard for the trio to run out of cash in their lifetimes.”

    Lots of Boxers (Tyson for one) might disagree with you. I’m pretty sure there are a few in ALL sports that would

  5. timmons94 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:37 PM

    For a dude that gets fried all the time, Haden sure gets paid well

  6. honkerdawg says: Jul 31, 2014 7:43 PM

    Only in America can you do something totally irrelevant to the benefit of the world make a ridiculous salary and then demand and get more the next year

  7. cardinalsfan87 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:45 PM

    Peterson still got the best deal

  8. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:54 PM

    Except one is a PED induced PI/holding Rastafarian looking fraud and the other two are actually good CB.

  9. Travis says: Jul 31, 2014 7:56 PM

    Sherman has the best deal simply because he is with Seattle, already has a ring and can get more.. the other two are going no where.

  10. trollhammer20 says: Jul 31, 2014 8:16 PM

    honkerdawg says:
    Jul 31, 2014 7:43 PM

    Only in America can you do something totally irrelevant to the benefit of the world make a ridiculous salary and then demand and get more the next year
    _________________________

    You’ve obviously never heard of soccer or Formula One racing.

  11. dennisatunity says: Jul 31, 2014 8:22 PM

    Who got the best deal is almost irrelevant. It is all in the timing. If you sign later, like Peterson did, than you get to ask for an extra $50,000 so you can say, “Look. I’m the highest paid.”
    What really counts? Which one is a part of a winning team? Which one contributes to a Super Bowl winning effort?

    In an era when Joe Flacco can make a hundred million dollars and for a short time be the highest-paid QB, you know that who makes the most is irrelevant.

  12. sfm073 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:01 PM

    The CB position is becoming very overrated.

  13. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 31, 2014 9:06 PM

    Anyone else still stuck on the bit where a cornerback is due to pocket $20M for one season?

  14. maritime85 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:12 PM

    And revis couldnt get a deal

  15. Wineshard says: Jul 31, 2014 10:00 PM

    All good high school athletes should try and be CB’s not RB’s.

  16. craniator says: Jul 31, 2014 11:47 PM

    I have little to add to this particular discussion , but my two favorite comments above are from Trollhammer20 and Travis ; well said , guys.

  17. kwjsb says: Aug 1, 2014 8:40 AM

    75% of the Earth is covered by water….. These 3 cover the rest

  18. beastmode5150 says: Aug 2, 2014 6:12 AM

    Those of you saying CB’s are overrated, don’t have good ones. Sherman wins because he has a TEAM around him, and s top 5QB. Palmer? Hoyer/Manziel? Get out…

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