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Alshon Jeffery’s deal isn’t worth $14 million

The bizarre game of whack-a-scoop that a growing number of “NFL insiders” play often results in the truth getting in the way of scoring one more point in a game about which precious few actually care. Case in point: The contract signed Thursday by new Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Leaked by the player, the agent, or both to multiple outlets as a one-year deal worth $14 million, it’s not. It’s worth $9.5 million, with $4.5 million in incentives that will be fully reached only if Jeffery makes it to the Pro Bowl — something he has done only once in his year, four years ago.

The reason for the #fakenews is simple. Jeffery and/or agent end up creating the impression that he got the best receiver deal in free agency, even though he didn’t. For Jeffery, who made franchise-tag money a year ago, it avoids the blow to the ego that comes from taking a pay cut. For the agent, it’s a contract that can be used to recruit other clients.

For the reporters who took the information and ran with it, well, that’s just the cost of doing business in #scooptown. Because sometimes the challenge of getting the real news includes deliberately or unwittingly peddling in fake news, too.

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12 Responses to “Alshon Jeffery’s deal isn’t worth $14 million”
  1. DaBearsBus says: Mar 10, 2017 6:56 PM

    Makes the Pro Bowl when teams are announced, or after 10 receivers drop out due to “injury” or “fatigue” or “this game is bleeping stupid”?

  2. johnjackguy says: Mar 10, 2017 7:01 PM

    Not $14 Million? #sad

  3. mann44 says: Mar 10, 2017 7:27 PM

    For the reporters who took the information and ran with it, well, that’s just the cost of doing business in #scooptown. Because sometimes the challenge of getting the real news includes deliberately or unwittingly peddling in fake news, too.

    Thank god Terry Bradshaw didn’t live to see that.

  4. absolutekind says: Mar 10, 2017 7:33 PM

    I always appreciate your reporting, have for many, many years on PFT. Little do people probably know, you’re a laywer by trade and provide a very insightful perspective.

    As a die hard fan who enjoys this part of the game as well, thank you!

  5. patfanken says: Mar 10, 2017 7:55 PM

    All of these initial reports of what these contracts are worth should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Most are agent driven reports that include, as Florio points out, incentives and phoney baloney back end money the player rarely sees.

    If Jeffery has a reasonably good year he’ll likely end up making around $12MM. If he has an excellent year, he’ll get it all. If he breaks down again, he’ll just have to make due with the $9MM

  6. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM

    “Thank god Terry Bradshaw didn’t live to see that.”

    BAM…
    good one MANN!

  7. dc723 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:23 PM

    Bravo, Philly!

    How about a slow cap for structuring a deal that’s obviously lost in this story.

  8. richardmswartz says: Mar 10, 2017 9:27 PM

    9.5 million makes a lot more sense for a 1 year deal.

  9. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Mar 11, 2017 5:53 AM

    Bat Child is more durable than Alshon, and apparently smarter.

    Would’ve accepted the $12M+ and guarantees the Bears offered

  10. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Mar 11, 2017 8:46 AM

    It’s worth $9.5 million, with $4.5 million in incentives that will be fully reached only if Jeffery makes it to the Pro Bowl — something he has done only once in his year, four years ago.

    great sentence florio. your law school should repay some of your tuition money. guess scooptown lacks a proofreader.

  11. jonwill57 says: Mar 12, 2017 9:30 PM

    The contract is worth $14 million because:
    $ 9.5 million
    + $ 4.5 million
    = $14.0 million

    Now whether he makes that remains to be seen.

  12. iowahbr says: Mar 19, 2017 8:54 PM

    who cares? Neither team going anywhere

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