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.

12 responses to “Alshon Jeffery’s deal isn’t worth $14 million

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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