Miller, Wilkerson the only two non-busts from 2011 to not get paid

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The 2011 first-round draft class became the first that was subject to the rules of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, creating an intriguing case study. With a true rookie wage scale, a mandatory three-year waiting period before new deals can be done, and a fifth-year team-held option, how many teams would reward the best players quickly — and how many would drag their feet?

The verdict is now in. All non-busts from the first round of the 2011 draft have gotten paid, with the exception of two: Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.

Here’s a quick look at the pro football fates of the 2011 first-round picks.

1. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: Received a $103.8 million contract extension after four seasons.

2. Broncos linebacker Von Miller: Received the exclusive franchise tag after completing his five-year contract. Unsigned.

3. Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: Received a $100 million contract extension after four seasons.

4. Bengals receiver A.J. Green: Received a four-year, $60 million extension after four seasons.

5. Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson: Received a five-year, $70 million extension after three seasons.

6. Falcons receiver Julio Jones: Received a five-year, $71.25 million extension after four seasons.

7. 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith: Was cut after multiple off-field incidents and currently is serving a one-year suspension.

8. Titans quarterback Jake Locker: Retired after the completion of his four-year contract.

9. Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith: Received a fluff-filled 10-year, $110 million contract after three seasons.

10. Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert: Was traded to the 49ers after busting in Jacksonville.

11. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: Received a six-year, $100 million extension after three seasons.

12. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder: Left Minnesota after his four-year contract ended. He is currently out of football.

13. Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley: Left Detroit after his four-year contract ended. Spent a year with the Rams and signed earlier this year with the Saints.

14. Rams defensive end Robert Quinn: Received a six-year, $65.6 million contract extension after three seasons.

15. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey: Received a five-year, $52.15 million extension after four seasons.

16. Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: Received a five-year, $57.5 million extension after four seasons.

17. Patriots tackle Nate Solder: Received a two-year, $20 million extension after four seasons.

18. Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget: Received a five-year, $50 million extension after four seasons.

19. Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara: Signed a contract with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent after his five-year deal expired.

20. Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn: Signed with the Falcons after his four-year contract expired. Clayborn re-signed a two-year deal in Atlanta in March.

21. Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor: Released by the Browns after four seasons, Taylor didn’t play in 2015. He signed with the Broncos in February.

22. Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo: Received a four-year, $43 million extension after four seasons.

23. Eagles guard Danny Watkins: Released after two seasons, Watkins spent one year with the Dolphins before exiting football.

24. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan: Received a five-year, $60 million extension after four seasons.

25. Seahawks guard James Carpenter: Left Seattle after four seasons, signing with the Jets.

26. Chiefs receiver Jonathan Baldwin: Traded to the 49ers after two seasons. Baldwin spent one year in San Francisco before being released.

27. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith: Received a four-year, $48 million extension after four seasons.

28. Saints running back Mark Ingram: Signed a four-year, $16 million contract after his four-year rookie deal expired.

29. Bears tackle Gabe Carimi: Traded to the Buccaneers after two seasons. Carimi was cut after one year. He spent 2014 with the Falcons.

30. Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson: Received the non-exclusive franchise tag after completing his five-year contract. Unsigned.

31. Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward: Received a six-year, $59.25 million contract after four seasons.

32. Packers tackle Derek Sherrod: Released by Packers during his fourth season. Signed by the Chiefs for the 2015 offseason. He was cut before the regular-season opener.

Four of the first-round picks (Peterson, Smith, Watt, Quinn) received new deals after three seasons. Twelve received extensions after four years. One, Mark Ingram, received a contract from the team that drafted him after his rookie contract expired.

Two, Miller and Wilkerson, have yet to get new contracts. If they don’t sign multi-year deals by July 15, they can sign only a one-year contract until the 2016 regular season ends.

36 responses to “Miller, Wilkerson the only two non-busts from 2011 to not get paid

  1. All in all that was a pretty solid first round. Recent years have been more miss than hit in the first round but not that year.

  2. Wow. Didn’t really think about it until now, but that top 6 is pretty solid. Rare that there was not a huge bust somewhere in the top 5

  3. Wilkerson is getting paid top dollar this year – he’s been franchised.
    Which by definition is getting paid.

    He thinks he’s better than he is.
    He wants the long term contract.
    So naturally he’s moping.

    But the solution is to play well this year, then sign a long term contract elsewhere.
    The NFLPA agreed to the CBA and franchising, so he has to be content with 13.9MM for a year.

    Thats far different from a great player taken in the 2nd round who has to play for 4 years at 600K/year.

  4. ThePowerOfWhite says:
    Jun 18, 2016 7:18 PM
    one abuses PED’s, the other isWilkerson

    So who’s the other one? Not Von. You can repeat lies, it doesn’t make them true.

  5. Elway always takes these negotiations down to the wire, and it appears it will be no different with Von Miller. July 15th is really the only date that matters.

  6. Nice read.

    Interesting and informative read. Please do more of these draft evaluations after many years.

    Thanks

  7. Miller tries to bribe a urine tester, fails a test so why should he get top dollar? The other guy is just a lunatic who no team should give big money too.

  8. Not a bad draft class…Looks like all of the busts were reaches to begin with, so part of the responsibility falls on the desperate teams that reached for those players.

  9. To be honest Aldon Smith is not a bust… he has proven when he is on the field he can definitally play but he is a jack*ss

  10. Woody Johnson couldn’t stand seeing Revis win a super bowl in a Patriots uniform so he resigned him and mortgaged the Jets’ future. Has any coach or player ever been in the heads of their former team more than Belichick has been in Johnson’s head (and Rex’s and . . . ) since he left then at the head coaching alter for the Patriots?

  11. That was not a good year to draft a QB in the first round after the first over all pick. Yeah, the Vikings missed on Ponder. But so did the rest of the teams in the NFC north.

  12. In fact, I think the Packers have gone defense with every first round pick since that year.. but the defense is even worse then it was in 2011 haha

  13. If I were running the Broncos or Jets, I’d tell these guys to get a real job and see how they like it. But because so many excessive contracts have been handed out to even marginal players this off season, they can’t say that. The bar has been set far too high by other teams.
    If Vonn Miller wants to sit out for a year, I say go for it. Stand by your demands. But be prepared to see how it feels to have no money coming in from the Broncos.
    I’m not blaming Miller or Wilkerson, by the way. They should demand all the money they can get. What I am saying is the Broncos and Jets should not give in to an excessive amount of money, no matter how good they think Miller or Wilkerson are. Because as we have seen far too many times, when teams give huge contracts to star players, more often than not it has a negative effect on the team, not a positive one.
    The problem is of course, that there has been ridiculous money handed out this off season to even marginal free agents, and this is what is going to happen now going forward with teams who have top players wanting a new contract. Can you imagine how much money QB’s are going to be demanding going forward?
    The owners have no one to blame but themselves. They are greedy beyond comprehension and no one knows for sure how much money they take in but we all know it’s much more than they’d ever admit to.
    So go for it Miller and Wilkerson! And let’s see if the Broncos and Jets have the guts to say no to your demands. My bet is they don’t.

  14. No big deal … if they don’t get the big contracts from their current teams there are 31 other teams more then willing to throw Suh type money at them …

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    cinzano08 says:
    Jun 18, 2016 9:49 PM
    Miller tries to bribe a urine tester, fails a test so why should he get top dollar? The other guy is just a lunatic who no team should give big money too.

    Because he is a consistently great player and Super Bowl MVP…and in regards to Wilk being a “lunatic” what are you talking about?? He has not ever had any type of off field incident or any Pacman level nonsense on it……and has been a beast since his rookie season. It is too bad the Jets are in salary cap purgatory for another year

  16. mymazdaluvsme says:
    Jun 19, 2016 11:38 AM
    In fact, I think the Packers have gone defense with every first round pick since that year.. but the defense is even worse then it was in 2011 haha
    ————————

    Kind of an odd statement as it seems Green Bay’s Defense is every bit as good as the Vikings.
    And we’re always hearing from those clueless Barneys that they have a top 5 Defense.

  17. von miller is just bein a baby thats why hes not gettin payed.

    as for muhammed wilkerson, i think its a case of nfl teams being in wait-and-see mode. depending on the results of the novermber presidential election, its possible wilkerson may be banned from entering the country. if so, no team wants that dead money on there cap. so it makes sense to wait it out before signing a contract.

  18. Wilkerson is not in the same category as Miller. Miller cheated on a drug urine test. Wilkerson deserves to be paid but if Miller played for a certain team in this league, PFT comments would be full of comments calling him out for his cheating and how he doesn’t deserve the big money he is asking for!

  19. Before we create a pity party, both players have received offers with guaranteed money that contains generational money if taken care of wisely.

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