Weston Richburg gets $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed

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Weston Richburg has lived up to the first four letters of his last name.

The 49ers paid the former Giants center, giving him $47.5 million over five years with $28.5 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Richburg’s $9.5 million average will make him the second-highest paid center in football on a per-year average behind only Brandon Linder‘s $10.3 million average, according to overthecap.com, and Richburg’s guarantees are $8.5 million more than Alex Mack.

Linder and Dallas’ Travis Frederick do have bigger contracts in total value.

Richburg, 26, played 50 games in his four seasons with the Giants, but only four came last season because of injuries.

25 responses to “Weston Richburg gets $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed

  1. Richburg was a solid center with the giants. Maybe not second highest paid but its free agency. He was banged up last year and the team held him out towards the end of the season.

    Hope he does well for the niners

  2. Geez. He’s a good player. Probably the best on a horrible line which isn’t saying much. Wasn’t healthy most of last year. Would love for him to have stayed but not at the cost. Rather have Solder and take the best C available at the top of round 2.

    Or trade out the 2nd pick and get a Lbr/C/RB at 12,21 and 34. (Yes Buffalo, talking to you). Or maybe even reach at 12 for the best RT available. Hate reaching but so tired of the turnstiles on the corners for the Giants.

  3. If I am a Niners fan and I know Jed York is essentially telling Lunch to spend and win now for that new stadium with lame fans, I am ticked off.

    These Lynch contracts will devastate their cap position in the next 2 years.

    Horrible, horrible value on the contracts. Teambuilding does not work that way. You don’t just write checks. It does not work. You need a base first, one you build via the draft.

    They are skipping over the draft part. FAIL

  4. When will teams like the 49ers, Bills, Bears, Browns, and Jets realize that throwing big money on mediocre talent never works. No wonder every year these teams are drafting in the top 10. The best teams in football like the Bengals and Patriots never do this and all they do is win.

  5. If I am a Niners fan and I know Jed York is essentially telling Lunch to spend and win now for that new stadium with lame fans, I am ticked off.

    These Lynch contracts will devastate their cap position in the next 2 years.

    Horrible, horrible value on the contracts. Teambuilding does not work that way. You don’t just write checks. It does not work. You need a base first, one you build via the draft.

    They are skipping over the draft part. FAIL
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    Few things. They have a lot of money under the cap and they are actually front loading these contracts so they have less affect on future cap numbers. Next, these contracts, like Sherman’s are all mirages. They are giving guys a bunch of money upfront to make it appealing and then they can get out of all of these contracts quickly with no penalty. Lastly, they have an Indian dude name Paraag Marathe that handles the finances/salary cap – we will never be a cap-strapped team. As it stands now (including rollover), the Niners will be like 60 million under the cap next year.

  6. Cap goes up, nominal salaries go up. Every next good to elite player at their position, who’s contract is up, will become the new highest paid player for that position. What matters more is the percentage of the cap that a player’s salary occupies when the deal is signed. With the way that these deals are signed, it is very easy to move on from them if they bust. The bad teams are just bad at evaluating free agents and the value they bring to the team.

  7. PrincePaul says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    If I am a Niners fan and I know Jed York is essentially telling Lunch to spend and win now for that new stadium with lame fans, I am ticked off.

    These Lynch contracts will devastate their cap position in the next 2 years.

    Horrible, horrible value on the contracts. Teambuilding does not work that way. You don’t just write checks. It does not work. You need a base first, one you build via the draft.

    They are skipping over the draft part. FAIL
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    Few things. They have a lot of money under the cap and they are actually front loading these contracts so they have less affect on future cap numbers. Next, these contracts, like Sherman’s are all mirages. They are giving guys a bunch of money upfront to make it appealing and then they can get out of all of these contracts quickly with no penalty. Lastly, they have an Indian dude name Paraag Marathe that handles the finances/salary cap – we will never be a cap-strapped team. As it stands now (including rollover), the Niners will be like 60 million under the cap next year.

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    Few things:

    1. It doesn’t matter if you have an “indian guy” running your numbers or having a famn clue about the market, the draft wuwality.

    Basically, any top FA at each position of need, Lynch has bent over the sink and been completely bamboozled because SF has “cap space”.

    Keep in mind, any team in the last 2-3 years that has been carrying a 20 mil per year QB has been in a cap hell because of it. You can thank Ozzie Newsome and his stupidity for that.

    So, even if JimmyG is the real deal, and you have “cap space”, you won’t have “cap space” very soon, which means you’re renting Sherman, McKinnon, Richburg, etc. They all say “thanks very much and run the to the bank”.

    I mean, christ. McKinnon is a scatback. Wake me when he can do what James White does at 1/4 the cost.

    Not one of those players, save for aging Sherman on two blown out Achilles likely to be exposed during a rebuild, and then those players are gone when MAYBE SF Is contending, what do you have? They’re going to be gone or cut by then.

    This is Jed York clearly being a silver spooned dummy, telling Lynch to spend like Elway , thinking it’s some tried and true way to succeed. The truth is, the odds are against this approach.

    You need continuity and that comes from nailing 203 drafts in a row and use the rookie cap to keep costs down.

    The moves Lunch is making are those of an actual contender looking to infuse high impact talent to win it all.

    SF is 2-3 years away from even allowing us to see if they can be a contender.

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm
    Horrible, horrible value on the contracts.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Just like every BB contract ever.

  9. You need a base first, one you build via the draft.

    They are skipping over the draft part. FAIL
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    I also don’t think you watched a single Niners game last year. This is a team that has a base of young talent they drafted. Take the Jacksonville game last year. Solomon Thomas (rookie-1st round) had a sack, Reuben Foster (rookie-1st round) led the team in tackles, Akhello Witherspoon (rookie-3rd round) was the starting #1 corner (pff rating of 82 last year). Offensively, Matt Breida (undrafted rookie) had a 30 yard TD run, Trent Taylor (rookie-5th rounder) had a TD catch, George Kittle (rookie-5th rounder) had a TD catch.

    Not too many teams can say “we just dominated the number 2 team in the AFC with a 25-year-old QB, our best CB was a rookie, our best linebacker was a rookie, our best defensive lineman was a rookie and 3 different rookies scored on offense.” BTW, the Niners have 9 picks in this year’s draft.

    They signed 3 free agents, Sherman, Richburg, and McKinnon – not 10 free agents. The core of this team is young guys that they drafted and that will continue this offseason.

  10. faithful49er707 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    @TyLawsPicks

    Worry about your own damn team, stadium and fanbase

    You act like it’s your money they’re spending

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    Well, then why is it I nailed the whole Cardinals/Chandler Jones/Matheiu thing before Keim was forced to release Mathieu today?

    Hint: do not overpay and do not have bloated contracts on the market, because even ONE bloated contract can devastate a franchise for YEARS.

    Pats dealt JOnes, drafted Trey Flowers (very good player from Rd 4), and drafted Thuney and Malcom Mitcherll in the process, saving the 14 mil Jones takes up in Arizona, as he collects his precious “sacks” against bad or mediocre teams to stroke his ego.

    There’s a right way and a wrong way. Just that simple.

    Cap hits and dead money can completely ruin a team when they get arrogant and don’t respect the salary cap.

    Of course, you can always cheat it like Elway has, so there is that.

  11. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm
    Horrible, horrible value on the contracts.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Just like every BB contract ever.

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    That makes 100% zero sense.

    No one scours the market and gets better value than BB. Your jealousy remains a delight, though.

  12. on H. says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Cap goes up, nominal salaries go up. Every next good to elite player at their position, who’s contract is up, will become the new highest paid player for that position. What matters more is the percentage of the cap that a player’s salary occupies when the deal is signed. With the way that these deals are signed, it is very easy to move on from them if they bust. The bad teams are just bad at evaluating free agents and the value they bring to the team.

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    WRONG

    All it takes is one moron owner/GM to spike the market unnaturally due to bad management, fan perception/ticket sale drop fears, etc, bad drafting, giving the player leverage.

    You then trade that player out, maximize the ROI and go get one in the draft under the rookie cap.

    The Pats have set the blueprint for over 15 years and there are literally 80% moron, arrogant, entitled NFL franchises running around doing this every 2-3 years, over and over, have absolutely no idea what they are doing, yet they somehow think they;re special.

    This isn’t baseball and it’s not the NBA where you can swap players in and out and not fear a lack of team continuity.

    Football is different and the cap has serious repercussions.

    The proof is in the pudding.

  13. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    March 14, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    When will teams like the 49ers, Bills, Bears, Browns, and Jets realize that throwing big money on mediocre talent never works. No wonder every year these teams are drafting in the top 10. The best teams in football like the Bengals and Patriots never do this and all they do is win.

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    It’s part of our society. No patience, delusion and immediate satisfaction.

    Hence, why the owners know they can dupe their own fans and steal their money.

    Rinse and repeat.

    It’s also called arrogance. Somehow, some way, the calendar flips and because someone like Jed York is entitled as a silver spooned tool who never worked a day in his life, thinks its his time. Just because.

    Lynch is showing why he may need to produce his Stanford degree to prove it actually exists.

    I mean, it’s not that difficult but somehow these people all do a lot of back patting and then in 2 years are caught with their pants down.

  14. Giants fan since 79. Pugh was the most talented o-lineman on the 2017 Giants and even he wouldnt deserve this much money. I actually dont feel too bad about overpaying for Solder now that I see this contract. Ask ANY Giants fan who was a better center last year for us, Richburg or CFL vet Brett Jones. SF can afford so it is what is, but WOW.

  15. PrincePaul says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    You need a base first, one you build via the draft.

    They are skipping over the draft part. FAIL
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    I also don’t think you watched a single Niners game last year. This is a team that has a base of young talent they drafted. Take the Jacksonville game last year. Solomon Thomas (rookie-1st round) had a sack, Reuben Foster (rookie-1st round) led the team in tackles, Akhello Witherspoon (rookie-3rd round) was the starting #1 corner (pff rating of 82 last year). Offensively, Matt Breida (undrafted rookie) had a 30 yard TD run, Trent Taylor (rookie-5th rounder) had a TD catch, George Kittle (rookie-5th rounder) had a TD catch.

    Not too many teams can say “we just dominated the number 2 team in the AFC with a 25-year-old QB, our best CB was a rookie, our best linebacker was a rookie, our best defensive lineman was a rookie and 3 different rookies scored on offense.” BTW, the Niners have 9 picks in this year’s draft.

    They signed 3 free agents, Sherman, Richburg, and McKinnon – not 10 free agents. The core of this team is young guys that they drafted and that will continue this offseason.

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    Oh, I watched em. The problem is, your players lack football IQ. THere’s some pretty good talent there, but I about spit out my coffee reading the contract Lynch gave Goodwin, too.

    The guy has been hurt his entire career and had like 3 catches in 2 years at one point.

    At least let him prove he is worth a new deal.

  16. Tylawpicksix doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    At least look at the contract details before putting them down.

    Mckinnon’s deal could be only a one year deal for 12 or two for 16 million. How does that devastate the cap?

    Sherman’s deal has already been covered ad nauseam over how team friendly the deal is. How does that devastate the cap?

    Richburg’s deal includes 16.5 in FULLY guaranteed money. This is not a Suh deal or a Mathieu deal that will hamstring the team in two years. How does that devastate the cap?

    The answers to these questions are that they don’t ruin our cap at all. And anyone who puts a little effort into research could tell you that.

    Even with these three signings, plus our draft pick’s salaries, the team has about 29 million in cap space to play around with.

    Lynch and company are doing a fine job.

  17. WRONG

    All it takes is one moron owner/GM to spike the market unnaturally due to bad management, fan perception/ticket sale drop fears, etc, bad drafting, giving the player leverage.

    You then trade that player out, maximize the ROI and go get one in the draft under the rookie cap.

    The Pats have set the blueprint for over 15 years and there are literally 80% moron, arrogant, entitled NFL franchises running around doing this every 2-3 years, over and over, have absolutely no idea what they are doing, yet they somehow think they;re special.

    This isn’t baseball and it’s not the NBA where you can swap players in and out and not fear a lack of team continuity.

    Football is different and the cap has serious repercussions.

    The proof is in the pudding.
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    The good teams know when to let players walk, when to invest in free agency and how to maintain cap flexibility, but getting out of bad signings has never been easier. I agree that drafting a QB in round 1 or round 2 is a better risk than paying 18mil + for a one year wonder at QB or a QB with glass knees and I would also agree that drafting an RB is smarter than handing out contracts to average to slightly above average rb’s but my point is that no one should be surprised that good to elite players are becoming the highest paid players at their position whenever their contract is up and the cap goes up. What the bad teams do is hand out lots of contracts, money and term to marginal players or players who do not affect the final win-loss result of their team, that is usually the case when the team does not have core players or a vision for what they want to do so they try to make things stick.

  18. Oh, I watched em. The problem is, your players lack football IQ. THere’s some pretty good talent there, but I about spit out my coffee reading the contract Lynch gave Goodwin, too.

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    As a Pats fan, you didn’t watch them because your comment showed that you had no knowledge of the Niners team and how many young guys are playing for them and how they crushed last years draft. Trent Taylor, Kittle, Breida, Thomas (from Stanford) don’t have football IQ???? HAHAHAHA. Fun fact for you…. The Pats have never had 3 rookies score in a game before.

    Also, you thought the Goodwin contract was bad? He had 100 yeards less than Brandin Cooks last year and had Hoyer and Beathard passing to him most of the season. Garoppolo to Goodwin = more yards per game than Brady to Cooks. I didn’t think it was a bad contract – it’s an extension that works out to 23 mill over 5 years.

    It’s fun watching you Pats fans act like this now that you know that your team is falling apart. It was fun while it lasted though, wasn’t it?

  19. Everyone should know by now that tylawspick6 is THE GREATEST GM OF ALL TIME! How dare anyone argue with this. In fact BB calls him before any roster move. Just look at all of the contracts he negotiated for all the players that are Hall of Famers on that championship winning team of Make Believe and BS that only exists in his head! He can draft anyone with his make believe draft board and call anyone little millennials for disagreeing!

    TYLAWPICK6 to the profootballtalk HOF for being a comment section GM!!! Which is equal to the pit of misery! Dilly Dilly!!! Your bust/trophy will be a pile of Monopoly Money you saved “your team” from “cap hell!”

    You can rejoice in your make believe world, in the knowledge that you have won absolutely nothing with all your proud pontificating/trolling. Kudos sir!

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