Inside the Marquez Valdes-Scantling deal

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Regardless of whether the Packers should or shouldn’t have kept receiver Davante Adams, they blew it by not re-signing Marquez Valdes-Scantling before the departure of Adams gave MVS more leverage.

Then, the Chiefs traded receiver Tyreek Hill — and Valdes-Scantling found himself in even greater demand.

He recently signed with the Chiefs. Here’s a look at the details of the three-year deal Valdes-Scantling signed in Kansas City.

1. Signing bonus: $6 million.

2. 2022 base salary: $2.56 million.

3. 2023 base salary: $8.56 million, $6.44 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing and becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year in 2023.

4. 2024 base salary: $11.56 million.

5. 2022-24 per-game roster bonus: $340,000 total.

6. 2022-24 workout bonus: $100,000.

The deal also includes up to $2 million per year in incentives, with $500,000 for 60-69 receptions or $1 million for 7–79 receptions or $1.4 million for 80-99 receptions or $2 million for 100 or more receptions. (He has never caught more than 38 passes in any of his four NFL seasons.)

It’s basically a one-year, $9 million deal. It becomes a two-year, $18 million contract, if he’s on the roster in March 2023.

And, yes, it’s a much better contract than the one-year, $3.25 million contract signed by receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster with the Chiefs, before Hill was traded.

14 responses to “Inside the Marquez Valdes-Scantling deal

  1. It’s a bad contract but JuJu has had 1 good season in 5 years. His last full season he had 97 catches for a measly 830 yards. Those are tight end type yards per catch numbers. The very same year (2020) MVS had only 33 catches but for 690 yards.

    MVS is a much better fit with Mahomes than JuJu will be, even though JuJu’s reputation makes him seem like a far better player.

  2. MVS never really impressed me much as a Packer! He has speed but his rte running and catching is much to be desired!

  3. This guy dropped every third pass that hit him on the numbers. Worse than that, his drops were nearly always untimely drive-killers. However, when he caught something in-stride, he could not be caught. It’s almost like a track and field star reinventing himself into a football player. It’ll take awhile.

  4. So the Chiefs signed two #2 WR’s, have a 3rd #2 in Hardman and one of the 3 will have a chance to make himself a number 1 and get paid after next year, 1 will likely be a solid #2 and the 3rd one will likely be on a new team next year. And KC still has the best TE in the game and the best play designer in Reid. Things are looking up, even without Hill. Draft picks galore and cap dollars to improve the defense even more.

  5. Could be WR by committee approach by Chiefs. As much as I believed JuJu was overrated in Pitt, he should excel w/ Mahomes as long as he spends more time practicing his route running, than his dance moves.

  6. MVS had the tools but never became more than a third string receiver in Green Bay. Maybe he will emerge in Denver, but he was not worth that level of deal to the Packers. Not all receivers are Davante Adams material.

  7. If the packers had a real owner this would have never happened.
    If Minnesota had a real pro football team, their fans would have something to talk about except trying to troll the Packers.

  8. There was absolutely no “mistake” made by the Packers in not signing MVS to a contract like that. You’re talking something like top 20 WR money for a guy who sniffed 700 yards once, has a dropping problem (though last year he had no drops, but was injured a lot), and has averaged about 30 catches per year.
    He’s a nice piece to have for something around half of what they’re paying him.

    Glad he got paid, good for him. But this contract is bananas. You can’t find a first year Davante Adams replacement in the draft, but you can absolute find someone to replace MVS and they’ll cost something like 10% of that contract.

  9. JuJu is immature and MVS has hands of stone — Mahomes is probably gonna need a padded room by the end of the season.

  10. I won’t be a bit surprised if Andy gets more out of MVS than the Packers did.

    I will be shocked if MVS’ production = $9mil/per year.

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