pehawk wrote:It's an unusual contract, without a doubt. But, under the new CBA, the market's been acting very unusual.
Giving up picks or not, the trend seems to be teams having more power in negotiations (outside QB's). I think contracts and the trends have to head this direction. As I said in the other thread, the NFLPA got took at the negotiating table, again, so until its renegotiated there will be ALOT of head-scratcher deals like this.
I'm not saying anyone could've predicted a contract as odd as Revis's deal. But, the market's heading into a direction unseen in NFL FA history. It bodes VERY well for teams which set-up player friendly atmospheres. Like, Seattle.
IMO, this deal happened for a few reasons and won't likely be repeated often.
#1: One of the main purposes of guaranteed money is to act as a disincentive factor which adds to job security. For example, Red Bryant was terrible last season, and he has an injury that is likely to be a recurring problem. However, if Seattle released him it would actually cost them money in the short term. His 2013 cap hit would actually go up
by $4 million if they released him today. That's a lot of incentive to just hold on to Bryant an extra year and see how he does. That cap hit consequence is because of the guaranteed money.
Revis may not have guaranteed money to scare away thoughts of a restructure, but if/when the Bucs decide he's not worth the money anymore, they aren't getting that 1st + 3rd pick back. How long do they need to keep Revis for that trade to not look terrible? I'd say at least 3 years.
#2: Revis has an ego. This was pretty clear by his childish and (IMO) unprovoked reaction to Richard Sherman getting the spotlight. Revis wanted $16 million a year, and he got it. It's a symbolic thing for him. And normally, it would be a pretty dumb contract. But in this case, I think it's actually a genius contract for Revis because the Bucs are very unlikely to touch that contract for years.
#3: Most players won't sign contracts that practically beg to be restructured. I think a lot of players worry about getting injured and losing millions of dollars, too. In the case of Revis, he probably feels safe because the draft pick investment serves as his disincentive factor.