There’s always a reward when you get things done ahead of 31 other teams in the league.

For Howie Roseman and the Eagles, it’s a sigh of relief to know that their star players are under contract for the next 2-6 years.

And they’ve managed to save millions while doing so.

Back in April, the Eagles extended multiple players.

Now that the ink had dried on those contracts, it was about time the rest of the league got around to paying some of the other superstars.

Eagles Remain Ahead

In April, the Eagles signed their star receivers to two massive extensions.

These contracts don’t come without merit; the duo’s stat line for the last two seasons is below.

  • DeVonta Smith – 33GP, 2,262Rec Yards, 14TD
  • A.J. Brown – 34GP, 2,952Rec Yards, 18TD

While these may have been the first few receivers to be paid this off-season, they certainly weren’t the biggest paydays handed out in recent signings.

This Week’s Extensions

In the last few days. Multiple receivers have gotten contract extensions with their current team, including:

Let’s see how these recent contracts compare with the base stats of the following two seasons in comparison to the Eagles duo.

  • Nico Collins – 24GP, 1,778Rec Yards, 10TD
  • Jaylen Waddle – 31GP, 2,370Rec Yards, 12TD

Things might look great compared to the Collins deal. Keep in mind that’s only one season with C.J. Stroud as the Texans’ Quarterback. Things might change in the upcoming season as well, with the addition of Stefon Diggs and the hopeful return for Tank Dell’s sophomore season.

The same goes for looking at Waddle’s deal. Similar to DeVonta Smith, who’s in a WR2 role behind Brown/Tyreek Hill. DeVonta Smith has put up similar numbers (108 fewer yards) and will be getting paid nearly $10M less across the 3 years of his deal.

With these new contracts for star-studded teams, which receiver would you rather have in this scenario?

Past Deals

Of course, these weren’t the only Receivers to break the bank this off-season; in fact, multiple have already seen their new deals come through, including:

  • March 11th, Michael Pittman Jr, 3-year, $70M
  • April 24th, Amon-Ra St. Brown, 4-year, $120.01M
  • March 13th, Calvin Ridley, 4-year, $92M

Of course, with their payday comes the stats. How does this other batch of receivers compare to the last four?

  • Michael Pittman Jr. – 32GP, 2,077Rec Yards, 8TD
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown – 32GP, 2,676Rec Yards, 16TD
  • Calvin Ridley – 17GP, 1,016Rec Yards, 8TD

Even if Calvin Ridley had played the 2022 season, his numbers would still be somewhere between Pittman and DeVonta Smith. Depending on what team he had gone to, Ridley could have easily surpassed the 1,200 mark.

All these receivers are under contract for the next 3-5 Years. You’d think that means the rest of the big names due in the upcoming year have seen new deals, but for some, that’s not the case.

No Contract In Sight?

Also from the 2021 Draft class with Smith and Waddle is Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase.

Entering his 4th season, Chase has put up the following in his last two years as a Bengal:

  • Ja’Marr Chase – 28GP, 2,262Rec Yards, 16TD

Without a contract, the Bengals have exercised their $21.8M 5th-year option for the following season. It will be hard to deny Chase an extension. Even without Joe Burrow for lengthy periods, Chase has still been able to have success.

But in the NFC, there are two more names struggling for a payday.

  • CeeDee Lamb – 34GP, 3,108Rec Yards, 21TD
  • Justin Jefferson – 27GP, 2,883Rec Yards, 13TD

Seeing every other team continue to lock up receivers might be good for the players, but certainly not for the teams. A.J. and Amon-Ra’s deals will be the closest comparison for this duo to get paid.

And if they’re trying to take over the #1 and #2 spots for highest-paid receivers, teams will be looking to pay north of $30M to keep these players under contract.

After all the deals and carousel doors of acquiring younger receivers, what contracts would you offer these players who might be left still bargaining for a deal come the next off-season?


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