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#1 jahnyc

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:39 PM

PFT reports that Dustin Colquitt, the punter for the Chiefs, signed a five year deal worth $18.75 million with $8.9 million guaranteed.

This is crazy.  How much is Levitre going to get on the open market?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:45 PM

View Postjahnyc, on 04 March 2013 - 04:39 PM, said:

PFT reports that Dustin Colquitt, the punter for the Chiefs, signed a five year deal worth $18.75 million with $8.9 million guaranteed.

This is crazy.  How much is Levitre going to get on the open market?

I don't know.  Does he punt?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:51 PM

When it comes to player salaries the NFL is a zero sum game (more or less). Everyone is subject to the salary cap. There's not enough cap room in the league to accommodate all the demands of the FAs on the market. Some will find desperate team's w/ foolish GMs that will overpay for their services, but most of these guys will ultimately sign for significantly less than their asking price.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:55 PM

View Postjahnyc, on 04 March 2013 - 04:39 PM, said:

PFT reports that Dustin Colquitt, the punter for the Chiefs, signed a five year deal worth $18.75 million with $8.9 million guaranteed.

This is crazy.  How much is Levitre going to get on the open market?

I think if you look at the numbers, OG is not a "specialized" position and does not command a ridiculous sum.  Odd when comparing to a punter, but true.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:02 PM

I think Levitre gets at least $6 million per year in the open market and possibly up to $8 million per year.

I would probably sign Levitre and pass on Woods next year.  I really like Woods, but two major leg injuries makes me wonder whether his career will be shortened by past injuries or future injuries.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:08 PM

View Postjahnyc, on 04 March 2013 - 05:02 PM, said:

I think Levitre gets at least $6 million per year in the open market and possibly up to $8 million per year.

Grubbs signed 5 years $36M last year, I can't see Levitre signing for less.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:19 PM

View PostCarey Bender, on 04 March 2013 - 05:08 PM, said:



Grubbs signed 5 years $36M last year, I can't see Levitre signing for less.

or much more.


to the OP, thats what elite kickers get these days. thats not that crazy of a number. morestead signed a 6 year 21m deal last year. hence you see a lot of kickers get the tag - its a cheap short term option.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

The story of a punter getting franchised is used as a springboard into another Andy Levitre conversation.

Is everyone gonna repeat their already oft-repeated predictions on how much it'll cost to re-sign Andy?

Sorry but it's getting to be a bit much. If the conversation had gone in another direction (franchise tags on specialists?) it wouldn't have hit the nerve.

Sorry and carry on.

And yes, I shouldn't have posted here.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:17 PM

View PostRob, on 04 March 2013 - 04:51 PM, said:

When it comes to player salaries the NFL is a zero sum game (more or less). Everyone is subject to the salary cap. There's not enough cap room in the league to accommodate all the demands of the FAs on the market. Some will find desperate team's w/ foolish GMs that will overpay for their services, but most of these guys will ultimately sign for significantly less than their asking price.

Plus the cap is flattening out for a the next few years. Teams are strapped and the FA sticker prices will drop.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:11 PM

View PostFan in San Diego, on 04 March 2013 - 08:17 PM, said:

Plus the cap is flattening out for a the next few years. Teams are strapped and the FA sticker prices will drop.
This is a big part of why I think the Bills should be frugal. A lot of teams are getting themselves cash strapped long term. Teams that are good at assessing value will stand to capitalize over the next few seasons.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:18 PM

View Postjahnyc, on 04 March 2013 - 05:02 PM, said:

I think Levitre gets at least $6 million per year in the open market and possibly up to $8 million per year.

I would probably sign Levitre and pass on Woods next year.  I really like Woods, but two major leg injuries makes me wonder whether his career will be shortened by past injuries or future injuries.

Well...If the decision comes down to Levitre or Wood at OBD, chances are they would be wrong in the long-run regardless of which one they chose...That's the way it's been going for a while now... B-)

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:41 PM

View PostKOKBILLS, on 04 March 2013 - 09:18 PM, said:

Well...If the decision comes down to Levitre or Wood at OBD, chances are they would be wrong in the long-run regardless of which one they chose...That's the way it's been going for a while now... B-)

I was thinking the very same thing. Sad, but so very true....