One year ago, Mario Williams signed a six-year, $100 million pact with the Buffalo Bills. It was insane money for anyone, and the deal was roundly panned throughout the year even though Williams put up 10.5 sacks.
Fast forward to 2013. Cliff Avril wanted Super Mario money. Paul Kruger wanted big bucks. Michael Bennett hoped to latch on with a team that would offer him a lucrative deal to escape from Tampa Bay. And those guys got...well, not much.
- Paul Kruger, five years, $40 million
- Cliff Avril, two years, $15 million
- Michael Bennett, one year, $5 million
I'm not sure how low the market can go, but this gives the Falcons a fighting chance of adding a couple more valuable pieces for what amounts to peanuts in today's NFL. Either teams are getting smarter, cheaper or greedier.
What kind of deals do you think the guys left on the market will get?