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Per Profootballtalk >>>>

Many of the long-term contracts signed by NFL veterans amount to two-year deals with a team-held year-to-year option on the rest. Players should just sign shorter deals.

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Maybe this will help you realise teams across the NFL use this tactic.

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Most people know that finishing a full contract without it being altered near the end is rare. VERY rare. Brady doesn't do it, Manning doesn't do it, Rodgers won't do it, Brees won't do it, and Ryan won't do it.

Players and teams both know that if they sign a contract, they know about half will be made within the first 2-3 years of the contract. Unless you're a marquee player (typically top 5 at your position), you'll probably make close >50% in the first 2-3 years.

Colston received a 5yr/40million dollar contract in 2012. It came with a 10million signing bonus.

In year 1, he made an additional 1.3mil (Making 11.3mil in 1 year or 28.25% of his contract)

In year 2, he made 2.5mil (Making 13.8mil in 2 years or 34.5% of his contract)

In year 3, he made 5.3mil (Making 20.1mil in 3 years or 50.25% of his contract)

In year 4, he took a pay cut, but received a roster bonus as well. This year, he will make 4.5mil (Making 24.6mil in 4 years or 61.5% of his initial contract)

In year 5, if he stays and since it is already fixed I assume it stays the same way, he will make 3.9mil (making 28.5mil in 5 years or 71.25% of his initial contract)

In theory, his pay cut was substantial compared to the norm. Most players take a slight pay cut of around 10-20%, but for year 4 and year 5, Colston took a pay cut that was 28.75% of his initial contract.

David Hawthorne is another guy that is the norm. Signed a 5yr/19millino dollar contract in 2012. It came with a 3.8mil signing bonus.

In year 1, he made an additional 700k (Making 4.5mil in 1 year or 23.68% of his contract)

In year 2, he made an additional 1.75mil (Making 6.25mil in 2 years or 32.89% of his contract)

In year 3, he made an additional 2.75mil (Making 9.0mil in 3 years or 47.37% of his contract)

In year 4, he took a pay cut, but received a roster bonus as well. This year, he will make 3.25mil (Making 12.25mil in 4 years or 64.47% of his initial contract)

In year 5, if he stays and since it is already fixed I assume it stays the same way, he will make 3.75mil (Making 16.0mil in 5 years or 84.21% of his initial contract)

This falls more into the norm.

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