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Post The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
:yay: Nice to see Miami taking precautions.

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Many of you have wondered how and why the Miami Dolphins could have made Brandon Marshall the highest-paid receiver in NFL history. The easy answer, as we pointed out the other day, is that they didn't -- his widely-reported four-year, $47.5 million extension fairly should be regarded at best as a five-year, $50 million contract, giving Marshall a $10 million annual average that matches the yearly total paid to Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

For starters, the full contract is worth $47.3 million over five years. It contains a phony $2.7 million roster bonus payable in 2014 -- but only if Marshall participates in 95 percent or more of the Dolphins' special teams plays in 2010.

Why would this be included? To allow Marshall and his agent to characterize the contract as a package worth $10 million per year. Truth be told, it's worth $9.46 million annually.

(That may not seem like much of a difference, but the phantom roster bonus allows Marshall and his agent, Kennard McGuire, to claim with a straight face that Marshall is getting $10 million per year.)

Then there's the notion that the Dolphins would pay $24 million in guaranteed money to a guy with a history of off-field incidents. Surely, V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells hasn't lost his mind, right?

He hasn't. (Or, more accurately, if he has, this isn't proof of it.)

With the 2009 decision in the Plaxico Burress grievance that signing bonus money can be recovered only if the player holds out or retires, a $20 million signing bonus would have been untouchable, even if Marshall had been suspended for a year or longer. So the Dolphins instead have paid out a signing bonus of $5.5 million. Coupled with a guaranteed base salary (for skill and injury) of $4 million in 2010, Marshall's contract has a minimum value of $9.5 million over one year.

Here's the kicker. If the Dolphins decide before April 2, 2011 that Marshall isn't who they thought he was, they can walk away, possibly without paying Marshall another penny. Prior to April 2, 2011, he has only $3 million in future guaranteed money that already has been unlocked. But the contract contains offset language; if they cut him and someone else pays him $3 million in 2011, the Dolphins are off the hook for the balance of the contract.

And even if the Dolphins pay a $3 million option bonus due on April 2, 2011, guaranteed base salaries of $6.5 million in 2011 and $6 million in 2012 (he also has $3 million in non-guaranteed base pay in 2012) can be nullified if Marshall is suspended by the league.


So, for now, the only guaranteed money is $12.5 million, with an offset for up to $3 million. If the Dolphins decided to keep him past April 2, 2011, another $9.5 million in guaranteed base salaries will be available -- as long as Marshall stays out of trouble.

These facts are another reason why it's always dangerous to accept at face value the numbers that the player's camp begins to parrot as soon as the deal is signed.

The problem is that the agent has an incentive to get a skewed version of the contract into the media, the team rarely is willing to say anything that would dampen the "highest paid player!" parade, and the reporter who gets the information often is so determined to be first that the question of whether or not the information is accurate often gets lost in the shuffle. (And, yes, we've done that once or twice -- and we hope that we have learned from it.)


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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
Still glad I'm not the GM, eh?

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Since Miami is giving the Broncos 2 second round picks for him, I imagine the Dolphins are hoping that all things work out and that Marshall earns that contract.

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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
Not as bad as I 1st thought,but still 2 2nd round picks?

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I have no idea what I just read, but ok.


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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
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Still glad I'm not the GM, eh?


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Iowafin wrote:
Still glad I'm not the GM, eh?


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Well then I guess you're unhappy with all the decisions they've made.

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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
Not really in the only instance that comes to mind you wanted to cut Ginn outright and the Trifecta got a 5th round pick for him.

Much better outcome I would say.

If you did get something right sometime you might not want to break your arm patting yourself on the back.


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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
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I have no idea what I just read, but ok.



:) I AGREE!!!

Look , I just want to know when he gets popped again & has to sit out a year that there are stipulations in the contract for that.

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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
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Not really in the only instance that comes to mind you wanted to cut Ginn outright and the Trifecta got a 5th round pick for him.

Much better outcome I would say.

If you did get something right sometime you might not want to break your arm patting yourself on the back.


I said I plan on cutting him, so if you can get anything for him you take it. Miami got a 5th.

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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
If the guy gets 100+ catches for 1,000+ yards and scores 10+ touchdowns then I really don't care if we're paying him $10M a season. To me that's worth it.
I've lived in the Denver area for the last 10 years and I've had the opportunity to watch this guy develop. Let me tell you one thing about Marshall, he's a flat out monster with the ball in his hands. He has gone up against some of the best corners in the league and made them look silly. If he stays out of trouble he is going to be a truly amazing receiver in our offense. With teams having to compensate for our good ground game he will be getting a lot less double teams than he did in Denver. I expect big numbers from him this year. When he teams up with Henne it's going to mean lots of touchdowns on Sundays this year.


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Post Re: The truth about Brandon Marshall's contract.
If Marshall works out, the two second rounders are well worth it. Just nice to have clauses like these sometimes.

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