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The ’11 draft class, and that Peterson extension

Posted by Darren Urban on January 24, 2014 – 3:17 pm

Under the new collective bargaining agreement put together in 2011, draft picks must be in the league three years before they can negotiate a contract extension. That means that 2011 class — which features Patrick Peterson, Cam Newton, Von Miller, A.J.Green, Julio Jones, Aldon Smith, J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn, among others — are all now eligible for new contracts, and the assumption has long been that many of those will happen. Certainly that has been a subject of speculation with Peterson. The Cardinals want to keep Peterson long term (of course) and it was not a coincidence that Peterson recently changed agents with that opportunity now looming.

But, as usual when it comes to big-money deals, none of this is a simple process. Jason Cole wrote an interesting piece about the situation of the 2011 draft class (he never touched on Peterson, specifically). In it, he talked to 10 GMs and/or cap specialists, and all expected that instead of a long-term extension this year that teams will opt to invoke the fifth-year option on each contract. Every first-round contract now as a fifth-year team option that, inevitably, will be a more affordable (and non-guaranteed) salary. In the case of 2011 picks, all are locked up through 2014 and then the team can invoke a 2015 year. This doesn’t even include the option to franchise tag a player for 2016.

(Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are in similar situations as a fifth- and second-round picks in 2011, except as non-first-rounders, teams do not have a fifth-year option on those players. It actually gives non-first-rounders more leverage this offseason.)

In short, there isn’t an incredible urgency to extend one of those 2011 contracts now, other than the fact some of those 2011 draft picks probably won’t be thrilled they wouldn’t be extended right away given the level of play many of them have reached already. It will make for an interesting offseason when it comes to those players — including Peterson.

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18 Responses to “The ’11 draft class, and that Peterson extension”

  1. By Azcardsguy123 on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    What kind of numbers do you think we’ll see like a 6yr/55 mill deal what do you think will happen Darren?

  2. By the way - Dr. G. on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    I wish the athletes would get paid for what they “did”, not for what they “might do”… always been a fan of post performance bonuses to keep the guarantees reasonable. There would be substantially less regret for the teams and fans, not to mention enhanced work ethic.

    Those who balk on this concept need to be aware of disability insurance to handle injuries etc…

  3. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    Azcards —

    RE: Deal

    No idea. So many factors. Like does Sherman get a deal first?

  4. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    Darren- As a writer for the Cards… do you get a free trip to the Superbowl…???

    BTW last night it was 0oF here….

  5. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    I can’t see how PP gets extended until Fitz’s contract/2014 cap hit are settled. As Keim has said, it’s going to take another year to get the Card’s salary cap house in order.

  6. By Eazy E on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    He probably looking for Revis money at 16 M’s a season. Sherman too..

  7. By Rugbymuffin on Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    If the Cardinals choose to extend Peterson this offseason, I would imagine it would be at the end of the offseason when they have most of the roster together.

    This is a business, and players pull this stuff all the time, so why extend a guy until it is necessary ?

  8. By Jim McFetridge on Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – Could any of the following free agent RB’s end up as Cardinals? Would any of them be an upgrade? I like Toby Gerhart, Knowshon Moreno, Ben Tate, Donald Brown & Legarrett Blount.

  9. By Craig on Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    I think each cheerleader should get paid $1000 per game. Come on NFL pay these girls who represent our team with passion.

  10. By the way - Dr. G. on Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren… Re: Breaking down the Birds 2014…

    I know, again…. In that you are Birds 24/7, sometimes hourly…. This may not seem significant, but this article/list was stupendous!

    I won’t bug you with this again, but a repeat post of it will help fans absorb some of the questions/answers coming down in the off season. Sometimes we never know when we do something outstanding…. Be well….

  11. By Darren Urban on Jan 26, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Breakdown

    I will do so soon. Thanks for asking.

  12. By Andy Kw on Jan 26, 2014 | Reply

    Lets bring in CB Charles Tillman and make our CB tandem the best in the league. Patrick Peterson, Charles Tillman, and the transition of Jerraud Powers to Nickel CB will make our secondary the best in the league. Lets make this happen.

  13. By ored on Jan 26, 2014 | Reply

    i think the agent plays a large part into players demanding extensions,etc.,it’s not like the players are’nt getting paid and if franchised,sometimes overpaid.personally i think it has been a one way street for too long,they sign a contract,immediantly want it extended or re-negotiated,never willing to take less if they stink it up or work to make the cap work.i get that their contracts are’nt generally guaranteed,but that is why they get such huge signing bonuses upfront,and it is a business,but sometimes you can kill the goose that lays the golden eggs,or in football terms stifle a teams roster and never have the chance to reach the top…three or four players getting 50-70 million a year,how do you pay the other 48 and expect good players and a good locker room,good question is how do those few players view their team mates,what to say to someone who has just as good a game as the star but gets paid 10% or less than him,or is a good citizen,shows up every game,plays well and yet the star makes knuckleheaded decisions,costs the team his playing time but is still rewarded as a star.

    no simple answers and it will just stay that way until one day it does’nt,whether fans just get too tired of overpriced tickets,parking,souveniers,refrshments,and now safety is becoming an issue,large crowds,tight space,boozed up people who don’t handle those situations well…just my opinion,but that’s not a situation that is gonna last or get better…every year people fall/pushed over railings,fights break out,somebody gets knifed,beaten,or shot…why would that be a good place to take your children.in wall street terms…we’re getting close to a top.

    probably should’nt have posted this…too pessimistic,but now that it’s written i can put it behind me and look forward to next weeks game,then free agency,the draft,and maybe a home championship.

  14. By Dustin spivey on Jan 26, 2014 | Reply

    Peterson for the cards for life!!!

  15. By irlfannphx on Jan 27, 2014 | Reply

    You’re gonna see numbers a lot larger than Revis is carrying. They’ll dwarf that!

  16. By Fan in Chi Town on Jan 27, 2014 | Reply

    Andy KW –

    I live in Chicago so I see my share of Bears games. Tillman is a tough guy and forces a lot of fumbles, but he is below average in coverage in my opinion. If he were to be brought in the defensive schemes would probably have to be altered to fit his M.O. because Bowles couldn’t just leave him on man to man coverage. We would get burned on big plays a lot. The Cardinals could definitely do worse, but I think our secondary is fine, and I would look at filling other things, personally.

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