The following are the comparisons in key categories of the two largest guard deals, one in May of last year and one last week (amounts in millions of dollars):
APY 8.1 8.7
First-year money 19 21.5
Three-year total 25.6 31
It should be noted, however, that Evans negotiated his contract while scheduled to make $3.17 million. Mankins – in his year of negotiation -- was scheduled to make $10.1 million. Thus, Mankins is receiving almost $7 million less than Evans in “new money” – money that otherwise would not have come to the player.
Mankins – and Evans – have set a new frontier for interior offensive linemen. Yes, guards can get paid too.
And the long-running drama between the New England Patriots and Logan Mankins has ended, much like the long-running drama between the NFL and the NFLPA. Peace has broken out all over the NFL...