Some emailers have asked how center Dan Koppen's deal -- a five-year extension through 2011, with $7.5 million in bonuses that could be worth up to $20 million -- compares with others around the league.
A good comparison is the contract signed by Justin Hartwig with the Carolina Panthers prior to this season. Hartwig was an unrestricted free agent and he inked a five-year, $17 million contract with $7 million in bonuses ($5 million to sign, $2 million option bonus).
It's likely that Hartwig's deal, which came on the open market, was one of the "comparables" that both sides worked off when putting the Koppen extension together.
Based on Hartwig's deal, which was signed in March, it looks like Koppen got a fair market deal. Hartwig's deal averages $3.3 million per year, while Koppen's deal -- assessed over a six-year term because it doesn't kick in until 2007 -- is at the same figure.