Back when All-Pro guard Jahri Evans inked a seven-year, $56.7 million deal with New Orleans, we considered the ramifications it could have on Mankins’ negotiations. But one thing we may have left unsaid? Evans’ deal really wasn’t all that out-of-whack when compared to the best guard deals of the last half-decade. Consider the numbers …
Jahri Evans, Saints (2010): 7 years, $56.7 million, $19 million guaranteed
Alan Faneca, Jets (2008): 4 years, $32 million, $23 million guaranteed
Eric Steinbach, Browns (2008): 7 years, $49.5 million, $17 million guaranteed
Chris Snee, Giants (2008): 6 years, $41.25 million, $17 million guaranteed
Leonard Davis, Cowboys (2007): 7 years, $49.6 million, $18.75 million guaranteed
Kris Dielman, Chargers (2007): 6 years, $39 million, $17 million guaranteed
Derrick Dockery, Bills (2007): 7 years, $49 million, $18.5 million guaranteed
Steve Hutchinson, Vikings (2006): 7 years, $49 million, $16 million guaranteed
(UPDATE 6:59 p.m.): Added Snee late … Thanks to a reader for pointing out the oversight)
Evans and Faneca got an AAV of $8 million or so on their deals. The other six we listed there all had numbers at or near $7 million per year.
The fact is now, whether you consider having a top-shelf guard essential or not, the best at the position are being paid at a premium rate. Even the next level of player at that spot is getting paid. Carolina’s Travelle Wharton got a six-year, $36 million deal with $12 million guaranteed prior to the 2008 season. Tennessee’s Eugene Amano got a five-year, $26.25 million deal with $10.5 million guaranteed this offseason. And those two have played a dozen years collectively without a single Pro Bowl berth.
So what’s Mankins worth? Judging by what we have here, I think it’s fair to say he’d be shooting for $7-8 million per year with close to $20 million guaranteed.