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08:00 AM ET 03.29 | In the end, he didn't quite live up to his goal on the open market. Jake Long fell short of the $11 million per year he was seeking on the four-year, $34 million contract he signed with the St. Louis Rams. The deal has a maximum value of $36.5 million. Long can earn $375,000 in not likely to be earned incentives each year based on playtime tied to the playoffs and by being selected to the Pro Bowl. The deal also has $400,000 and $600,000 base salary escalators for playtime in 2015 and 2016. It isn't surprising that Long couldn't hit his asking price. He followed a subpar 2011 campaign with the worst season of his five-year NFL career.

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March 29, 2013  08:15 AM ET

I see what you did there........

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March 29, 2013  08:36 AM ET

It was a risk signing him, but when you're on the bottom there's no place to go but up, and you've got to take chances to turn thing around.

March 29, 2013  08:58 AM ET

So, he is getting $3 million less the first two years of the deal than he got in his rookie contract and $10 million less in guaranteed money from his rookie deal.

And you wonder why Goodell, after that new CBA deal, has that job for life?

March 29, 2013  09:53 AM ET

50YF:
Your talents are being wasted here on FN.

March 29, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So, he is getting $3 million less the first two years of the deal than he got in his rookie contract and $10 million less in guaranteed money from his rookie deal.And you wonder why Goodell, after that new CBA deal, has that job for life?

I would say wasted. We appreciate his posts very much here on Fn!

March 29, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I would say wasted. We appreciate his posts very much here on Fn!

OK, what do you guys want? I have wasted most of my life, don't let me waste yours too.

March 29, 2013  12:36 PM ET

The Rams will push this guy to play well!!!!!

March 29, 2013  01:07 PM ET

Blame it on a weak Obama Economy IMO.

March 30, 2013  01:40 AM ET

Let's face it, Long is no Joe Thomas!! JT is the best left tackle in the NFL! Pro bowl as a rookie and every year since!

 
March 30, 2013  01:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So, he is getting $3 million less the first two years of the deal than he got in his rookie contract and $10 million less in guaranteed money from his rookie deal.And you wonder why Goodell, after that new CBA deal, has that job for life?

Of course there are going to be contracts not as good as the previous CBA rookie deals. That was the whole point of the issue...too much money being spent on completely unproven players just entering the league. Long could not stay healthy, and thus did not live up to expectations. So plenty of the old CBA rookie deal players may not earn as good a contract going forward....but on the flip side many 4 - 5 year players signed contracts that some felt were too big, because they had success AND not as much is going toward the rookies.

Are you forgetting it was THE PLAYERS that wanted caps put on rookie players, BECAUSE the veterans were tired of seeing unproven, never played and day in the NFL, gee I hope they'll live up to expectation players get all the money!

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