Originally Posted by Romo 2 Austin
He is paid like an 1100 yard receiver, he will finish with 1050 or so despite the injuries.
He's paid like a guy who's floor should be 1100 and who's ceiling should be closer to the season that earned him his paycheck. 1300+ and 11 TDs.
There's no way you would pay 50M for a guy who's gonna peak at 1100 yards......which he hasn't even done since that big year. Largely because he's in and out of the lineup and hampered by injuries every single year.
Not that pay is even the most important factor. It's cap hit that's the real important factor.
2.7M is his "listed" cap hit. His real cap hit is 7.7M which would be 10th highest in the NFL for WRs according to spotrac.
As it sits, his actual cap hit next year will be 13.3M which is highest for his position and 300K more than the next player. Of course, expect more salary cap wizardry and chopping of base salaries which will save money but still have him in the Top 10 for his position.
The team isn't getting matching production because he can't stay healthy. He's a good player when healthy but the once in a blue moon healthy stretches are getting tiresome. Even if he was so dominant when healthy that he was earning every dollar of that paycheck by having elite overal numbers despite missing all the time he does, what good does it do to have a guy who's so unreliable in terms of health that he could sit out any given week of the season?