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Harrison, Steelers Agree To Six-Year Deal

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Kwak, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Looks like the Merriman benchmark has been set.

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    Steelers linebacker James Harrison cashed in on his incredible 2008 season by agreeing to a new contract Monday that is worth $51.175 million over the next six seasons.

    Harrison was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season and had a 100-yard interception return before the half in the Steelers' Super Bowl victory over the Arizona Cardinals. He was scheduled to make $1.4 million this season, the final year of his contract.

    Included in the contract, which will be officially announced Tuesday, is about $20 million in bonuses.

    "James is pleased he will be a Steeler for the rest of his NFL career, in all probability, which is what he wanted," Bill Parise, Harrison's agent, told The Associated Press. "The contract is reflective of him being the defensive player of the year."

    According to Parise, the contract is the largest signed by an NFL linebacker, although Harrison is not guaranteed of being paid the total value of the contract.
     
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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    That's alotta scratch.
     
  3. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    This is good news for the Chargers in the upcoming Merriman negotiations.
     
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Yeah, they better get the new CBA in place. I woiuld hate to see what happens to the NFL if we go into a capless year.
     
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  5. Buck Blincoe

    Buck Blincoe BoltTalker

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    When does Merriman's contract expire?
     
  6. Kwak

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    2009: $2.272 million
    2010: Free Agent

    In 2010 he will have a new contract or get the Tag.
     
  7. Buck Blincoe

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    I would presume he is going to have to play extra hard and prove to management the injury is no longer an issue...I know that's kind of obvious, but coming back from a knee is tough.

    Merriman and Brady.....it will be interesting to see how much impact their injuries will have on their games..if any at all.
     
  8. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    The problem will be without a CBA, 2010 is an uncapped year. The cost of a tag could sky rocket... :tdown:
     
  9. cranberry

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    This is too much money in these kind of years.
     
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  10. boltssbbound

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    The Stillers just did the Bolts a favor. That's actually not a ridiculous amount of scratch, and since Harrison won the defensive MVP last season, I don't think Merriman can make the case for getting more. I think this a contract that the Chargers could live with, assuming Merriman has the kind of comeback year I expect.
     
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  11. BoltinPortugal

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    This would be the greatest bargain ever if the Chargers signed Merriman for that amount of money. Unfortunately, if Merriman fully recovers from his injury this is not going to happen.

    I think Merriman will want something in the region of Freeney's contract, 6 years, 72M, 30M guaranteed. Probably even a bit more, and because of that i don't know if the Chargers will retain him after all the franchise tags available take place.

    Let's not forget that Harrison is 30 and Merriman is 24, and that Merriman's agent is Tom Condon while Harrison's is some guy who has only one client: James Harrison. And to top it off, while Merriman has had 3 elite years in his 3 healthy seasons, Harrinson had only 1 elite year, last year. yes, a case can be made for the year before that, so 1 and a half if you will.
     
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  12. Kwak

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    No, there are restrictions on how much you can pay to a player over their previous year. The playoff teams are restricted in signing new free agents.

    It will not be huge $$$$ bonanza for the players.

    If no CBA is in place for 2011, you can bet on a Lock out.
     
  13. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    If there's an uncapped year, Merriman's and (others) situation will not be a problem, he wouldn't qualify as a UFA since he would need 6 accrued seasons
     
  14. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Yeah that would not be good. However the lockout might occur next year as the first uncapped season is 2010. :tdown:
     
  15. Kwak

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    I don't think that would happen. The CBA will get done. The NFL can not afford loss of a season. There is WAY too much TV rev out there.
     
  16. VikingBolt

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    Ok, blonde question here, what does CBA mean?
    TIA
     
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  17. TheBeast

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    That's...alot of money...

    Merriman's going to want that mullah.
     
  18. Kwak

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    Collective Bargaining Agreement. It is the labor contract between the players and the owners.

    It defines things like Free Agency and a host of other things.
     
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    Thank you. I've heard of it but never really knew what it entailed.
     

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