Zach Brown Signing: Brown Gets One Year Deal From Washington Redskins
The Contract Is A Solid One On The Current Market
When the signing of Brown was originally announced, former sports agent and salary cap expert Joey Corry commented on a deal that could be similar to Brown’s:
It turns out that Corry was absolutely right. Brown earned only $400K more than Kevin Minter despite performing better during the 2016 season. Brown possesses more athleticism than Minter, and he projected to be a better player for the Redskins because of his versatility. In a vacuum, based solely against Minter’s deal, Brown’s contract appears to be a really strong one.
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League wide, that also appears to be the case. Brown is set to the be the 13th highest paid inside linebacker based on yearly average per OverTheCap.com. He will be earning less than the uninspiring duo of A.J. Klein and Lawrence Timmons, who both signed as free agents this offseason.
Klein, despite being nothing more than a backup, earned $5 million annually. Timmons, meanwhile, earned $6 million per year, which seems right for a linebacker with his pedigree. However, at age 31 in May, Timmons may decline at any time, so the Dolphins may be paying on past production in his deal. Timmons’ athleticism was already a little lacking last year, so that makes his deal risky.
Brown’s contract has more upside than all three of the aforementioned deals. He has more athleticism and higher upside. Considering that he is only 27, Brown could just be hitting his prime and could continue to improve.