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January 24, 2008 3:15 PM

By the numbers: Wide receivers

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks' wide receivers were more productive this season than any time in the past four years.

They should have been, though, considering the money Seattle poured into that position. Deion Branch got $14 million worth of signing bonuses in 2006 and 2007, according to USA Today. Nate Burleson received a signing bonus of $4 million in 2006.

And now the Seahawks will face another budget decision at that position with D.J. Hackett scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Here's a look at the production and paychecks given out to wide receivers over the previous four seasons:

*Base salaries are taken from the NFL Players Association database. **Salary-cap totals and signing-bonus numbers are based on USA Today's database.

2007 Rec. Yards TDs Base salary* Salary-cap total** Signing bonus**
Bobby Engram 94 1,147 6 $820,000 $1,261,440 $880,000
Nate Burleson 50 694 9 $2,750,000 $3,552,280  
Deion Branch 49 661 3 $3,380,000 $5,981,920 $7,000,000
D.J. Hackett 32 384 3 $1,300,000 $1,304,800  
Ben Obomanu 12 180 1 $285,000 $290,280  
Courtney Taylor 5 38 0 $285,000 $307,562 $90,250
Totals 242 3,104 23 $8,820,000 $12,698,282
2006 Rec. Yards TDs Base salary* Salary-cap total** Signing bonus**
Deion Branch 53 725 4 $2,100,000 $3,376,471 $7,000,000
D.J. Hackett 45 610 4 $425,000 $467,424  
Bobby Engram 24 290 1 $1,400,000 $1,727,200  
Nate Burleson 18 192 2 $1,250,000 $2,053,080 $4,000,000
Totals 203 2,773 21 $7,675,000 $11,457,948
2005 Rec. Yards TDs Base salary* Salary-cap total** Signing bonus**
Bobby Engram 67 778 3 $1,200,000 $1,527,640  
Joe Jurevicius 55 694 10 $700,000 $852,640 $150,000
Darrell Jackson 38 482 3 $1,500,000 $2,833,333  
D.J. Hackett 28 400 2 $305,000 $347,863  
Peter Warrick 11 180 0 $900,000 $1,400,000 $500,000
Jerheme Urban 7 151 0 $178,235 $160,294 $500,000
Jerome Pathon Waived in training camp $0 $102,200 $300,000
Totals 206 2,685 18 $4,783,235 $7,223,970
2004 Rec. Yards TDs Base salary* Salary-cap total** Signing bonus**
Darrell Jackson 87 1,199 7 $1,000,000 $2,333,733  
Bobby Engram 36 499 2 $1,000,000 $1,326,200  
Koren Robinson 31 495 2 $420,588 $1,638,854  
Jerry Rice 25 362 3 $873,529 $873,529  
Jerheme Urban 6 117 1 $152,215 $121,765  
Alex Bannister 2 10 0 $628,000 $630,800  
Totals 187 2,682 15 $4,074,332 $6,924,881

 

When Seattle's season began, coach Mike Holmgren said this was the most depth he could remember the team having at that position. The Seahawks needed it. Hackett and Branch were season-opening starters and Holmgren had both players available at the same time for less than three games, all told, as Hackett suffered a high ankle sprain, Branch suffered a foot injury in Pittsburgh, a calf injury at the end of the season and then suffered a torn knee ligament in the team's playoff loss in Green Bay.

Despite all that, Seattle still had a very productive year out of its receivers. That says a lot about the team's depth. Nate Burleson came back from what was an overall disappointing 2006 with a very productive year and Bobby Engram set a career-high in receptions at the age of 34.

Here's a look at how Seattle's production -- and its payscale -- at wide receiver compared to the past couple of years. Now, since a salary component is included, it's important to note the new collective-bargaining agreement went into effect in 2006, resulting in more cap room and bigger spending all across the league. The Seahawks signed Branch and Burleson under the new deal, which explains some of the rise in payscale at the position.

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Posted by Matt

3:19 PM, Jan 29, 2008

When we first got Deion Branch I was pretty stoked even though we gave up a first round pick, knowing what I know now, there's no chance i'd have traded a first round pick for deion branch, the guy can't stay healthy and is overpaid for his production, he should restructure his contract because right now, he's a bust.

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