Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
January 24, 2008 3:15 PM
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**|
|2006||Rec.||Yards||TDs||Base salary*||Salary-cap total**||Signing bonus**|
|2005||Rec.||Yards||TDs||Base salary*||Salary-cap total**||Signing bonus**|
|Jerome Pathon||Waived in training camp||$0||$102,200||$300,000|
|2004||Rec.||Yards||TDs||Base salary*||Salary-cap total**||Signing bonus**|
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.
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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