Robert Quinn Contract Breakdown: Six Years, $65.5 million, $41.2 mill guaranteed — Not Bad
Robert Quinn is the highest paid defender in St. Louis Rams history -- but so what. Every new mega-deal seams to set a higher bar. And it should. As inflation rises, so too should NFL salaries. It's natural they're only getting higher. Quinn's contract extension is for six years and pays $65.5 million. On average, he'll make $14.2 million a year, which is less than Watt's $16.6 million.
But he's reportedly guaranteed $41.2 million. That's unreal for Quinn.
One caveat: the yearly breakdown and bonuses have yet to be reported. As shown by Andy Dalton (who would have to win the Super Bowl every year to get paid in full) and Colin Kaepernick (who would have to be healthy every game to get paid in full), the big figures can be deceiving. J.J. Watt's yearly salaries weren't absurdly backloaded, and there's no reason to think that this contract won't be similar. Still, expect some backloading in the last two or three years of the deal.
But almost two thirds guaranteed is ridiculous, assuming the figure is correct. Watt's contract guarantees only 30 percent until 2015, then it becomes roughly 50 percent. Kaepernick's was guaranteed roughly 48 percent of his $126 million. Dalton is only guaranteed $25 million of his $115 million deal.
The Rams are running a bigger risk by guaranteeing Quinn so much money. It's a risk worth taking. He has shown that he has the potential to be the NFL's best pass rusher, recording 19.0 sacks in 2013 and 10.5 in 2012. The only way this contract doesn't benefit the Rams is if Quinn suddenly becomes injury prone or lacks effort. Quinn has missed only one game in his four-year career. And the guy has always been a try-hard.
The Rams -- and Quinn -- should be feeling pretty good about themselves.
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