09 Sep 2006
The Vikings have signed LT Bryant McKinnie to a mega-deal: 7 years, $48.5 million, and over $18 million guaranteed. Performance bonuses could push the total over $50 million. This puts him in the financial elite for his position, and there's an interesting wrinkle based on the "poison pill" Minnesota used on guard Steve Hutchinson -- the Vikings' capmasters had to structure the deal so that McKinnie (or any Viking offensive lineman) could never earn more than Hutchinson on a per-year average basis, or Hutch's entire $49 million salary would become guaranteed. McKinnie was the only Minnesota lineman to start all 16 games last season, as the injury-depleted Vikings line finished 31st in Adjusted Line Yards and 26th (t) in Adjusted Sack Rate.
24 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 11:14am by Insancipitory
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?