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
DeMarco Murray is the toast of the NFL, but injury and team issues clouded some observers' view of his talent. Texas RB Malcolm Brown might have the same problem this winter.