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His base salaries will increase during the deal, topping out at $14 million in 2014. He'll also get $1 million roster bonuses for each of his last three seasons, bringing the total amount of the reworked, nine-year deal to $118.75 million.
Sounds like his deal is backloaded with a large portion of the money coming in 2012-2014 which Palmer is unlikely to see. Brady has always had deals where his money is spread out evenly over the life of the contract. He definitely won't see the $15 million in 2014. So that already brings his contract down from 9 years, $13.2 million a year to 8 years, 8 years, $12.9 million a year. If he is cut after this or next season, how much does it bring down his contract? Palmer has likely played his last game with the Bengals unless he redoes his contract to bring down his salary quite a bit. He ultimately won't get anything close to what Brady got.
Looking at this deal on its face, it looks like it supports all the frugality comments about Brown. In 2005, Palmer was the hottest QB other than Manning and Brady. Yet, he got a really long term, backloaded deal that he would have to maintain his elite status to see a large chunk of the money. Brady got shorter term contracts where he got a lion share of his money up front and his base salary and bonuses didn't go up significantly year after year.
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Merchandise is a pooled revenue throughout the league. Brown receives money for Patriots, Cowboys, Steelers, etc. merchandise. What does he care if he sells Carson Palmer jerseys when he gets a piece of Tom Brady jerseys?
I have read that most owners hate Brown because he is always crying poor mouth, but no owner spends less on his team (he has a sweetheart deal with Cincy for his stadium) and benefits more from the pooled league revenues than he does.
Yes - owners like Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder are the ones who want to do away with this type of revenue sharing because they feel like owners like Brown aren't pulling their weight. I can see both sides.
But hey, if Bengals fans are going to keep buying those tickets...
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They are a pathetic organization!....how can u reward a coach who OBVIOUSLY does not know how to get it done and hasn't done jack ***** in his whole HC career. I guess the owners aren't concerned with winning. Unreal...give the guy a raise for being unproductive, lazy, and stupid!....no wonder our country and its workforce is in chaos!
Awful coach matched with awful owner = awful organization.
But I think it's worth noting a few things for Pats fans like me who weren't around during the darker days pre-Kraft/Parcells/BB.
Mike Brown has owned the team since 1991. During his 20-year tenure, the Bengals have only had a winning season 2 times, both in the past 8 years under Lewis.
The team has finished 8-8 4 times in the Mike Brown era, and 3 of those were under Lewis. In the 12 years before Lewis, they had not had a single winning season, finishing 8-8 only once. So by comparison, Lewis is the BB of Bengals football since Brown became owner.