Because agents have done a great job of fluffing up the contracts given to top draft picks there is now a current myth (See 2 posts in the past week) that Cassel will be cheaper to sign than a high draft pick. Fluffing up example - Matt Ryan's contract was reported to be a 6 year, $72 million with over $34 million in guarantees. That sounds like a great deal until one looks at the details. Here was actually guaranteed. His 2008 salary of $295,000. A 2008 roster bonus of $2,505,000. His 2009 salary of $3,500,000. His 2010 salary of $4,200,000. His 2011 salary of $4,900,000. His 2012 salary of $5,600,000. His 2013 salary of $6,300,000. That is a total of $27.3 million. That is all Ryan was scheduled to get. To get more Ryan has to reach the incentives/escalators in his contract. One can subtract a million from Ryan's potential take from this deal because he did not reach the one million incentive for the Falcons winning the Super Bow this year. What are the chances that Cassell will sign a long-term deal that pays him just $3 million in the 1st year??that is mostly incentive-laden??whose salaries are limited to a 25% increase??