http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2006/08/05/no_reception_and_no_return/ The contract was rejected by Branch's agent, Jason Chayut, who said last month that one problem was the offer included too much money in the final years. Agents try to avoid deals with the majority of money in late years because NFL contracts aren't guaranteed. Another concern was making sure the deal held up over time. While the contract ranks highly among receivers at this time, it would surely dip as more receivers renegotiated contracts. Okay, too much money in the last years of the contract. That was one reason for rejecting the contract. The other reason? Apparrently not enough money in the last years of the contract, as other receivers get new contracts in upcoming years, their pays will be greater than Deion's, and his contract needs to take care of that. Conflicting reason? Anywya, the idea of making a contract today based on tomorrow's pay of other receivers is a bit much. No matter how high you make today's contracts, the next ones will be hight. You cannot make a contract so high that another player will not get a better one in a couple years. You want next year's pay scale? Play out this year, and get your contract done next year.