Cleveland Browns:Harrison and RFAs Down to Wire, Crunching the Financial Numbers

June 14, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Cleveland Browns restricted free agents are playing with fire if they don't sign their tenders by June 15th. In all but one case, the tender amounts are raises of over a million dollars. It's obvious no other teams are willing to make significant offers for their services, so they should be grateful, sign their tenders, and come to camp.
On the 15th, the Browns can reduce the tender amounts to a 10 percent raise of each player's 2009 salary. Four of the five players—D'Qwell Jackson, Lawrence Vickers, Jerome Harrison, and Abe Elam—are all tendered the same amount of $1.759 million. Matt Roth is a fifth-year player and was tendered $1.809 million.
In Jackson's case, that comes out to a $64,000 raise from a 2010 salary of $704,000, or $12,350 a tackle, when he could have $1.759 million just by signing the tender. The difference between the two numbers is $1.055 million.
Jackson has been a solid NFL linebacker who led the NFL in tackles with 154 in 2008. Desp...

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