This is interesting. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell listed the 20 most bloated contracts in the NFL, and ranked 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s contract No. 1.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“The Harvard product is making $5.3 million per year at a position in which the second-largest multiyear deal averages $2.5 million per season. The $21 million he’s in line to take home over four years is nearly as large as the second-, third- and fourth-largest fullback extensions combined.
As was the case in Baltimore, Juszczyk’s season was only superficially a success. He made the Pro Bowl for the second season, which is a product of the league’s antiquated roster structure with its all-star game as opposed to excellent work. He contributed nothing as a runner, and while his receiving DVOA narrowly tipped to the positive side at 3.7 percent, whatever impact he had as a receiver was more than offset by the fact that Juszczyk fumbled twice on 38 touches. The 49ers also averaged more yards per carry (4.2) and ran for first downs more frequently (24 percent) when Juszczyk was off the field than they did when he was on it, as those runs produced 4.0 yards per carry and a first-down rate of 19.3 percent…
San Francisco also negotiated against themselves to make the Juszczyk signing. If they saw Juszczyk as a player who might be worth $5 million or more per season in their scheme, that should have been an opportunity for them to sign him at a bargain rate, given that no other fullback in the league comes close to his salary.
It’s not a huge mistake, but we saw the 49ers do the same thing again this offseason in giving halfback Jerick McKinnon $12 million for 2018 as part of a four-year, $30 million pact.”
What do you think of Barnwell’s comments? Agree or disagree?