I love it when friends of mine in this competitive industry strike record deals for their clients. That’s why I smiled yesterday when I read that Sebastian Janikowski signed the largest deal in the history of the NFL for a player at his position (kicker). He has the opportunity to make $16 million on his new 4-year contract (with $9 million of that figure guaranteed). His agent, Paul Healy is pretty happy. Healy told me that it is a relief to get the deal done and to not have to go into free agency with a tag. The funny thing is that I remember Healy printing out the sheet of Franchise Tags the day they came out (at the 2010 UF Sports Law Symposium), and sharing the figures with everyone on the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement Panel. If Janikowski would have been tagged by the Raiders, he would have only received $2.8M for 2010.
Now the Oakland Raiders have the most expensive kicker and the most expensive punter (Shane Lechler – 4-years, $16 million).