While a few Huskies were working out for scouts at the Dempsey Indoor today hoping to get to the NFL, Dashon Goldson was getting his ultimate payoff in the form of a five-year, $41.25 million deal with Tampa Bay.
He joins a defense that already includes ex-Huskies linebacker Mason Foster and defensive lineman Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. All will make something of a homecoming at some point this season as the Seahawks will host Tampa Bay (dates of NFL games have not yet been set).
Goldson’s contract — and the fact that salaries have escalated greatly in the past decade or so, a time in which the number of high-profile ex-Huskies in the league has decreased — got me to wondering if any UW alum has ever signed a bigger deal. (And as an aside, showing how much salaries have changed, UW grad Warren Moon can lay claim to having been the highest-paid player in the NFL on at least two different occasions — 1985 when he signed his initial deal with the Oilers for five years at $1.1 per season, and 1989 when he signed a five-year deal for $2 million per year.)
What I think is the biggest contract ever signed by a former Husky is by quarterback Mark Brunell in 2004 when he signed a seven-year, $43 million deal with the Redskins. As for a couple of others who signed pretty big deals in the last decade or so: Olin Kreutz signed a six-year. $23 million contract with the Bears in 2002, Steve Emtman signed a deal for a total of $9.2 million when he was taken first overall by the Colts in 1992, and Jake Locker a four-year, $12.6 million deal with the Titans in 2011. I actually can’t find details of all of the contract Reggie Williams signed with the Jaguars when he was a first-round pick in 2004 other than that it included a bonus of $8.9 million on a five-year deal. But I don’t think the total rivaled that of Goldson’s or Brunell’s.
It’s always worth remembering that, unlike contracts in baseball or the NBA, NFL deals are not guaranteed. Regardless, Goldson made a lot of money today.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s my story on the UW tight end situation for the Thursday paper.
— And my story from Pro Day.
— NFL.com’s Gil Brandt said Desmond Trufant has solidified his first-round standing.
— Mel Kiper Jr., now has Trufant no. 2 among all cornerbacks.
— The ESPN Pac-12 blog also offers an update conference recruiting for 2014.