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The NFL All-Bargain Team - Grantland

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Using the average annual values of their deals, those 22 players will combine to make just more than $26 million in 2013, which is $4 million less than the $30 million Joe Flacco cleared this year (including his base salary and signing bonus). Of those players, 13 of them — more than half — will become unrestricted free agents after this season, and I suspect they will combine to make much more than $26 million in 2014. In the NFL, bargains aren't bargains for long.

Why DO they make the young players take such low salaries?

It creates a survivor bias. 

Btw I agree with the article that Danny Woodhead is amazing. 

new contracts for rookies is to save teams from high draft picks that fail. #trentRichardson 

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