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NFL Free Agency: Players on five year deals last 2.9 on average

The Big Lead has a fascinating report out today that analyzes the results of free agent deals from the years 2005 to 2010. It points out the obvious that we’ve also pointed out here all-too-frequently that the years and numbers on NFL contracts are pumped up and almost false with the way the final years are structured.

Anyway, the whole report is well worth a read, but the thing that stuck out to me was that players who signed 5-year deals only last 2.9 years on those deals by average. So, keep that in mind with the Browns’ signees Desmond Bryant and Paul Kruger this year. If the Browns did their homework and the two stay healthy, they should last longer than 2.9 years with the team. If not, well, they’ll be in good company.

And for those who are concerned about Joe Thomas and his eight year extension, pay no mind. These stats were for free agents, not player extensions with existing teams.

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