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Coleman Shelton - remember him? 2 yrs 4.75 Million ...
Proof that you don't have to be great at one particular position as long as you are reliable and decent or positionally versatile and injury-resistant.
Sets him up for 2 more years. Dude has already made 5 million in the NFL.
What's the point of entry for gaining an NFL pension? https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/los-angeles-rams/coleman-shelton-25548/#https://ramblinfan.com/posts/la-rams-coleman-shelton-doubles-down-on-himself-in-new-contract-01gvr4p867s2When the LA Rams agreed to sign IOL Coleman Shelton to a two-year contract in 2022, there was not a lot of press attention given to the fact that the second year of the contract, the 2023 NFL season, was a voidable option year for the young man who finally had endured and appeared in line to get a starting role on the offensive line. But the Rams minimized the risk taken by re-signing Shelton, bringing him back on a two-year deal for $3.25 million.
But Shelton bet on himself, a very wise choice in hindsight. Of the three Rams offensive linemen signed in 2022: Joe Noteboom, Brian Allen, and Coleman Shelton, Shelton was clearly the best investment. So when 2023 arrived, and Shelton had outplayed his contract, he opted out of his second year. And so, the LA Rams wisely went back to the bargaining table, and in the process, Shelton more than doubled his salary:
But let's not go overboard, this is still an incredibly team friendly contract, and it bodes very well for a cap-strapped Rams payroll. In short, Shelton is back on what amounts to a $2.375 million APY contract, a huge bargain for a backup, let alone a starter. Best of all, Shelton can slide into and start in three positions on the Rams offensive line.
So, if he continues his reliability and progress he could get a much bigger, relatively, payday the next FA contract.
and Taylor Rapp is potentially signing a FA contract with New England ... perhaps up to ~ 10 Million/yr as reported. But I would probably guess ~ 7.5 - 8.5 million maybe.
Without doing a deep dive, I think his plus traits like very secure tackling depends on the system. Lots of tackles can mean that you're just late to the party and have to make a tackle instead of a pass breakup. If you play in a mediocre defensive system and more often than not you have to make game saving tackles then that's kinda good. If you play more like a box safety then tackles is good. So it depends.
But whatever the reasons, it seems Rapp is currently rated to be a ~ 10 million a year safety and with negatives measured in I can see a team desperate in need of tackles and a safety play to pay him around ~ 8 million perhaps. We'll see.
He started 47 games for us, including every game for the Peach and Fiesta Bowl seasons.
Prime Adams, McGary, Shelton, Dissly, Sample, Harris just mauling the fuck out of people with Gaskin trailing.
All getting paid in the NFL minus the best of the group due to injury.
Edit to say I forgot about Eldrenkamp, who gotta a couple years of coffee on practice squads. Great OL.