Every player ranked in the top ten at his position is making in excess of $14 million, with only Watkins and the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones making over $20 million. Amari Cooper is going to average $20 million in salary over the next five years and is important because he just signed his extension with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.
Of note to the Detroit Lions and Kenny Golladay, Cooper’s contract is for five years, $100 million dollars, with $60 million guaranteed and part of that was a $10 million dollar signing bonus which is being spread out over the five years. Cooper is 26 years old and is under contract until he is 30, although there is an out built into the contract after the 2021 season.
That brings us to reason number two, with the increases in receiver deals due to escalating salary caps, the sooner, the better in signing key players and making sure that they don’t leave or become discontented.
The Darius Slay saga, where vice president-general manager Bob Quinn dragged out his decision about whether or not to pay cornerback Darius Slay, ultimately ended with Slay being unhappy and wanting to leave Detroit. Perhaps that was Quinn’s intention all along but regardless, we don’t want to have to replace every player every four years.
The longer Quinn and the Detroit Lions wait to extend Kenny Golladay, the more he might think that he is the next man who won’t get paid for his hard work; meanwhile, salaries will continue to increase and the cost to re-sign him becomes more prohibitive and significantly more than what Cooper getting.
Learn from the Slay saga and lock up your best weapon who really has gelled with quarterback Matthew Stafford.