In the early hours of free agency the Seattle Seahawks learned that speedy wide receiver Paul Richardson would be signing a very lucrative five year, $40M contract with the Washington Redskins. The Seahawks responded by agreeing to terms on a contract with former Arizona Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown on a two year contract. The terms of the deal have finally worked their way out, so here they are.
Wide receiver Jaron Brown’s deal with the Seahawks is for two years and carries a base value of $5.5 million, according to a source. The total guarantee is $2.75 million, which is a $1.95 million signing bonus and a 2018 base salary of $800,000. Brown’s… https://t.co/lA9mY0qyxT
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To lay everything out in a more clean fashion, here that mess of information broken out into table form.
In addition, it appears that since the full guarantee of the contract is $2.75M, that the 2018 base salary is fully guaranteed. So, if Brown does not work out as planned in Seattle, the team would be able to move on nest offseason with just $975,000 in dead money. However, if Pete Carroll is still around that may be unlikely because of one simple reason: we all know how much Pete loves his special teamers, and Brown has played extensively on special teams during his career.
Specifically when it comes to special teams, Brown has played over 1,000 snaps on special teams during his five years in the NFL. Between both his size and athleticism, he compares very similarly to a standout special teamer who previously played for Seattle, Ricardo Lockette. Here is a side by side comparison of the athleticism of these two.
That said, Brown appears to be a much more utilized receiving threat than Lockette ever was, and that is seen some in his stats. Not that his stats are anything to get overly excited about, as he only crossed the 1,000 yard threshold for his career this past season in his fifth year in the league. With that in mind, it appears he was the primary recipient of the snaps that had been going to Michael Floyd before Arizona released Floyd following his DUI arrest.
So, it appears Brown likely that the signing of Brown was not only about trying to replace Prich and his speed on the outside, it seems as though a big piece of the addition may have also been in order to address special teams. Whether that is because team released Jeremy Lane or if it is because the front office is considering moving on from special teamers like Neiko Thorpe and Tanner McEvoy, we obviously have no idea. However, what we do know is that the team has added yet another wide receiver with blazing fast straight line speed.
We will have to wait until September to see how well Brian Schottenheimer is able to make use of the speed he is being given, but if nothing else it appears as though John Schneider may be in the market to assemble the fastest corps of receivers in the league.