Show me the money
Players who had to forego pay increases as their contract talks stalled in 2020 and in 2021 were waiting their day to reclaim the same economic restoration as their teams. And brother, when the NFL salary cap rose in 2022, the players saw that they had the opportunity to enjoy a similar elevation for their services. And so now, they want to be paid.
Well, some do. Some have found their ship has already come in. One player, former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk, got paid handsomely, in a deal that shook the very foundation of the NFL salary structure in one thunderous boom.
And so, a good but not great player reset the market for NFL Wide receivers. In 2021, Kirk was the 27th-ranked NFL wide receiver in terms of yards gained, his career-best. He was the 47th player chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft. But now, thanks to a surprisingly lucrative contract, he has become the pace car for a wave of NFL wide receivers who are all eager to cash in on the new market value of wide receivers.
A rising tide lifts all boats
Who wants to share in that market inflation? Some of the best young receivers in the NFL, that’s who. And many will sit out until their teams redo their contracts.
And that is not where this ends. You see, that higher price for receivers not only has an impact on the entire wide receiver value but has an impact on what the market value is for LA Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, a player who just set the bar for the NFL receivers in 2021
So now, as the Rams approach renegotiating the contracts of both All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, they are also back to the bargaining table to rework All-Pro wide receiver, Cooper Kupp. And this contract will likely dwarf that of Christian Kirk’s shocking deal.