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#1 Posted by linchao 1 year 1 month ago
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Margus Hunt has been a key contributor for the Colts defense over the past two seasons. Hunt has been good against the run and has 5 sacks in 2018. The 31 year-old is up for a new contract following the season Youth Matt Slauson Jersey , so how much would his services cost when he hits free agency?Current ContractHunt signed a 2 year, $4,100,000 contract in the 2017 offseason. A part of his contract was a $500k bonus he could earn in 2018.His Play Under That ContractHunt had 1.5 sacks in 4 seasons with the Bengals. He’s had 6 with the Colts over the past two. He’s been a key contributor on both sides of the ball and is considered to be an “Above Average” player according to Pro Football Focus. As of Week 15, he’s played in 629 defensive snaps, which means he’s on the field for the Colts defense 67.3% of the time. He has also been on 125 special teams snaps, which is good for 32.6% of the time. His usage on defense is higher than any other defensive lineman, with the exception of Jabaal Sheard. The Market / Similar PlayersSince Margus Hunt is a 4-3 defensive end, we should compare him to other 4-3 defensive ends. Hunt is going to be entering his third contract and he will be 32 years-old entering next season. The following players were in similar positions as Hunt when they signed their most recent contract:Chris Long — Philadelphia EaglesWilliam Hayes — Miami DolphinsAdrian Clayborn — Tampa Bay BuccaneersLong signed his contract at the same age as Hunt. Hayes signed his contract at 32 years old (33 when the season started) and Clayborn signed his at 29 years old (30 when the season started). All play Hunt’s position.Chris Long2 year, $4,500,000 with $3,000,000 (66%) Guaranteed | $2,250,000 Average Per YearLong’s best years were clearly behind him, whereas Hunt might be peaking right now, but Long was a productive high snap percentage player and his versatility as a pass rusher and run stopper make him a good comparison. William Hayes1 year http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-andrew-luck-jersey , $4,050,000 with $4,000,000 (99%) Guaranteed | Fully Guaranteed ContractHayes was playing at a high level in St Louis/Los Angeles and his first year in Miami was marred with some injuries. While Hayes definitely got more than he deserved, it shows that mid-tier 4-3 defensive ends like Hayes (and like Hunt) will make at least a few million per year. This definitely isn’t a perfect comparison, but it’s an important contract for agents to use when vouching for your mid-tier veteran pass rusher.Adrian Clayborn2 year, $10,000,000 with $5,500,000 (55%) Guaranteed | $5,000,000 Average Per YearClayborn was coming off the best year of his career when he signed his contract (like Hunt) and while his best skill is as a pass rusher, he improved a lot as a run stopper in Atlanta, playing a high percentage of snaps. Clayborn’s contract is the best comparison of the three depicted. The only difference with this contract was that Clayborn signed it a couple years younger than Hunt, which makes a difference. Average of the 3 Contracts2 Year, $7 Jack Doyle Jersey ,500,000 with $5,250,000 (70%) Guaranteed | $3,750,000 Average Per YearContract ProjectionI expect Margus Hunt to receive a 2 year deal with a decent portion guaranteed. If we take into account the average of the comparable players, the signing style of Chris Ballard and the increase in the salary cap, I expect Margus Hunt’s contract to look like this:2 Years, $8,200,000 with $2,850,000 Guaranteed35% of the Contract is Guaranteed$4,100,000 Average Per YearThis contract is very similar to what other players have been demanding in free agency. The 35% guaranteed number is consistent with what Ballard offers to his players; he tends to reduce the amount of money guaranteed and makes it up in bonuses and higher base salaries. This contract also takes into account the projected 7-8% increase in the salary cap. The 70th annual Senior Bowl has concluded and Daniel Jones has taken home the game’s MVP award (which is quite laughable but we’ll just skip over that). It was a fun week in Mobile and the best way to cap it all off would be with a Senior Bowl only mock draft for the Colts.This list is only including Senior Bowl players so if your favorite player was left out, odds are that was the reason why. Round 1: Charles Omenihu, DE, TexasA standout at Texas Authentic Adam Vinatieri Jersey , Omenihu was one of the bigger names heading into Mobile this year. He tallied 16.5 sacks in his college career and was an impact player as a sub rusher in college. After measuring in at 6’6” 275 pounds in Mobile and putting together a dominant week, Omenihu all but sealed his first round status. For the Colts, he could be the chess piece they desire up front as he can slide in as either a defensive tackle or defensive end. His length and strength would add a ton to the Colts’ pass rush and he could be the difference maker the team desperately needs.Round 2 (From the Jets): Deebo Samuel, WR, South CarolinaSamuel was the clear cut best receiver entering the Senior Bowl and he emerged as a potential first rounder due to a strong week. A very productive player for South Carolina, Samuel caught 148 passes for 2,076 yards and 16 touchdowns in his collegiate career. He then put together a dominant week of practice due to his strong route running and explosive play style. For the Colts, Samuel could be the answer across from TY Hilton and could also slide into the slot in certain packages. He can catch everything and has a knack for getting open. Round 2: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western IllinoisA bit surprising here but Saunders showed a ton in Mobile. The “Aaron Donald of FCS” was incredible in his career, as he tallied 15 sacks as an interior defensive lineman for Western Illinois. He came into the Senior Bowl as a bit of an unknown but was able to dominate the one on ones with his pure strength and athleticism. He even notched a few pressures and a sack in the game on Saturday. For the Colts, Saunders would be a perfect athletic fit in the Colts’ scheme and be a pure gap shooting threat. He would offer a major boost to the pass rush while also being a solid run defender.Round 3: Will Harris, SAF, Boston CollegeAnother big winner of Senior Bowl week was Boston College safety Will Harris. With how the NFL uses their safeties nowadays, it is vital for a prospect to show their versatility to play multiple positions across the defensive backfield. Harris showed exactly that on his tape and in Mobile. Coming from an underrated DBU school in Boston College, Harris put together a solid career tallying 225 tackles, 5 interceptions, 7 pass deflections Youth T.Y. Hilton Jersey , and 1 sack in four years. For the Colts, he could be the immediate help the need at deep safety to pair with Malik Hooker. This would also open up more room for Clayton Geathers to play more of a box safety/ $backer role on defense. Round 4: Dennis Daley, OT, South CarolinaThe Colts’ offensive line is nearly set but they need to start planning for Anthony Castonzo’s decline. They would be wise to add South Carolina star tackle Dennis Daley. Measuring in at 6’5” 305 pounds, Daley has the athleticism and reach you look for in an NFL starting tackle. He is also a big strong player who uses his length to dominate edge players at the point of attack. He still needs some work in terms of his hand placement and anchor but sitting behind a player like Castonzo could help him learn. Round 4 (Compensatory pick): Dax Raymond, TE, Utah StateAnother tight end? Yup, that’s right, the Colts could be in the market for another tight end this draft. The 6’5” 250 pound Dax Raymond wasn’t the most productive player in college— only caught 72 passes for 873 yards and 3 touchdowns in three seasons— but he fits exactly what Reach and Ballard want in their players. A three down player for Utah State, Raymond did everything asked of him. He excelled as an in-line blocker, an outside blocker, a slot receiver, and as a natural tight end. His athleticism and motor make him a valuable prospect as a “move” tight end in today’s NFL. With Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle set to hit free agency at the end of 2020, Raymond could be a nice athletic tight end to groom behind the starters.Round 5: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James MadisonMoreland came into this draft season as a bit of an afterthought but after a strong Shrine game and Senior Bowl, he is rising up draft boards. His college career started off a bit rocky as he was dismissed from the JMU team for rules violations his freshman year. He proceeded to turn his life around, rejoin JMU http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-kelly-jersey , and turn in an impressive 15 interception career. For the Colts, he could be a tenacious 4th corner on a team that desperately needs depth. His speed and athletic ability would also be useful on special teams as he develops behind the starters. I love Moreland’s fit with this already aggressive defense.Round 6: Demarcus Christmas, DL, Florida StateAnother defensive lineman? You bet. With Margus Hunt and Al Woods potentially departing in free agency, the Colts need a lot of youth up front. We already added the athletic Khalen Saunders and now we add another impressive player in Demarcus Christmas. A bit overshadowed at Florida State, Christmas only tallied 11.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in his college career. At the Senior Bowl though, he proved that he
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