Vincent Jackson got 5 years, $55 million, with a $26 million dollar signing bonus.
Pierre Garcon got 5 years, $42.5 million, with a $21.5 million dollar signing bonus.
The Skins overpaid, badly. But that's sort of what Snyder does I suppose...
Well, Snyder does not negotiate contracts, that is Bruce Allen's job now...Danny just signs the checks.
Hard to say what the market value would be for Garcon, or what he will ultimately bring to the table, so I think it's a bit early to say he was overpaid BADLY. These contracts seem to balloon every year, so you can't really base it on any previous benchmarks. I agree it sounds like a lot for a guy that is not a legit #1 WR, but who knows what other teams were interested or what he could have commanded elsewhere.
At least there has been a significant change the past few years with Shanahan and Allen focusing their free agent efforts on younger, less "big name" guys who still have plenty of upside. Garcon is 26 and comes without any of the off-field baggage Jackson does, so I'm sure that factored in as well. Ditto Josh Morgan.
Apparently Royal has not officially signed yet, so we'll see what happens there.
I do think Jackson has some mad talent and was a very good pick-up for the Bucs. No doubt Josh Freeman is happy today.