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    Financial impact of LBs after week 3

    In the offseason we talked a lot about several free agent LBs on the market. Here's a contract post I made several months ago....
    Here's an updated look at the Rams LB acquisitions and initial targets contracts

    Hartwell --- (Falcons) --- 6 years, $26.24 million ($8 mil bonus) --- $4.373 mil avg.
    Bell --- (Chiefs) --- 7 years, $35 million ($11 mil bonus) --- $5 mil avg.
    Pierce (Giants) --- 6 years, $26 million ($6.5 mil bonus) --- $4.3 mil avg.
    Coakley (Rams) --- 5 years, $14.5 million ($3.0 mil bonus) --- $2.9 mil avg.
    Claiborne (Rams) --- 3 years, $10.5 million (3.6 mil bonus) --- $3.5 mil avg.

    And of course, the real kicker...
    Guaranteed money

    Hartwell - $4.373 mil per year
    Bell - $1.57 mil per year
    Claiborne - $1.2 mil per year
    Pierce - $1.08 mil per year
    Coakley - $.6 mil per year
    And now here's the current stats to go with the salary information.

    Hartwell - 17 tackles, 11 solo
    Bell - 3 tackles, 3 solo
    Pierce - 23 tackles, 19 solo
    Claiborne - 12 tackles, 11 solo
    Coakley - 14 tackles, 10 solo

    That's good performance for a low budget deal on a "has-been" and a "never-was".

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    Re: Financial impact of LBs after week 3

    And here's another note. Each of the above mentioned LBs were brought in to be the centerpiece of their respective teams' LB corp. Currently, Hartwell ranks 3rd in tackles among Atlanta LBs, Bell ranks 3rd in tackles among KC LBs, Pierce leads Giants LBs, and Claiborne and Coakley are 1st and 2nd for the Rams LB corp.

    That's pretty good value, if you ask me.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Financial impact of LBs after week 3

    Here's a couple more to add for comparison:

    Lofa Tatupu:
    5 years $7 million 14 tackles (9 solo) 1 sack

    Jamie Sharper:
    5 years $17 million 18 tackles (13 solo) 1 forced fumble

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    Re: Financial impact of LBs after week 3

    In the cap era, which most fans dont understand, its all about balance and using your dollars carefully. Everyone wants their team to sign dick butkus, but where is the cash going to come from? The point here is that our front office did a good job getting what we "needed" without breaking the bank to do it.

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    Re: Financial impact of LBs after week 3

    Good post Hub. It's good to see that the FO acquisitions have paid good dividends thus far.

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    Re: Financial impact of LBs after week 3

    This is good information. Our Linebackers are doing better for the Rams at a cheaper price in my opinion
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    Re: Financial impact of LBs after week 3

    Excellent post HUb. I'm certainly happy with our LB situation, all things considered.

    Hartwell third in tackles for Atlanta? That is one scary thought.

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