Biggs: Stacking up the biggest safety deals

Ultimately, the most important thing to realize is that Antrel Rolle pulled down a huge contract when he signed with the New York Giants shortly after free agency opened.

A free safety with good range, good ball skills and questionable tackling technique cashed in, taking advantage of the open market and a watered-down crop of free agents. Paired with Kenny Phillips, the Giants have dramatically upgraded their secondary, one of the problem areas for the team last season.

But the biggest deal in NFL history for a safety? No. A very good deal? You bet. The best contract for a safety in the first three years of the contract, a figure agents look at closely? Sure. The biggest and best? It fell short.

From an average-per-year standpoint, Rolle’s deal stands fourth. Let’s look:

Adrian Wilson, Arizona, $7.9375 million
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh, $7.5475 million
Bob Sanders, Indianapolis, $7.54 million
Antrel Rolle, N.Y. Giants, $7.4 million
Kerry Rhodes, Arizona, $6.6 million

Sanders’ deal is most impressive because it was negotiated in 2007. Deals ought to move up each year. Wilson received $32 million in new money on a four-year extension 11 months ago. Polamalu got a $30.19 million, four-year extension, also in 2007.

Here is how the guaranteed money stacks up for the five:

Bob Sanders $20 million
Kerry Rhodes $20 million
Adrian Wilson $15.5 million
Antrel Rolle $15 million
Troy Polamalu $11.575 million

And here is how they rank over the first three years:

Antrel Rolle $22.5 million
Adrian Wilson $22 million
Bob Sanders $21.93 million
Kerry Rhodes $20.502 million
Troy Polamalu $20.5 million

Good money where you can get it.

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