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Breaking News: Daryn Colledge Agrees to Terms with Arizona Cardinals

Kevin Kolb wasn’t the only expensive player on the Arizona Cardinals free agent list apparently.  According to Jason Wilde of ESPN Madison, Daryn Colledge has agreed to a 5 year contract worth up to $27.5 million; that deal contains just under $10 million in guaranteed money and could net Colledge over $12 million over the first two years of the contract.

So it looks like Colledge’s agent was telling the truth all along, I can’t believe that Colledge is worth $6 million a year on average, not to mention the $10 million guaranteed.  Another thing that becomes obviously apparent is that there was no way that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson was really in the running.  Just as a point of comparison, Nick Collins, a pro-bowler who is considered one of the best safeties in the league signed a 4 year, $23.4 million dollar contract at the beginning of the season last year.

So what do the Packers do now?  Laugh a little probably.  TJ Lang, Nick McDonald, Marshall Newhouse and Caleb Schaluderaff become the natural candidates to replace Colledge, with Lang as the clear front runner based on his experience and being the back-up left guard on the depth chart.  Ironically, Colledge was probably the weakest link on the offensive line, even with Bryan Bulaga starting as a rookie in a position he’s never played before.  While fans seem split as to whether Mason Crosby is really worth $14.75 million, I think there will be a general consensus that Colledge is definitely not worth $27.5 million

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Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.

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9 Responses to “Breaking News: Daryn Colledge Agrees to Terms with Arizona Cardinals”

  1. Makarschuk says:

    It is unreal. He was just serviceable. When we played him at LT, he was pathetic.

    Makarschuk

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  2. Ed Schoenfeld says:

    This is a prime example why spending for Free Agents in the ‘competitive’ (i.e. overbidding) phase of the market is a fundamentally unsound way to build a team.

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    • Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes says:

      The saying goes that players are free agents are a free agents for a reason, usually it means their old teams, who should know the best decided against paying them.

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  3. Ron LC says:

    You don’t pay $5.5m a year for a below avaerage Lineman.

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  4. mike says:

    Born and raised in Wisconsin. Now living in Arizona. It fits the Cardinals to a tee… Overpaid 3 million per year for an average lineman at best. What ever the Cardinal’s organization does, you do the opposite. Go Pack Go

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  5. Mojo says:

    Ted sticks to his value chart and lets the players do the dirty work for him.

    I heard Korey Hall is gone too. Is that true?

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  6. Jordan says:

    Why is there no mention in your article that the Arizona Cardinals were 40 million dollars under the cap and were forced to over spend to be in compliance with the new CBA’s minimum cap floor for 2011?

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    • Chad Toporski Chad Toporski says:

      I don’t know about my colleagues, but I don’t follow the cap numbers or team details of the “other 31″ very closely. The Packers take up a lot of our time as it is.

      Thanks for the note, though. That certainly helps to explain the good deal that Colledge got.

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    • Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes says:

      There’s a difference between spending to the new cap floor and overpaying a player, this is definitely one of them. Plus that $40 million cap space probably took a huge hit after they signed Kevin Kolb.

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