Signing Long and Laurinitis
With the draft coming up I have gotten all wrapped up in the new players we might be bringing in. It's that time of year, my favorite time of year until the season starts. This morning, though, I realized that this happens to me every year. I get all excited about the draft, and then I read some article about the Eagles needing to get McCoy signed long-term, which makes me think about who we have going into a contract year. This year it happens to be our two best defenders, Chris Long and James Laurinitis.
There is no doubt we will do everything we can to keep Long. He has grown into an awesome passrusher. That being said, he will be deserving of a hefty payday. I doubt he gets Mario money, but I can easily see him getting a 6 year deal in the neighborhood of $80 million if he is allowed to hit the open market.
Laurinitis, on the other hand, will not command as much attention. He is probably more valuable to us than anyone else. He isn't an overwhelming athlete, and is pretty much a pure 4-3 ILB. I could see us giving him 5 years, $30 million-$35 million if we decide he is the future in the middle.
My question is this: Do we get these guys signed now, before this season starts? This offseason some big name players earned a lot more money because the teams waited to sign them late. As it is, Long almost certainly got a raise on his next contract due to what Williams got in Buffalo. Every time a blockbuster deal is done, it raises the bar for everyone else. Thoughts?