There has been a lot of talk about how much Denver should spend to resign Beadles. A few fans think they should replace him with a "grader" or a "mauler" or a bionic big man developed by the CIA.
Some have pointed to PFF grades which rank Beadles as the 51st guard in the NFL, so if PFF is correct, he's not worth much.
I've made the case a few times that PFF is poor at evaluating OLineman.
I understand not liking a player and hoping he gets replaced for any reason, but then again not liking a player has nothing to do with his value or his stats. Beadles stats simply don't show him to be any less effective than any of Denver's other O line guys. I've posted the O Line stats several times so I won't do it again. In this post I only want to look at salaries.
The average NFL O lineman makes $1.2 million a year. NFL salaries can be confusing because they are multi-part salaries made up of base, bonuses, guarantees and incentives.
From a base salary only perspective the top paid guard in the league is
1. Carl Nicks at $7 mil per year
The 25th best paid guard on a base salary is
25. Kory Lichtensteiger $2.5 million a year
50. Jacques McClendon at $645,000 per year.
Now if PFF says Beadles ranks 51st among NFL guards, then his next contract base should be less than $645,000 a year.
Taking a look at total contract value changes things just a bit.
The number one spot goes to
1. Jahri Evans at $56 mil for 7 years or $8 mil a year
Carl Nicks moves down to number four.
4. Carl Nicks $47.5 mil for 5 years or $9.5 mil per year
so Nicks makes more per year than Jahri Evans, but Evans has a bigger contract.
Number 15 on the list is Denvers' Vasquez.
15 Vasquez at $23.5 mil for 4 years or $5.8 mil per year
At number 50 is
50. Josh LeRibeus with a contract value of $2.8 mil for 4 years or $700,000 a year.
Once again if PFF is right about Beadles' OL grade at No 51, then he should be making less than Josh LeRibeus on his next contract.
My best guess is Beadles will get a contract for 4 to 6 years valued at $18 to $28 mil depending on the years and the guarantees. At the low end that would put Beadles in the top 20 highest paid guards in the NFL, which is approximately where he belongs.
Let's say that his contract is in the range I've given. What does that say about PFF? Well, one person suggested the reason Beadles would get paid this much is because there are a lot of dumb people in the NFL. Yeah, that could be true because there are a lot of dumb people outside of the NFL so it is possible that one of them slipped into management.
Another reason could be that PFF is way off the mark when it comes to assessing an O line guy's value.