Setting the market for Mario Williams

There’s a lot of chatter among Cowboys fans that Mario Williams could combine with DeMarcus Ware to give the Cowboys a devastating 1-2 pass rush combo.  With the Texans unlikely to retain him, Williams will be free to shop his talents to all 32 teams on the open market.  There are 10 pass rushers in the NFL making more than $10 million per year.  There are at least 14 making in excess of $5 million per season.  Many of them aren’t even very good.  Obviously, the NFL values pass rushers.  Below is a list of pass rusher contracts, via  Personally, I think that Williams’ agent, Ben Dogra, is going to zero in on the contract Charles Johnson signed last year with the Panthers as his benchmark, and try to push the idea that Williams is worth more.  But that’s just my opinion – Where do you see Mario Williams fitting in?

Player Team Age at signing Year signed Years Money Per year Season stats prior to contract
Julius Peppers Bears 30 2010 6 $84,000,000 $14,000,000 42 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 5 FF
DeMarcus Ware Cowboys 27 2009 6 $79,000,000 $13,000,000 Ware signed this deal during the 2009 season, when he had 24 tackles an 4 sacks after 6 games. The previous season, he had a monster season – 84 tackles, 20 sacks, 6 FF.
Charles Johnson Panthers 25 2011 6 $76,000,000 $12,666,667 62 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 1 FF
Jared Allen Vikings 26 2008 6 $73,260,000 $12,210,000 64 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 3 FF
Dwight Freeney Colts 26 2007 6 $72,000,000 $12,000,000 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 4 FF
Tamba Hali Chiefs 27 2011 5 $60,000,000 $12,000,000 51 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 4 FF
Terrell Suggs Ravens 26 2009 6 $62,500,000 $10,416,667 68 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 FF
Elvis Dumervil Broncos 26 2010 6 $61,500,000 $10,250,000 49 tackles, 17 sacks, 4 FF
LaMarr Woodley Steelers 26 2011 6 $61,500,000 $10,250,000 50 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 FF
Will Smith Saints 26 2008 6 $61,400,000 $10,233,333 66 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 FF

More pass rushers after the jump…

Player Team Age at signing Year signed Years Money Per year Season stats prior to contract
Kamerion Wimbley Raiders 27 2011 5 $48,000,000 $9,600,000 58 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 FF
James Harrison Steelers 30 2009 6 $51,750,000 $8,625,000 101 tackles, 16 sacks, 7 FF
John Abraham Falcons 27 2006 6 $45,000,000 $7,500,000 58 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 6 FF
Chris Kelsay Bills 29 2010 4 $28,200,000 $7,050,000 Kelsay signed a 4-year extension very early during the 2010 season. In 2009, he had 62 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 FF.
Kyle Vanden Bosch Lions 31 2010 4 $26,000,000 $6,500,000 44 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FF
Ray Edwards Falcons 26 2011 5 $30,000,000 $6,000,000 37 tackles, 8 sacks, 0 FF
Robert Mathis Colts 26 2007 5 $30,000,000 $6,000,000 65 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 4 FF
Aaron Kampman Jaguars 30 2010 4 $24,000,000 $6,000,000 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF (9 games)
Justin Tuck Giants 26 2009 5 $30,000,000 $6,000,000 67 tackles, 12 sacks, 3 FF
Osi Umenyiora Giants 24 2006 7 $41,380,000 $5,911,429 70 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 4 FF
Joey Porter Cardinals 33 2010 3 $17,500,000 $5,833,333 41 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 FF
Jason Babin Eagles 31 2011 5 $28,000,000 $5,600,000 58 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 2 FF
Trent Cole Eagles 24 2006 5 $26,000,000 $5,200,000 Cole signed a 5-year extension to original rokkie contract 8 games into the 2006 season, when he had 39 tackles and 6.5 sacks. The previous year he had 46 tackles, 5 sacks, and 1 FF.
Shaun Phillips Chargers 26 2007 6 $31,000,000 $5,166,667 65 tackls, 11.5 sacks, 4 FF


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  8. norman says:

    Do those fake advertisement comments ever do anything? lol

    And god, all I got from this article was how well good “home grown” pass rushing can be cheap, too. Let’s be honest, Babinbacks deal was a hometown deal due to Washburn.

  9. RogerPodacter says:

    to help complete your charts (and give stupid people like me an easier way of looking at this), could you also post the similar stats for Mario Williams – age / stats the season before the contract. Obviously he doesnt have a contract yet so you dont know those numbers…

  10. bula says:

    isn’t cole’s contract about up? he should be due a raise

    1. Anders says:

      Cole is a FA after the 2013 season. So the Eagles still have him for two more years, which means the Eagles starting 4 on the Dline is here for at least 2 more years.

  11. Steve says:

    I’m shocked Tuck hasn’t made noise about a new contract. Imo he’s better than Osi and they’re both making the same.

    Also, Will Smith for over 10 million a year? What a waste.

    1. Yeah, a bunch of those guys are making too much: Wimbley, Edward, Kelsay, etc. Cole has an argument that he’s underpaid, too.

      1. Immynimmy says:

        Didn’t Sheldon tell him to talk to the FO about that when Sheldon was having contract issues?

        1. Yep, him and Patterson. Both guys said they were happy with there deals, shutting up Sheldon.

  12. Anders says:

    I would say he is worth around 12 mill per year based on what other players are getting.
    On another note, Justin Tuck and Trent Cole are really underpaid. Hell Eagles got 30 sacks for less then Dwight Freeneys cap this year

    1. Yup, while doing the research for this I almost changed the story to the Eagles’ and Giants’ bang for the buck at DE, but that would have required me to do a ton of extra research on the guys still on their rookie contracts, so I stuck with the first idea.

      1. Anders says:

        I think rookie contracts should not be included in such comparinson

      2. Free Plax says:

        In the Giants and Eagles defense both teams signed Tuck, Osi and Cole to long term contracts before the rookie year contracts were up, as with most contracts most of the money was paid to these guys upfront, so now that we are looking at the last few years of the deal they look way underpaid.

  13. KD says:

    It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up magazine…

    I would be shocked if Dallas ate up 60% of their cap on Williams, but stranger things have happened.

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