Green Bay Packers 2011 Salary Projection

By Rick

Green Bay Packer Salaries
Player                                                        Position    2010 Salary                 2011 Salary

 

Player Position 2010 Total Salary 2011 Salary
Greg Jennings WR $7,000,000 $7,000,000
Aaron Rodgers QB $6,000,000 $7,250,000
A.J. Hawk LB $4,124,000 $1,000,000
Nick Barnett LB $4,000,000 $5,500,000
Nick Collins S $3,349,500 $2,600,000
Cullen Jenkins DE $3,200,000 $0
Tramon Williams CB $3,168,000 $5,450,000
Ryan Grant RB $3,000,000 $3,500,000
Johnny Jolly DT $2,521,000 $0
Matt Wilhelm LB $2,500,000 $3,000,000
Brandon Chillar LB $2,350,000 $2,000,000
Scott Wells C $2,250,000 $2,750,000
Donald Lee TE $2,000,000 $2,200,000
Brady Poppinga LB $1,950,000 $2,050,000
Atari Bigby S $1,759,000 $0
Daryn Colledge OG $1,759,000 $0
Mark Tauscher OT $1,400,000 $4,100,000
Ryan Pickett DT $1,200,000 $2,700,000
John Kuhn RB $1,176,000 $0
Jason Spitz OG $1,176,000 $0
Jarrett Bush CB $1,100,000 $1,400,000
Donald Driver WR $1,000,000 $4,100,000
Chad Clifton OT $855,000 $5,750,000
Anthony Smith S $700,000 $0
Derrick Martin CB $650,000 $750,000
Charlie Peprah S $630,000 $950,000
Howard Green DT $620,000 $765,000
B.J. Raji DT $562,500 $955,000
Desmond Bishop LB $550,000 $1,000,000
Mason Crosby K $550,000 $0
Korey Hall RB $550,000 $0
Graham Harrell QB $550,000 $650,000
Brandon Jackson RB $550,000 $0
Brad Jones LB $550,000 $0
Quinn Johnson RB $502,275 $480,000
Diyral Briggs LB $480,000 $0
Jordy Nelson WR $475,000 $565,000
Josh Bell CB $470,000 $0
Jermichael Finley TE $470,000 $555,000
Matt Flynn QB $470,000 $555,000
Spencer Havner LB $470,000 $0
Pat Lee CB $470,000 $555,000
Josh Sitton OG $470,000 $555,000
Erik Walden LB $470,000 $555,000
Clay Matthews LB $395,000 $660,000
Brandon Underwood CB $395,000 $480,000
Jarius Wynn DE $395,000 $480,000
Bryan Bulaga OT $390,000 $405,000
Rob Francois LB $390,000 $405,000
Justin Harrell DT $390,000 $405,000
James Jones WR $390,000 $480,000
T.J. Lang OT $390,000 $480,000
Marshall Newhouse OG $390,000 $405,000
Brett Goode C $327,000 $560,500
Morgan Burnett S $320,000 $405,000
Josh Gordy CB $320,000 $405,000
Nick McDonald OT $320,000 $405,000
Michael Neal DT $320,000 $405,000
Andrew Quarless TE $320,000 $405,000
Sam Shields CB $320,000 $405,000
James Starks RB $320,000 $405,000
C.J. Wilson DE $320,000 $405,000
Frank Zombo LB $320,000 $405,000
Brett Swain WR $315,980 $0
Tom Crabtree TE $0 $0
Evan Dietrich-Smith OG $0 $0
Tim Masthay P $0 $0
Dimitri Nance RB $0 $0
Total $77,095,255 $79,545,500
Some players may not be listed $0 $0

With the help of Spotrac.com and a variety of news articles and research, I have come up with the base salaries for 2011 Packers. There is almost $30 million in signing and roster bonuses and there is about another $10 million in soft or likely to be earned money from what I can see. Added to the base pay I would say Green bay is hovering around $118 million in salary without resigning any Free Agents or drafted players.

Looking at this I say Matt Wilhelm and Mark Tauscher are gone. That saves the Packers around $7.1 million. Also Donald Driver probably needs to resign a cap friendly contract to reduce his cap number down from $4.1 million to the $1.5 to $2 million mark. Either that or they cut and resign him depending on the new CBA language like they did AJ Hawk.

I would also say that Sitton and Crosby are the most crucial of FA signings. For those saying to cut Justin Harrel, his contract is the same as Practice Squad players now. Let him try to make the team. He knows the schemes and knows the terminology he just needs to stay healthy.

Barnett has an interesting contract. His base pay is high but no more roster bonus or escalators are left in it. It is a $5.5 million decision concerning him. I say keep him. The money is a lot but we need trained depth and an off the street veteran FA late in the season like Wilhelm got $2.5 million for 2010 and $3 million for 2011 to sign. That is equal to the 2011 Barnett contract. I would much prefer a healthy ILB/ Nickel LB Burnett then Wilhelm wouldn’t you?

So that is the salary structure and I am sure some kind of salary cap will be enforced when a CBA gets signed. What do you see? What do you think?

 

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  • Dean Siminow

    Donald Lee was cut, you can take his $2.2 million off the books

    • Rick

      That is $2.2mil towards resigning Jenkins….

  • Larry

    Rick, it looks like hawk got an $8M signing bonus which needs to amortized over 5 years I guess

    • Rick

      You are correct a $6 AND $2.5 million but it is not part of his base pay

  • 4205

    I didn’t realize Clifton jumped so much for this year. You’re right – can’t keep both Tauscher and Clifton (and at those rates maybe not either – pending performance of 1st round pick!)

  • Chris K

    Nice article, D. Lee & D Martin are off the books. OMG, I never realized that Matt Wilhelm was SO expensive!!!
    It looks as if we are going to be saving some serious dough when we cut M. Tauscher, Matt Wilhelm, & B. Poppinga so next offseason/in-season extensions we can have a sufficient amount in order to re-sign G-JS, maybe TE-JF, WR-JN depending on contract, and it will be interesting to see if players such as Sam Shields and Clay Matthews with another great year immediately ask for a new contract as I suspect the Packers to try and satisfy….

    I agree with you on your take of WR-DD’s situation. Has to be reduced. As well as J. Harrell, he may finally come through healthy, who knows! The one thing I’ll be interested to see is if Barnett would actually be halfway interested in remaining as a backup…… I hope so as he still has some good left but how would he fare on ST’s?

    Its interesting to see the differense between our 2008 draft picks variance in pay from no. 9 Raji & Matthews(I think 26)…

    What do you think of that backup MLB position though as I didnt see you mention Chillar… I wouldnt mind it although I dont see the Pack hanging onto both.

    • Rick

      I agree on how expensive first rounders are, look at what Hawk (No 5 pick) was versus Raji/Matthews. He would have been $10mil in 2011 until they cut and resigned him.

      As to ILB ……Chilly should be a backup and I think Barnett as well and DJ Smith the rookie will be Practice Squad as a ILB/SS tweener.

  • Chris K

    I know that every offseason is crucialto future success but next offseason is gonna be huge!! The list of potential FA’s is Unbelievable and may be more depending on the CBA agreement… The list goes on and on and I can wait to see what kind of magic Ted pulls! Very good chance Donald reduces and Chad has his last year this year so that 5 mill and change is gone but it will def be interesting…….

  • iccyfan

    Before the 2011 Draft, TT & MM both made comments to the tune of, “this is the most important draft we’ve ever conducted.” To (us) casual fans that sounds ludicrous; we have a world championship team and fifteen guys on season-ending IR! IMO, that’s what separates Ted from the other GM’s; he is a chess player thinking how this move sets up his move four turns in the future. Is Ted worried he might not be able to resign Sitton and Finley after the 2011 season? I’m sure he hopes he can, but if not, Schlauderaff / Newhouse and D.J. Williams / Quarless will have the experience under their belts to step in. It’s really a beautiful thing to watch unfold.

    That’s why this lock-out is so unfortunate; we have this embarassing wealth of talent but Ted & Co. are losing out on the opportunity to evaluate the D.J. Smith’s (and undrafted FA’s) of the world. I saw a quote recently where Ted called D.J. Smith the most under-rated player in the draft, yet how do you cut loose Barnett and / or Chillar if you haven’t seen him play? If they don’t get things squared away soon, Ted is going to have some horrible decisions to make….

    • Chris K

      Yeah I agree with you, watching Ted Thompson work is really entertaining!! I know I got the majority of the list and the new CBA will also effect who is restricted/unrestricted but who else is scheduled to be unrestricted next year:
      G-JS
      C-SW
      TE-JF
      RB-RG
      Maybe WR-JN…
      QB-MF
      S/CB-JB
      CB-SS
      P-TM
      Thats 6 starters & 1 Nickel back who really plays 65% of the snaps anyways…
      I believe C-NM can replace SW, RB-RG is gone with our two young guys, S/CB-JB is replaceable, but what about losing the best Right Gaurd in the game(!) and Jordy at a position where we certainly need adequate depth and lastly CB-SS!! Charles may be in his last year or two…….
      Very interesting!!!

      • Rick

        Your making me nervous as that is a lot of change over in the team. Though I guess 6 starters and 9 other players on IR last year meant a lot of change over as well.

      • iccyfan

        A couple thoughts:

        1) Sam Shields and Tim Masthay will only be finishing their second seasons; why would they be FA’s at the end of next season?

        2) I look at this list as “manageable”, which is far better than what most teams have every year! The only “must-resign” guy on that list is Josh Sitton, and even there (OL) we’re building up some formidable depth. Obviously we don’t want to lose Finley but he’s a luxury and not a necessity; if Quarless makes the same second-year jump Finley did, and D.J. is developing behind them, we’re OK. I’d say the exact same thing about Jordy Nelson, though he strikes me as the kind of guy who would give a home-team discount to stay with the Pack.

        The rest of the list, at least in my mind, fits directly in the Darryn Colledge category, meaning they’re serviceable but eminently replaceable. Turnover is inevitable and probably desireable in order to keep the team hungry. That’s what I think is so great about what Ted has done – no gnashing of teeth necessary regarding free agency; the next-guy in is already on the team and learning!

        • Chris K

          Tim What I’m trying to say is Tim Masthay is an ascending punter and generally undrafted/street free agents sign two or three year deals so he very well may be in line for an extension after next year. Sam Shields has Drew Rosenhaus as an agent and will absolutely not play for next to nothing if he continues to play as he did last year or better… After 2011 he will want a new deal and we will need him too with Charles winding down.

          I view Sam and Josh Sitton as close as possible to must-sign guys after this season… I agree with you on Jermichael Finley/TE position though!

          I know we’re really looking ahead here after the 2011 season IF its played, but the WR position will be very interesting with Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, and who else??? Donald is winding down and who knows what will happen AFTER this upcoming season & I think we def need to re-sign Jordy as he is a good player continuing to improve and this offense needs 3 real good wideouts. Not exactly an easy offense to draft (wr) and plug a guy his first year.

          Ted Thompson is really unbelievable at keeping the pieces of the puzzle together!!!! Love it!
          Go Pack Go!!!

      • LarryTex

        oooh, I liked Shields until you associated Rosenfelds name with him. No client of his would be on my team – period. He is impossible to deal with. Besides Drews big deal this year will be Burress!

        • Chris K

          Haha, yeah its a scary thought when you know that Rosenhaus will hype his clients name & mind up to the point that they expect something so high its unblievable and then he gets a client to go for the highest offer so his share is bigger…. I dont like that schmuck agent either! But it also may tell you what the client is expecting………………

          Remember Atari Bigby trying that ridiculous move—-Drew—

          • Rick

            Atari really mishandled that offseason.

  • Steve Cheez

    How the heck does Wilhelm get $3 mil? I want his agent!

    • Rick

      I am telling you that late season veterans earn out of proportion because they get no roster, or Training camp attendence, or special bs bonuses like they do when signed at the beginning of the year. In season it is just bam!! There is your money now get playing.

    • LarryTex

      Fourth round pick, former two year starter?

      • Rick

        Amazing isn’t it

  • 4205

    These numbers really make it hard to understand how its so bad the players union felt it had to disband. Nothing good can come from the decisions being made by a judge in Minnesota or St Louis or anywhere.

  • GBDEFAN

    How bad does the NFL Network Suck??? I know it’s not football season, but occasionally when I surf through the channels I’ll land on it and I never see anything about the Packers from this Super Bowl winning season or any other season. Sometimes I wonder if Favre has poisoned people against the team. When I look through the schedule I see everything but anything about the Packers. I would love to run through a few games, especially from this season. I am sure in WI you folks their games replayed on various channels all the time, but I’m an out of state fan and I never see their replayed games.

    • Rick

      NFL does mean Not For Long I guess.

    • Rick

      Also there is a couple of uploads on youtube. I just re watched the SBowl minus the commercials.

  • Rick

    2011 NFL Supplemental Draft

    By Rick

    As weird as this NFL lockout “Off season” has been a new wrinkle is appearing. We have interest in trying to have a NFL supplemental draft. The rules aren’t really for or against it so I asume the NFL will organize one for those eligable players wanting to enter the NFL.

    Two main names are in the pool at the current time, Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor and Florida’s Janoris Jenkins.

    Terrelle Pryor wants to see about entering a supplemental draft to enter the NFL as a QB. He is 6’6″ and weighs 235lbs. He is reported to have run under a 4.4 in spring camp last year but the best real number I have is 4.42 40 yard and 20 yard shuttle was 4.25 COD 0.17

    He is not an NFL quality starter QB currently. His release is horrible and he has horrible footwork. This lack of footwork not only hurts his passing from the pocket but robs him of what should be a powerful arm. His arm strength currently is average at best and accuracy is barely over 50%. He either needs two to three years with a teaching staff to work and develop him (CFL or UFL) or position change to play in the NFL. My gut says if he can catch then he should be a great TE stretching the seem like Finley. If he can not then he may be the biggest CB or S you have ever seen.

    At best 5th to 7th round supplemental draft pick. In NFL I see maybe Raiders, Vikings, Seahawks,or Chargers as best fits. In Oakland and San Diego he can work on TE duties and fill in #3 QB. In Minessota or Seattle he could sit for three years and develop into a possible starter calibre QB. The CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders have his rights if he wants to try and play right now as a QB in Canada. Dennis Green in the UFL would be one of the better fits if he wants to QB in the UFL for a few years.

    As to the Packers drafting him; he is not a Packer person. That said GB would be a great spot for him to learn in a QB camp for a few years under McCarthy and learn an offense that would be a great fit for Terrelle’s athletic gifts.

    The other supplemental player of interest is Janoris Jenkins 5’11″ 189 Florida CB that was kicked off the team for a third marijuana arrest. He is a player similar to Prince Amukara and is probably a 2nd to 3rd round pick but with the baggage I just don’t know. He really likes the chronic and is stupid enough to keep getting caught. He is fast and fluid and one of the top SEC CBs and has great game tape against top WRs.

    4.42 40 yard and no data on 20 yard short shuttle from a reputable source.

    I say a maybe 3rd to 5th round supplemental selection but I really only see the Raiders taking him. If he shows he has cleaned up,which I doubt he can, then he could be a steal for a team.

    Green Bay does not draft 3 time drug issue players. I see an almost 0% chance of GB even thinking of aquiring him.

    • LarryTex

      At that size, he has to be a lot faster than that to make my team, unless he can touch the top of the backboard.

      • Rick

        Terrelle would be an inch taller and almost a full tenth of a second faster then Finley as a TE

        • LarryTex

          No, No, No, I meant the CB. But then I wouldn’t have picked up Woodson and Williams either. No, I would have drafted Hawk and Harrell though. I could never be a NFL GM.

          • Rick

            Other than Herrell and Hawk, TT didn’t draft them either, You may still be a great GM LarryTex.

  • JeffN

    This is a very interesting set of numbers you put together in your article…. and WOW that looks like it had to be a lot of work to put together.

    I would say free up $7.5 Mil and get rid of Barnett and Popinga. Poppinga as much as I like him as a guy he really hasn’t done anything since 2008 and even that was pretty average. Barnett isn’t a starter anymore and you already have Chillar as a backup. $5.5 Mil is too much for a backup to be one of higher paid players on the team. Tauscher is a wait and see but he proabably won’t make the team as a backup either at $4.1 Mil. That free up a total of $11.5 Mil. Also if you consider Donald Lee off the rostor we are talking more like $13 Mil.

    Who is Matt Wilhelm?

    • Rick

      4th round – 2003 Chargers MLB pick. 09 with 49ers and 2010 street FA 8year veteran MLB. He ate Cutlers lunch in Week 17. I think he may have stuffed and mounted Cutler as well.

      Career veteran back up player that knows the 3-4 MLB spot. We were lucky to sign him when Green Bay did.

      • Rick

        But $3 Million is a buttload of dough to pay for a back up.

        • LarryTex

          Yeah, but you guys overlook he started for two years and we sure didn’t suffer when he came into the game. I think he WAS worth it. Over 30 who knows?

  • JeffN

    I wouldn’t worry about Sitton. He will get resigned in the relativly near future. TT will make Sitton a priority. Sam Shields might be a more difficult situation to deal with if Rosenhaus is his agent but I’m pretty sure TT will navigate that situation as good as any of the best guys in the business. I have a big question for you guys.

    If you were any of these players with contracts coming up and you were already on the Packers. Would you really want to leave a team that is poised to make more SuperBowl runs?

  • Larry

    Agree that Sitton will get attention after a new CBA. Shields may want a little bling…might be able to sign him to new 3 year. Working next to Williams is good duty.

    • LarryTex

      Especially if you like getting picked on.

  • Larry

    or like the opportunity for picks!

    • Rick

      ……….and as long as it is not J Bush :)

      • LarryTex

        Oh, oh, going to far Rick………………! I’ve heard of a nickle and dime back, is there a 15 cent back?

        • Rick

          LOL

  • Larry

    Rick’s got it right…GB can thrive with Shields, Woodson, Williams and probably Lee, House?? and even Burnett getting reps at CB but J Bush is a known weekness as a CB.

  • Rick

    In honor of another Larry (the Cable Guy) , I am sorry Lord for making fun of that Bush guy. I know he tries hard but he either falls down or allows TDs. :)

    Seriously, he can’t defend as a CB against my sons high school team but he is a beast on ST and I think he shows a decent ability at back up in the Strong Safety spot.

  • iccyfan

    I don’t check in for a couple days and a Jarrett Bush discussion has broken out. Jersey Al is drafting articles about “Packers You May Not Know” and Packer Report is writing about Caleb Schlauderaff and his summer landscaping jobs. Here’s hoping they get this lockout ended soon because WE NEED TRAINING CAMP! :)
    Have a great weekend all…

    • Rick

      You to iccy.

  • LarryTex

    While we’re waiting for something to happen, a stick-it-to-the-Bearse-fan fact: Dick Kazmaier won the Maxwell and Heisman in ’51 and was only a 15th round choice of the CHI ’cause everyone knew he really didn’t want to play pro ball for about 8 grand a year. The 176th pick spurned them and went to Harvard Business School instead. Heh, heh.