Where does Morgan Burnett’s New Deal Rank Among NFL Safeties?
Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett is a very talented football player. Not only is he only one of two players in the NFL to suit up for every defensive snap last season, but his production has consistently increased since he arrived in the league. Burnett recently inked a four-year, $24.75 million deal that will make him one of the richest safeties in the NFL.
The following are the average salary per year for the top 10 safeties in the league, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Troy Polamalu ($9.867 million), Eric Berry ($8.333 million), Dashon Goldson ($8.25 million), Eric Weddle ($8 million), Antrel Rolle ($7.4 million), Kam Chancellor ($7 million), Griffin ($7 million), Tyvon Branch ($6.65 million), Antoine Bethea ($6.5 million) and Burnett ($6.2 million).
Obviously, Polamalu deserves to be the richest safety because he certainly has earned the title of the best in the league. However, injuries and a drop in production have definitely left the Pittsburgh Steelers with some concerns.
The Packers are hoping Burnett’s career-high 123 total tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and five passes defended in 2012 is just the beginning of what could turn into an amazing contract. Even though he is getting paid a lot of money, Burnett has the potential to be one of the league’s best, which means the contract he signed could certainly tilt in Green Bay’s favor.
There is no question Burnett has plenty of areas to improve before he can be considered an elite safety. However, the good news is he is determined to learn and practice hard in order to be an effective contributor on the field.