The Buffalo Bills re-signed veteran guard Richie Incognito to a new three-year contract on Tuesday and now that the numbers have been announced, we now might have a better idea as to what the market value of Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster is.
According to the Buffalo News, Incognito’s new deal is worth deal $15.75 million which is an average of $5.25 per season. However, it’s worth pointing out that Incognito is close to tuning 33 years of age while Foster just turned 30 in January. With that said, it’s hard to imagine that Foster will get much more than $5.25 million a season on the open market.
Back in early February, I estimated Foster’s market value to be $5 million a season and proposed a new three-year contract worth $15 million with $5.5 million of it being guaranteed.
Per the mock contract I formulated, it would result in Foster having a $3.5 million cap charge in 2016. Additionally, if only given a $3 million signing bonus, the Steelers could easily part ways with Foster after the 2017 season should the quality of his play drop off.
All of this is very doable on the Steelers end and thus I think there is still some hope that the two sides can get a deal done prior to Wednesday evening. We’ll see.