Congratulations on your record setting new contract Andrew Luck! You almost make as much money as journeyman Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari.
Yesterday, Andrew Luck signed an NFL record setting contract for $140 million over six years. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the guaranteed base compensation was just over $63 million.
Andrew Luck’s base salaries during each year of his contract: pic.twitter.com/IJPEdS1I5N
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 29, 2016
The contract makes Luck the highest paid player in NFL history, but if you compare it to NBA player salaries, he makes less than serviceable Raptors small forward Demare Carroll.
Andrew Luck’s base compensation over the six years of his contract is no higher than $12 million in any one year. Last year in the NBA there were 52 players that made $12 million or over per year.
Some of the bench posse that made more money than Andrew Luck last year include:
- Nikola Pekovic, C Minnesota Timberwolves $12,100,000
- Nene Hilario, C Washington Wizards $13,000,000
- Al Jefferson, C Charlotte Hornets $13,500,000
- Danilo Gallinari, SF Denver Nuggets $14,000,000
- Reggie Jackson, PG Detroit Pistons $13,913,044
- Andrew Bogut, C Golden State Warriors $13,800,000
- DeMare Carroll, SF Toronto Raptors $13,600,000
The hot take debate in the media this morning is whether the Colts overpaid for Andrew Luck. If you look at the numbers, you’re getting a franchise quarterback for the price of Nikola Pekovic. In that context, it’s hard to look at it as a bad deal for the Colts.
Here are all the NBA salaries from 2015 – 2016. (Basketball Reference)