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rgleason
03-15-2006, 01:30 PM
For those with knowledge, where do the Steelers stand right now with Willie Parker in terms of Contract? How much is he receiving, and when will we have to decide to give him a serious payday or not?

WWIIOwheelz
03-15-2006, 01:34 PM
I'd be interested myself. He commented at a Superbowl interview that he hadn't signed a long-term deal yet, so in his mind he hadn't "made it" yet.

Steelers will take care of him.

MNsteelers
03-15-2006, 01:40 PM
For those with knowledge, where do the Steelers stand right now with Willie Parker in terms of Contract? How much is he receiving, and when will we have to decide to give him a serious payday or not?

We had him at absolutely nothing, and I think he had a two-year deal back in 2004 - when he signed as a free agent. He is probably at the league minimum (230k) per year, maybe with some incentives, but clearly one of the most productive players for the dollar in the league. I would imagine if he can back up his 1,200 yards with a 1,400 yard season, he will be looking for a large extension next year.

Which makes it interesting...with Minnesota and Arizona locking up their RBs for the next few years, are we going to see a guy like Laurence Maroney or DeAngleo Williams fall far enough where Pittsburgh might consider trading up to get him?

Suitanim
03-15-2006, 07:12 PM
I'd say no to the latter...while both are nice prospects, I honestly think the Steelers are happy with their own 5 foot somethingish, 200 pound somethingish speed back.

Parker will quite likely be playing for a payday this year...I don't see the Steelers changing their style much.

TasmanianTroy271
03-17-2006, 06:25 PM
I'd like to think Willie'd stay with us if he had the oppurtunity to go elsewhere, because we believed in him when no one else did. We could've easily cut him, but we kept him here, and that has to count for something. I'd expect an extension sometime soon,

Webfactor8
03-18-2006, 01:30 PM
I'd like to think he'd stay as long as the new contract was reasonable. But, if we offer him the league minimum or something pitiful, I wouldn't blame him for leaving.

clevestinks
03-18-2006, 05:56 PM
Steelers will not negotiate with more than a year left on a contract. I hope they lock him up soon, so that they cant get him reasonably cheap. Maybe they will wait to see what we get in the draft.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-18-2006, 07:15 PM
:iagree: Cleve..look no further than Hines who wanted an extension with 2 years remaining and the Steelers said no.

Parker will get his payday with us, but he'll need to duplicate and improve on last years numbers though. A one hit wonder does not a millionaire make, with the Steelers. Willie can do it, and there is no reason to think he wont.

clevestinks
03-19-2006, 10:06 AM
The Steelers did give maddox money early, only because they didnt have the money to give him earlier, and they thought that they were back paying him somewhat. Sort of " Here is money for what you already did"

SteelCityMan786
03-19-2006, 08:14 PM
I say give him a deal that keeps him within the Caps allowance. 4 Years 20 Million?

TxsTed
03-19-2006, 09:29 PM
For those with knowledge, where do the Steelers stand right now with Willie Parker in terms of Contract? How much is he receiving, and when will we have to decide to give him a serious payday or not?
In 2005 Willie Parker's salary was $305,000 plus he had $4,840 in bonuses (from 2004). So he counted $311,840 against the cap.

Parker is an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA) because he has less than three years of experience. ERFAs have no negotiating leverage, and are essentially bound to the team for a third-year veteran minimum salary, something in the range of $385,000. An ERFA has no ability to negotiate with other teams.

After this year, Parker will be a restricted free agent (RFA). Which means that he would be free to negotiate with other teams and sign an offer sheet. If he signed an offer sheet, the Steelers would have two options ? either match the deal and retain the player, or allow the player to leave. In the latter case, the Steelers would be awarded compensation based upon the level of tender given. A minimum tender is worth a compensatory pick in the round the player was initially chosen, a mid-level tender garners a number one pick as compensation, and a maximum tender is worth a 1st and 3rd round selection. Any compensatory picks would be awarded in that years draft.

So we have until after the 2006 season to make a decision on on how much to pay Willie.

Steel Pit
03-19-2006, 11:56 PM
Let's keep him at his current pay scale and see what happens after this year. It's too early to sign him to a big-time contract. I'm not completely sold on him yet. Let's not make the same mistake that they made with Tommy Maddox.

Midnightwriter1
03-21-2006, 05:16 AM
We really dont know if Parker has the stamina to play a whole year just yet ( case in point ...Famous Amos) he is small and not yet bulked up in anyway. Plus, Bettis took some carries away, esopecially the grinding and pounding plays. We have Staley for those plays at this point, but i still think because of Parkers size and hasnt proven his inside running at this point, we do need a brusier back. Staley's health is always in question.