Brackett's Contract Worth Over $10 Million
Earlier today, the Indianapolis Star's article, Colts' cuts on hold thanks to NFL chaos, referenced that Gary Brackett's four-year contract was "worth more than $6.2 million. It includes a $3.5 million signing bonus."
While that statement is still technically correct since it says "worth more than $6.2 million" ColtPower has learned that the contract is actually worth just over $10 million for the four years and includes $3.5 million in guaranteed money. And in our opinion, that figure is certainly a more accurate reflection of Brackett's value to the Colts organization and makes more sense.
According to the NFLPA, Brackett's salaries during the four seasons will be as follows: $460,000 (2006), $1.67 million (2007), $2.055 million (2008) and $2.415 million (2009).
Brackett was due to become a restricted free agent prior to agreeing to his new deal. The former Rutgers linebacker is one of the great success stories in today's NFL, after signing with the Colts as an undrafted free agent back in 2003. He worked his way up the ranks as a truly selfless special teams contributor and as a nickel linebacker.
But 2005 belonged to Brackett as Rob Morris signed on to be his backup and to play special teams. Brackett became an inspirational leader on the Colts defense, making the most of his first season as the starter. He was the Colts leader in total tackles with 127, was tied for second in interceptions with 3, and had a quarterback sack.
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