Vikings’ Kyle Sloter keeps in close contact with three departed free-agent QBs More In addition to third-string quarterback, Kyle Sloter is deserving of another title on the Vikings: Director of quarterback alumni relations.
Since Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater all left as free agents in March, Sloter has made a point of keeping in touch with them. We talk on the phone and I text them, Sloter said Wednesday during the Vikings’ charity golf tournament at The Meadows at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake.
But the three-time Pro Bowler inked his current deal back in 2015. The market has since skyrocketed, while Harris has gotten better and better. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2016, and despite struggling a tad while the Broncos went through football hell in 2017, he was still listed by Pro Football Focus as the top slot cornerback in the game.
The 28-year-old hasn’t missed a game since he was a sophomore in 2012, and he’s continually listed as one of the most valuable players on the Denver roster. It’s a crime that 20 NFL corners make more than him on an average annual basis.
Only six Detroit Lions players were deemed by PFR to be more valuable than defensive end Anthony Zettel last season. But because the 25-year-old is on a rookie contract he signed as a sixth-round pick in 2016, he’s also one of the lowest-paid players on the roster.
Zettel is costing the Lions less than $650,000 a year but is coming off a 16-start season in which he racked up 6.5 sacks while excelling as a run defender.
Look for the Penn State product to continue to excel opposite Ziggy Ansah, which could make him a very rich man in two years’ time.
It’s hard to be underpaid when you’re the the 10th-highest-paid player in the NFL, but the quarterback market has gone haywire since the highest-rated passer last signed a new deal back in 2013. So yes, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is dramatically underpaid with an average annual salary of $22 million.