Following the conclusion of his rookie contract, and just days after the NFL lifted its lockout, DEC Management client Eric Weddle signed a five-year, $40 million contract to remain the defensive leader of the San Diego Chargers. Weddle’s contract included $19 million fully guaranteed, including $14 million paid out in the first year of the contract. Since the signing of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Weddle is the NFL’s second-highest paid safety, taking home over $32.5 million in cash, while becoming a perennial Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.
In a 2013 free agent market of over 20 cornerbacks, DEC Management client Sean Smith signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the eventual AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs. Among 2013 free agent cornerbacks, Smith received the largest signing bonus ($6.75 million), the largest amount of guaranteed money ($10.915 million) and the largest amount of Year 1 cash ($7.5 million) and largest amount of cash over the first two years of his contract ($11 million).
Since joining DEC Management in 2010, Paul Soliai has become the fourth-highest paid defensive tackle and the ninth-highest paid defensive lineman in the National Football League, earning $35 million from 2011 through 2014. DEC Management has effectively showed that Soliai is the preeminent run-stuffing defensive tackle in the NFL, resulting in contracts totaling $56 million (with over $32 million in guaranteed money) over an eight-year period despite not playing in more than 55 percent of his team’s defensive snaps in any season.