Pitts wrote:The amount is odd. Too high for the Getzlaf who played last year and 1st half of this year. About right for the Getzlaf who played 2 seasons ago and the one that's playing now. He needs to be more consistent.
At first I thought the amount was odd as well. Lots of things to consider though. This is the first deal for a top player under the new CBA with restrictions on max length and salary variance. As a comparison, Sid's average salary over the first 8 years of his contract is $10.8 million, which makes Getzlaf's contract more reasonable (though still a little high in my opinion).
What will be interesting is how this deal and the new restrictions in the CBA will affect Geno's new contract. His cap hit is guaranteed to be higher than Sid's and by a significant amount. There's just no way to hide from it anymore, especially when giving an 8 year deal to a 27 year old.