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Patscap mailbag: Questions on Shaq Mason, Gronk and Mike Gillislee

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Answer: In recent years, the top of the right guard market has exploded, as Trai Turner, Kevin Zeitler, Gabe Jackson, David DeCastro, Ronald Leary and T.J. Lang have all signed $10 million plus APY (Average Per Year) deals. I expect that it will take a deal somewhat comparable to Turner's $11.25M APY to extend Mason during 2018. Like Turner, Mason would be in the fourth year of his rookie deal, and has also earned the Proven Performance Escalator raising his fourth year salary to the low RFA tender.

This projected extension for Mason would give him the same signing bonus as Turner. The first two years, the salaries would be fully guaranteed. His third-year salary would be guaranteed for injury only at the start of the deal, and would become fully guaranteed sometime during 2020.

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