Considering Mike Iupati's next contract, and the market for offensive guards in the NFL

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The San Francisco 49ers have a decision to make with left guard Mike Iupati. We break down six contracts around the league.

This year, Mike Iupati's 2014 base salary escalated from $1,600,500 up to $2,770,500. He is heading into the final season of his rookie contract, and there are questions being asked about his future.

There have been no substantive rumors about contract discussions between the 49ers and Iupati. The team may figure out a way to fit in a new deal, or they may go in a different direction. This article is for better understanding what the contract market looks like. If he is going to get an extension, we need to break down the possibilities for contract structure. I thought I would look at six different guard contracts, with three on the high end, and three more in the middle.

First, let's take a look at three high end deals for offensive guards.

Carl Nicks

In 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Nicks to a 5-year deal worth $47.5 million. The deal contained $25 million in guaranteed money, which included his 2012 and 2013 base salaries, and a $6 million roster bonus in 2012.

Below is the contract breakdown. Note that the Buccaneers restructured his deal in December of 2012, converting $11.785 million into a bonus, which prorates at $2.357 million a year through 2016.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2012

$6,500,000

$2,357,000

$6,000,000

$0

$0

$14,857,000

2013

$715,000

$2,357,000

$0

$0

$0

$3,072,000

2014

$7,000,000

$2,357,000

$0

$0

$0

$9,357,000

2015

$7,750,000

$2,357,000

$0

$0

$0

$10,107,000

2016

$7,750,000

$2,357,000

$0

$0

$0

$10,107,000

Andy Levitre

In 2013, the Tennessee Titans signed Levitre to a 6-year deal worth $46.8 million deal. This deal contained $13 million in guaranteed money, including a $10.5 million signing bonus, and his 2013 base salary.

Below is Levitre's contract breakdown.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2013

$2,500,000

$2,100,000

$0

$0

$0

$4,600,000

2014

$6,500,000

$2,100,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,600,000

2015

$6,500,000

$2,100,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,600,000

2016

$6,500,000

$2,100,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,600,000

2017

$6,500,000

$2,100,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,600,000

2018

$5,800,000

$0

$2,000,000

$0

$0

$7,800,000

Logan Mankins

Finally, in 2011, the New England Patriots signed Mankins to a 5-year deal worth $51 million deal. This deal contained $21.5 million in guaranteed money, including a $16 million signing bonus.

Below is a breakdown of Mankins deal.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2012

$2,750,000

$4,000,000

$0

$250,000

$0

$4,250,000

2013

$5,750,000

$4,000,000

$0

$250,000

$0

$10,000,000

2014

$6,250,000

$4,000,000

$0

$250,000

$0

$10,500,000

2015

$6,750,000

$4,000,000

$0

$250,000

$0

$11,000,000

2016

$6,750,000

$0

$0

$250,000

$0

$7,000,000

Now we move on to the three mid-level deals. It's still big money, but at a slightly more reasonable rate than the big three above.

Marshal Yanda

In 2011, the Baltimore Ravens signed Yanda to a 5-year deal worth $32 million. The deal contained $10 million in guaranteed money, including a $10 million signing bonus.

Below is Yanda's breakdown.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2011

$2,000,000

$2,000,000

$0

$0

$0

$4,000,000

2012

$700,000

$2,950,000

$0

$0

$0

$3,650,000

2013

$4,500,000

$2,950,000

$0

$0

$0

$7,450,000

2014

$5,500,000

$2,950,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,450,000

2015

$5,500,000

$2,950,000

$0

$0

$0

$8,450,000

Ben Grubbs

In 2012, the New Orleans Saints signed Grubbs to a 5-year deal, worth $36 million. The deal contained $15.9 million in guaranteed money, including a $10 million signing bonus, and his 2012 and 2013 base salaries.

Below is Grubb's contract breakdown, which was restructured in early 2013.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2012

$700,000

$2,000,000

$0

$0

$0

$2,700,000

2013

$1,200,000

$3,000,000

$0

$100,000

$0

$4,300,000

2014

$6,000,000

$3,000,000

$0

$100,000

$0

$9,100,000

2015

$6,500,000

$3,000,000

$0

$100,000

$0

$9,600,000

2016

$7,200,000

$3,000,000

$0

$100,000

$0

$10,300,000

Josh Sitton

At the start of the 2011 season, the Green Bay Packers signed Sitton, who signed a 5-year deal, worth $33.75 million. The deal contained $8.9 million in guaranteed money, which included a $6 million signing bonus.

Below is Sutton's contract breakdown.

Year

Base

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

Cap

Salary

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Bonus

Number

2012

$950,000

$1,200,000

$2,400,000

$300,000

$0

$4,850,000

2013

$3,400,000

$1,200,000

$650,000

$300,000

$0

$5,550,000

2014

$4,500,000

$1,200,000

$400,000

$300,000

$0

$6,400,000

2015

$4,850,000

$1,200,000

$400,000

$300,000

$0

$6,750,000

2016

$5,900,000

$0

$400,000

$300,000

$0

$6,600,000

As I look at Mike Iupati, and these various contracts, I believe the market for Iupati is in the Levitre area. I see something in the neighborhood of $13 million in guaranteed money. If the 49ers decide to extend Iupati, the best deal for the 49ers is doing guaranteed base salaries, and a $7.5 million signing bonus. This is what the 49ers gave to Anthony Davis, Ahmad Brooks, and NaVorro Bowman.

I also believe the best bet is for the 49ers to give out yearly $750,000 to $1 million roster bonuses, tied to the game day roster. They could also include "small" $100,000 workout bonuses. Currently Brooks receives the $100,000 workout bonus each year in his deal.

I showed the high end and mid end deals to show the difference in both overall money, and guaranteed money, as it differs between all six deals.

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