That makes two Seattle Seahawks who have vastly undershot their original market expectations.
Germain Ifedi’s deal with the Chicago bears is a couple bucks north of the NFL league minimum.
Germain Ifedi’s one-year deal with the Bears if for the veteran salary benefit: $137,500 to sign, a $910,000 base salary with a cap number of $887,500. A wise value add for the Bears for a 25-year old that has started 60 games already.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 4, 2020
There’s been some rumblings - and this contract would certainly seem to support the belief - that Ifedi didn’t make his decision based on money. He may have been looking for a different offensive line coach to help jumpstart his play back into a better future landing spot.
Also, there’s the change in position to consider.
#Bears GM Ryan Pace said that Germain Ifedi will play guard. for line coach Juan Castillo. He'll compete for that RG spot.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) April 3, 2020
Ifedi’s moving to a questionable franchise, taking an extraordinarily small deal, and moving from lucrative tackle to oft-not-paid guard, and only one year with his new coach Juan Castillo.
Meanwhile, the athlete who was on the bench behind Ifedi, George Fant, has $13.7 million guaranteed with the New York Jets.
To make things even more interesting, because Ifedi's contract with the Bears qualifies for the veteran salary benefit, it excludes the Seahawks from being eligible to receive a compensatory pick in the wake of his departure.
Even with his last move it seems Germain Ifedi has, once again, penalized the Seattle Seahawks.