Marshall is tops in Redskins' pay Linebacker earning $1.1 million this year

December 11, 1990|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent

HERNDON,VA. — HERNDON, Va. -- Linebacker Wilber Marshall has replaced former quarterback Doug Williams as the Washington Redskins' highest-paid player this season, according to the annual salary survey conducted by the National Football League Players Association.

Marshall earned a base salary of $1.1 million in the third year of the five-year, $6 million contract he signed with the Redskins in 1988 when he left the Chicago Bears.

Last year, Williams had the team's highest paid base salary of $1.1 million while Marshall was second at $1 million. Williams, who would have earned $1.2 million this year in the final year of a three-year contract, was waived last April.

Marshall's average salary of $1.2 million for the duration of his five-year contract also was highest on the team for the third straight season.

Wide receiver Art Monk, in the second year of a four-year deal he signed last year, is second on the team in base salary at $900,000.

Defensive lineman Charles Mann is third at $800,000 in the first year of a three-year deal he got at the end of last year while running back Gerald Riggs is fourth at $775,000 in the first year of a four-year contract he signed at the start of training camp after a brief holdout.

Offensive lineman Jim Lachey, who got a new two-year contract at the end of last year, tied cornerback Darrell Green for fifth at $725,000 in base salary. Green is in the second year of a three-year deal.

The survey includes the base salaries and all signing, roster and reporting bonuses, but not the incentive bonuses.

The Redskins also continued their policy of recent years of not giving signing bonuses to veterans who are already with the team. They only give a signing bonus one time to a player when he first joins the team.

The survey lists a signing bonus of $275,000 for Lachey and $225,000 for Mann that "equals renegotiation of last year's base."

But general manager Charley Casserly said those figures weren't signing bonuses, but were tacked onto last year's base salary figures when Lachey was originally at $325,000 and Mann at $525,000.

"That's already been brought to my attention by several agents, but it's wrong," Casserly said of the listing of a signing bonus for Lachey and Mann in the survey. Casserly assured the agents the Redskins haven't changed their policy of refusing signing bonuses to veterans.

He also said that Lachey had been promised a new deal by Al Davis, the owner of the Los Angeles Raiders, when he spent several weeks there in 1988 before being traded to the Redskins for Jay Schroeder and several draft choices.

Riggs' new four-year contract includes bonuses of $135,000, $175,000, $225,000 and $200, but they're not signing bonuses. His base salaries are $775,000, $825,000 and $875,000 and $1 million for a four-year, $4.21 million deal. But it's not guaranteed and it's unlikely Riggs will play three more years.

In past years, the NFLPA compiled the salary survey from contracts it was provided by the NFL Management Council.

Because the the NFLPA contends it is no longer a union and hasn't had a collective-bargaining agreement since 1987, the NFL Management Council has stopped providing the contracts to the NFLPA.

The Management Council didn't even provide the contracts to the general managers of the 28 clubs during the signing period this summer because it contends it's illegal for the NFLPA to share so-called "hot" information while salaries are being negotiated.

The NFLPA contends that, as a trade association, it may share salary information with agents.

In any case, the NFLPA compiled the survey with information XTC provided by the agents although some agents have been accused of slightly inflating their figures.

The survey also shows that Gary Hogeboom, who hasn't played a down this year, and Jeff Rutledge, who has started only one game, are both paid more than Mark Rypien and Stan Humphries.

Hogeboom got a $25,000 signing bonuses and a $375,000 base salary when he signed after Rypien got hurt in the third game of the season. Jeff Rutledge got $325,000 in base salary and $100,000 in bonuses.

Meanwhile, Rypien is making $275,000 in base salary and Humphries $99,000. The Redskins offered Rypien a new deal at the start of the year, but he turned it down to play out his option.

Top Redskins


The highest-paid Redskins in combined 1990 salary and bonuses:

Name, pos. salary Wilber Marshall, LB $1.1 million Charles Mann, DL $1.025 million Jim Lachey, OL $1 million Gerald Riggs, RB $910,000 Art Monk, WR $900,000

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