Kelsay deserves contract

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The Buffalo Bills announced that they have signed outside linebacker Chris Kelsay to four year $24 million contract extension.

After doing some research the Bills may have gotten it right with Kelsay.

At first like many others I was like what the heck are the Bills doing based upon last year. After looking at the league leaders last year and how his stats project Kelsay’s deal is actually a steal.

These are the 2009 stats for starting left outside linebackers for 3-4 defenses last year in the National Football League, according to NFL.com.

1) Baltimore Ravens: Jarrett Johnson 16 games started 50 combined tackles 36 solo 14 assists with 6.0 sacks and 2.0 interceptions. 2007 signed  a five year $21.7 million contract.

2) Green Bay Packers: Clay Matthews  13 games started 51 combined tackles with 37 solo and 14 assists with 10.0 sacks. 2009 signed five year $9.925 million contract.

Aaron Kampman 9 games started 42 combined tackles 30 solo 14 assits with 3.5 sacks.  Projected for 16 games 75 combined tackles and 6.2 sacks. 2010 signed four year $24 million contract.

3) San Diego Chargers:  Shaun Phillips 16 games started 59 combined tackles 47 solo 12 assists with 7.0 sacks. 2007 signed six year $31 million contract.

4) Pittsburgh Steelers: LaMarr Woodley 16 games started 62 combined tackles 50 solo 12 assists with 13.5 sacks. 2007 signed four year $3.6 contract.

5) Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Spencer 16 games started 67 combined tackles 50 solo 17 assists 6.0 sacks. 2007 signed five year $7.453 contract.

6) Miami Dolphins: Jason Taylor 15 games started 42 combined tackles 33 solo 9 assists and 7.0 sacks. 2010 signed two year $13 million contract.

7) Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Vrabel 14 games started 52 combined tackles 43 total 9 assists 2.0 sacks career highs with New England: 108 combined tackles (2005) sacks 12.5 (2007) only two other times Vrabel had more that five sacks for a year 2003 9.5 sacks 2004 5.5. 2010 signed one year $3.025 contrct

8)Cleveland Browns: David Bowens 15 games started 71 combined tackles 47 solo 15 assists with 5.5 sacks. $1.65 million in 2010

9) San Francisco 49ers: Manny Lawson 16 games started 68 combined tackles 51 solo 17 assists with 6.5 sacks. 2006 signed five year $13.9 million contract.

10) Denver Broncos: Mario Haggan 16 games started 63 combined tackles 51 solo 12 assists with 1.0 sacks.  In 2009 signed a three year $4.12 million contract.

11) Arizona Cardinals: Clark Haggans 14 games started 74 combined tackles 57 solo 17 assists with 5.0 sacks. 2009 signed three year $6 million contract.

12) New England Patriots: Adalius Thomas 11 games started 34 combined tackles 26 solo 8 assists with 3.0 sacks.

13) New York Jets: Bryan Thomas 14 games started 53 combined tackles 40 solo 13 assists with 2.0 sacks. 2006 signed five year $25 million contract.

Kelsay this year projects to have 101 combined tackles and has averaged 3.7 sacks over the six years he has started, not including this year of course, which would put him in elite company as Vrabel is the only currents starting left outside linebacker in a 3-4 to do so.

Update:  The Franchise Tag number for 2011 will shoot to over $12 million for linebackers