The signing of running back Cordarrelle Patterson by the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason was among the most lucrative transactions in the National Football League.
Patterson, who was playing on a one-year contract worth $3 million, made history by being the first player in the history of the team to record both 500 running yards and 500 receiving yards.
Patterson, now 31, capitalized on his breakout year by signing a two-year, $10.5 million deal with $5 million guaranteed.
Atlanta appears to have signed the former Tennessee star to another team-friendly contract due to the rising value of the “wide back” position throughout the NFL and Patterson’s success in the job.
As a receiver and runner, Patterson, a six-time All-Pro return specialist, remade himself in Atlanta, setting career highs in yards and touchdowns and tying his best mark in receptions.
Now that Falcons coach Arthur Smith has shown that he knows how to get the most out of Patterson’s skills, the nine-year veteran has hinted that he took less money to stay in Atlanta.
Patterson will continue to play for the Falcons, the team that gave him a new lease on his career, and the Falcons were able to retain one of their most valuable offensive playmakers as a result of the trade, making it a win-win situation for both parties involved.
How Much Does Cordarrelle Patterson Make?
Cordarrelle Patterson gets paid an average of $5,250,000 per year. Patterson will get a base salary of $1,250,000 and a signing bonus of $5,000,000 in 2022. He will also have a cap hit of $2,500,000 and a dead cap value of $5,000,000.