Three contract negotiations to watch


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 26: Quarterback Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots calls out a play at the line of scrimmage during a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on August 26, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Patriots 23-6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Money, money, money. It’s the root of all evil. And on the Boston sports landscape, it hovers over every discussion like a winter storm cloud.

Here’s the point: the Denver Broncos and Russell Wilson recently agreed on a five-year, $245 million contract that averages out to precisely $49 million per season. The NFL being the NFL, much of that is funny money, which is to say it is not fully guaranteed. But the truth is that quarterback salaries in the NFL are now stratospheric, Aaron Rodgers eclipsing more than $50 million annually with his latest deal.

The tangential effects of this, of course, are obvious. When guys like Rodgers and Wilson sign, they set the market. Everyone else falls into line. And the same is true in other sports, too, which brings us to perhaps the three biggest contract questions in Boston sports (in particular order) as we begin September 2022: