Former Bison Hansen to Wentz: Payday feels great until gameday
FARGO -- And you thought Carson Wentz's numbers at North Dakota State and the NFL Combine were staggering. They are a fraction to the contract that was made official on Thursday.The Philadelphia Eagles' first round draft choice signed a four-year...
FARGO - And you thought Carson Wentz’s numbers at North Dakota State and the NFL Combine were staggering. They are a fraction to the contract that was made official on Thursday.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ first round draft choice signed a four-year deal for a reported $26.68 million with a signing bonus of $17.6 million.
A little advice, says former NDSU standout and 11-year NFL veteran Phil Hansen: It won’t take long before that new car smell goes away.
“You always kind of pinch yourself,” Hansen said. “There were two times that I did. No. 1 when I saw my first paycheck. No. 2 is when I saw my first (football) card. I remember picking up that card and thinking I am actually on a card. But a lot of that goes away fast when there are guys coming at you trying to kill you or guys trying to take your job away.”
For Wentz, that could be as soon as today, when rookie minicamp starts in Philadelphia. The deal was not a surprise to anybody within the Wentz camp. His agent, Ryan Tollner, said two weeks ago at the NFL Draft in Chicago to expect those numbers.
Hansen played from 1991-2001, and although the money wasn’t what it is today, there were still players who made plenty. The difference is in the awareness. The NFL closely monitors financial advisers who have access to its players.
In other words, it’s unlikely somebody will approach Wentz with a high-risk, can’t-miss investment that will probably miss. Not that he would listen anyway.
“Back when I came out, we sort of did it on our own,” Hansen said. “For me, I did my own thing.”
Hansen was a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1991 following an All-American career at NDSU. Certainly, the deal he signed pales in comparison to the mega-millions Wentz will get with his contract. Hansen’s signing bonus was for $270,000, which is 1.5 percent of what Wentz got with his bonus.
“He’ll make more money before he steps on the field than I did in 11 years of playing,” Hansen said. “Times have changed. That signing bonus check: he’ll want to frame that.”
Wentz is the second former Bison to see some big financial numbers this week. Offensive tackle Joe Haeg, a fifth round draft pick, signed for $2.582 million with a $242,412 signing bonus with the Indianapolis Colts.