NFL Free Agency Flashback: Reggie White’s 1993 Green Bay Packers Contract

Reggie White Contract Details

•Years: 4
•Total Value: $17,00,000
•Signing Bonus: $4.5M

Reggie White Contract Structure

•1993 – $3M base + $1.5M reporting bonus
•1994 – $3.15M base
•1995 – $2.85M base
•1996 – $2M base

Reggie White Free Agent Summary

1993 brought a newly found freedom for NFL players: free agency. Players with expired contracts were now free to take their services to the highest bidder.

After seven Pro Bowls and six first-team All-Pro selections in Philadelphia, Reginald “Reggie” White utilized this right and signed a four-year, $17-million contract with the Green Bay Packers. This made White the highest paid defensive player in NFL History at the time.

He rewarded Green Bay’s investment with 41.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries and four Pro Bowls from 1993-1996. The contract culminated with a victory in Super Bowl XXXI. White went on to play two more seasons in Green Bay. After a year-long retirement, White returned to the NFL and played one season for the Carolina Panthers in 2000.

“The Minister Of Defense” recorded 198 sacks, 38 forced fumbles and 20 fumble recoveries (not to mention the 23.5 sacks and seven FF he tallied in two USFL seasons prior joining the Eagles) in his illustrious 15-year NFL career. He made 13 Pro Bowls and was selected as a first-team All-Pro eight times.

Reggie White died the day after Christmas in 2004. He was 43. Rest in Love to one of the greatest defensive players to ever step between the white lines.

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