The New Orleans Saints made Pro Bowler Jahri Evans the richest guard in the history of the league today with a seven-year, $56.7 million contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The most significant aspect of the contract is that he'll receive $19 million in the first year. Before Evans' contract, a couple of guards in the NFC East led the way.
Cowboys guard Leonard Davis signed a seven-year, $49.6 million free-agent contract in March 2007 with a guaranteed amount of $18.75 million. It was a staggering amount of guaranteed money for a player who hadn't lived up to expectations with the Cardinals, but obviously Davis has been a valuable addition to the Cowboys.
In June 2008, Chris Snee signed a six-year, $43.5 million contract extension with the New York Giants. The Eagles have to feel pretty good about signing starting left guard Todd Herremans to a five-year extension in '06 that included a $5 million signing bonus. Compared to some of the other contracts, that's quite a bargain.
Of course, the Eagles signed guard Stacy Andrews to a lucrative free-agent contract and have already had to restructure it based on the fact that he barely contributed anything in '09.