By Stephen Tsai
Colt Brennan’s 2007 season was memorable. His team had an unbeaten regular season. He finished third in the 2007 Heisman voting. He earned a bachelor’s degree.
It also was costly.
Brennan’s decision to remain at UH probably will cost him a total of about $1,378,500 over a three-year period.
Let’s say he left UH after 2006, when he had the best statistical season by a quarterback in NCAA history. He was projected to be picked in the first round of the 2007 draft.
To be conservative, let’s assume he would have been picked by the Miami Dolphins in the second round, the spot that went to BYU’s John Beck. Beck received guaranteed bonuses of $1,523,500 — a signing bonus of $400,000 and an option bonus of $1,123,500. (The option bonus is a way to ease Beck's salary-cap numbers for the 2007 season. When the option bonus goes into effect in 2008, it will be added to the signing bonus, then spread out over the course of this contract. If he had been cut in 2007, the option bonus would be moved up a year and added to the signing bonus.)
Beck also was slotted into this scale for base salary: $285,000 for 2007, $370,000 for 2008, $460,000 for 2009. If he played all three seasons, he would be guaranteed $2,638,500.
Brennan was the 186th pick of the 2008 draft. Last year’s No. 186, running back Thomas Clayton, received a signing bonus of $96,500 last season. With revenues and the salary cap up, Brennan should command a signing bonus of about $105,000.
The base minimum also increased for those entering the league this season. A 2008 rookie will receive $295,000 in 2008, $385,000 in 2009 and $475,000 in 2010. Add the signing bonus to the minimum salaries, and Brennan is guaranteed, if he remains healthy and on the roster, $1.26 million.
So, folks, you'd better appreciate that Colt Brennan autographed football your auntie got for you last year.
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Defensive end Karl Noa is heading to the J-E-T-S' rookie camp this weekend.
If things work out, he will be offered a free-agent contract.
"Oh, man, I'm looking forward to the opportunity," he said. "I'm glad I have a chance to do something."
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From loyal reader Bill Aldenderfer of Kailua:
"Am I the only one who remembers that Colt Brennan won the Sammy Baugh award in 2006? Sammy is the most famous Redskin of all time, and still holds several NFL passing and punting records."
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Shannon Wood reports that committees for the Senate and House met last week and came up with their joint proposal for the capital-improvement budget for UH's Lower Campus. The full vote could come as early as tomorrow. Here's the final proposal:
• Cooke Field.
Design — $500,000
Construction — &725,000
Total — $1,225,000
• Women's locker room (in compliance with IX regulations)
Total — $2,595,000
• Murakami Stadium training room
Total — $386,0000
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Another reader reports that the previous AD guaranteed that Big East officials would be brought in to work the UH-Cincinnati game.
Where's the trust?
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Whoops. I inadvertently forgot to thank SteveM, Roger Reeves, Scott Chan, Lois Manin, Derek Inouchi and Wendy deLaura for their help with Saturday's blog gathering. And, again, special thanks to our guests Virginia Hinshaw, Greg McMackin, Jim Donovan, Vili the Warrior, Mel deLaura, Robert Kekaula, Kanoa Leahey, Rob DeMello and the lovely Fay Wai.