The deal with ... really big deals

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

Here's a look at some of the other whopping deals completed in various sports over the years:

- Alexei Yashin, NHL

10-year, $87.5-million US deal with Islanders in 2001

OUTCOME: Despite the efforts of owner Charles Wang to justify the deal, Yashin has been a bust. Sure, he might have some nice regular-season numbers, but he disappears come playoff time just like he did during his days with the Ottawa Senators.

- Alex Rodriguez, Major League Baseball

10-year, $252-million US deal with Texas Rangers in 2001

OUTCOME: A-Rod -- or "A-Knob" as his detractors like to call him -- has put up some monster stats during the regular season but regularly comes up short in the post-season, not unlike Yashin. Often perceived as being aloof, Rodriguez has become the whipping boy of Yankees fans.

- Michael Vick, NFL

10-year, $137-million US deal with Atlanta Falcons in 2004

OUTCOME: Numbers are deceiving since the NFL does not hand out guaranteed contracts. But Vick did net $37 million as a signing bonus and deserves it, given the fact that he has almost singlehandedly brought respect to this once sad-sack franchise.

- Magic Johnson, NBA

25-year, $25-million US deal with Los Angeles Lakers in 1981

OUTCOME: Johnson's eye-bulging contract shook up the sports world 25 years ago, especially in terms of the length. After the first four years, Magic restructured the pact so that the remaining $21 million would be paid out during the ensuing seven years, not 21. It was money well spent, since Magic led the "Showtime Lakers" to four titles after signing the deal.


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