It was the biggest catch in Amani Toomer's three-year NFL career. Game 14 of 1998, 48 seconds left, and the 6'3" Toomer, running a deep-right corner route, soars over Broncos cornerback Tito Paul, catches Kent Graham's pass and barely drags both feet inbounds for a 37-yard touchdown to hand Denver its first loss of the season. What did this catch mean for Toomer? Only about $11 million.
In July he signed a four-year, $11.2 million contract extension with a $3.2 million bonus, the biggest package the team had ever awarded a wideout. Pretty heavy going for a player who had been an effective punt returner but had only started one game at wide receiver in his career. "Do you want to lose a guy with that size and speed, with so much potential?" said general manager Ernie Accorsi. "Well, we didn't, either."