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San Francisco middle linebacker Patrick Willis signed a five-year, $50 million contract on Tuesday. It included two signing bonuses that total $19.9 million.

There's no arguing that this is a big-money deal. But the one signed by Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in July 2002 was much better.

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Lewis, who was 27 at the time (two years older than Willis is now), signed a similar deal -- but it has to be considered superior when you factor in inflation.

Eight years ago, Lewis signed a seven-year, $50 million contract. His total signing bonus was $19 million, which was an NFL record at the time.

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