Follow The Guaranteed Money

There is nothing like the NFL free agent market. You hear about huge sums of money being thrown around and players moving everywhere. But the problem with all of it is that very little of this money is guaranteed.

Take Marcellus Bennett’s new deal with Chicago which is referred to as a 4-year/$20-million deal. If Bennett played the entire deal, that would be true. But, the fact is very little is guaranteed. Bennett will get a $4-million signing bonus and his $715,000 salary in 2013. But, if the Bears decide to cut him before the start of the 2014 season, that’s all Bennett would get. So, he signed a deal for $20-million, but unless he performs he could walk away with only 25% of that.

Look at Aaron Ross who is headed back to the Giants after a year away. He signed a three-year deal with Jacksonville for almost $10-million last offseason, but was cut and earned a little over a third of that.

So don’t follow the headline, follow the guaranteed money. That will tell you how likely or unlikely it is that a player sticks around. If Bennett doesn’t produce for the Bears this year, you can bet he will be back on the free agent market next season.

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  • blmeanie  On March 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Your post was before all the excitement this week. All the cuts already and coming to refit under cap will be cool to watch.

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