We didn’t quite understand the flurry of signings last week, from the perspective of the players. Why rush to do a deal when there will be deals to be done once new rules are in place?
For defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, doing a deal meant adding $150,000 to his personal lockout fund.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports, and we’ve confirmed, that Stroud’s new deal with the Patriots includes a $150,000 signing bonus. The deal also includes a $1.2 million base salary in 2011, and a base salary of $1.7 million in 2012.
We’re also told that, for 2011, Stroud is in line for a $200,000 roster bonus. The date on which it’s payable isn’t known. He also can receive a workout bonus of more than $100,000, and he’s eligible for $450,000 in incentives.
He has another $450,000 in incentives available in 2012, along with a workout bonus of more than $108,000.
It’s a deal that screams out “backup,” with an apparent opportunity to get some more money if he ends up actually playing.