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D’Qwell deal has $10.4 million guaranteed


If the Browns had used the franchise tag on linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, he would have received $8.8 million in guaranteed money.  By signing a five-year contract with the Browns, Jackson bumped that number for $10.4 million.

Reported as containing $19 million in guarantees and roster bonuses, we’ve tracked down the true numbers.  And here they are.

Jackson received a $7 million signing bonus and a fully-guaranteed base salary for 2012 of $3.4 million.  (As a practical matter, the first-year base salary is always guaranteed, because the player is never cut that soon.)  He’ll also receive a roster bonus of $81,250 for each game that he’s on the 53-man roster.  (In other words, if he lands on injured reserve, he won’t get the money.)  He also will earn a $100,000 workout bonus, and a $25,000 bonus if he makes it to the Pro Bowl.

For 2013, Jackson’s $3.6 million becomes fully guaranteed if he’s on the roster on the third day of next year’s waiver period, which starts the day after the Super Bowl.  (For now, it’s guaranteed only for injury.)  There’s another $81,250 per-game roster bonus, another $100,000 workout bonus, and another $25,000 Pro Bowl bonus.

For 2014, Jackson has a $2.6 million base salary, $1 million of which will be guaranteed for injury if he participates in 95 percent of more of the defensive snaps in 2012 and 2013.  More importantly, a $4 million roster bonus comes due on the fifth day of the league year.  He has another $100,000 workout bonus, and another $25,000 Pro Bowl bonus.

In 2015, the base salary shoots to $6.4 million, along with a $500,000 roster bonus (due on the fifth day of the league year), a $300,000 workout bonus, and a $25,000 Pro Bowl bonus.

The same terms apply in 2016, but the base salary is $7 million.

Finally, Jackson has escalators of up to $1.33 million in each of the final three years based on playing time in 2012 or 2013 or games on the 53-man roster.

So there it all is.  You can wake up now.

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16 Responses to “D’Qwell deal has $10.4 million guaranteed”
  1. greedleague says: Mar 1, 2012 8:36 PM


  2. nineroutsider says: Mar 1, 2012 9:08 PM

    Please do this for the Ahmed Brooks deal too.

  3. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 1, 2012 9:12 PM

    Wow! Talk about getting hosed. His agent should be looking for another client right now.

  4. bigbrad184 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:17 PM

    Can you please track down the numbers for Ahmad Brooks’ deal and post those when they are available? I’m sure the numbers that were reported in that deal are also a little inflated. Thanks Mike!

  5. jharmon64 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:50 PM

    They should take off a million for having a jacked up name like D’Qwell.

  6. ottawabrave91 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:55 PM

    im still not awake

  7. dawglbfan says: Mar 1, 2012 10:03 PM

    His name should be D’Beast… fools are talking crap about one of the most under rated players in the league.

    If you don’t know who D’Qwell is then you have no reason to be looking at PFT during the of fseason

  8. kane337 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:05 PM

    Congrats to him and the Browns.

  9. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Mar 1, 2012 10:11 PM

    Who really cares that much?

  10. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 1, 2012 11:40 PM

    Man a workout bonus $300,000 I’ll do some pushups and windsprints for $300,000 these guys get paid too much!

  11. robatopia says: Mar 2, 2012 12:16 AM

    Showing up to workouts is worth 4x making the Pro Bowl??? I know teams want to encourage key players to participate in the offseason, but that seems like two extremes of accomplishment that have very mismatched rewards. Are they each considered Likely To Be Earned bonuses?

  12. thedudesnotin says: Mar 2, 2012 7:35 AM

    hrdcorbengalsfan says:
    Mar 1, 2012 10:11 PM
    Who really cares that much?


    Obviously you do. Otherwise why would you waste your time commenting?

  13. knowerofallthings says: Mar 2, 2012 8:33 AM

    Can he play QB?

  14. maseworld83 says: Mar 2, 2012 9:07 AM

    Never even heard of this guy… well, he does play for the Browns..

  15. illbilliv says: Mar 2, 2012 9:26 AM

    If players make too much money then go do some pushups and windsprints and make the NFL then lead the AFC in tackles yourself!! And if you don’t know D’Qwell Jackson….your either not very funny or have no clue about the NFL

  16. YouGetTheHorns says: Mar 2, 2012 12:45 PM

    That’s all d’qwell and good, but you have to be careful not to go to the d’well too often. I hope he plays d’well enough to d’earn that kind of d’money.

    I think he’s overpaid simply based on the fact that he’s not recognized for his ability, people only recognize his d’name.

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