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Stevie Johnson gets $11 million fully guaranteed at signing

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You know the drill.  Initial reports of receiver Stevie Johnson’s deal put the guaranteed money at $19.5 million.  The numbers are now in, and the true guarantee is considerably lower.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Johnson will get $11 million in fully guaranteed money upon signing the contract.  The payment comes from a signing bonus of $8.5 million and a fully guaranteed base salary of $2.5 million.

The deal also has a non-guaranteed 2013 option bonus of $4.5 million, which if exercised adds a fifth year onto the contract.  If not exercised, his base salary in 2013 becomes $7.05 million, $6.75 million of which will be guaranteed for injury only.  If the option bonus is exercised, Johnson’s base salary for 2013 will be $2.55 million, which is guaranteed for injury only.

So if Johnson suffers a career-ending injury in 2012 or 2013, he’ll receive $18.05 million guaranteed.  Absent a career-ending injury, he’ll get $11 million fully guaranteed.

The deal also includes base salaries of $3.65 million, $5.5 million, and $5.85 million for 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively, along with a roster bonus of $1.75 million in 2014 and $250,000 in 2015.

Johnson also is eligible for a $100,000 workout bonus in 2012, which shoots to $275,000 in each of the final four seasons of the deal.

Cap numbers for the first two years are a relatively low $4.3 million and $5.65 million.  In 2014, when the new TV money kicks in, the number goes to $8.5 million, $8.85 million, and $8.95 million, respectively, in the final three seasons of the contract.

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5 Responses to “Stevie Johnson gets $11 million fully guaranteed at signing”
  1. 6ringsteelers says: Mar 6, 2012 2:07 PM

    I guess God doesn’t hate you that much after all, huh Stevie?

  2. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 6, 2012 2:28 PM

    Now if only Buffalo could get a QB, OL, 3 other receivers, 9 good defensive starters, and a legendary Hall of Famer that doesn’t murder, they’d have something there.

  3. sirdrinksalot says: Mar 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    I only wish ignorant fans on this website actually knew what they were talking about. While the Bills offensive line is the most stellar, it had the least amount of sacks allowed last year. Gets your fact straight people. Also, before some dummy mentions it. Buffalo is not always cold, in fact, I hate it here the summer because of how hot and humid it gets.

  4. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Mar 6, 2012 3:16 PM

    sirdrinksalot says: Mar 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    I only wish ignorant fans on this website actually knew what they were talking about. While the Bills offensive line is the most stellar, it had the least amount of sacks allowed last year. Gets your fact straight people. Also, before some dummy mentions it. Buffalo is not always cold, in fact, I hate it here the summer because of how hot and humid it gets.

    YEAH!!

  5. rcali says: Mar 6, 2012 3:53 PM

    Nothing like guaranteed money for NFL players who tend to be a bit into themselves. I’ll give it to week three before he starts questioning the play calling. Thumbs down if you like WR’s play offensive coordinator.

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