Rams get Steve Smith for one year, up to $2.5 million

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Two years ago, receiver Steve Smith was a hot commodity after catching 107 passes for 1,220 yards with the Giants.  Along the way, he reportedly turned down a five-year, $35 million contract.

Now, he’s scratching and clawing for whatever he can get.

A league source confirms that Smith’s one-year deal with the Rams has a base salary of $1 million.  Per the source, another $1.5 million is available via roster bonuses, presumably paid out on a per-game basis.

Smith denied last year that he’d been offered $35 million over five seasons, claiming he would have “signed it and done back flips.”  We’ve actually heard it was a six-year, $36 million offer that Smith rejected.

Either way, Smith’s case illustrates the importance of cooking and eating the bird in the hand.