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Fred Jackson gets only $3 million guaranteed

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson runs the ball against Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff in their NFL football game in Orchard Park Reuters

If you need any further evidence to persuade Junior to kick a football instead of run with it, we give you the contract extension recently given by the Bills to running back Fred Jackson.

Jackson will receive only $3 million guaranteed, which comes in the ultimate form of NFL guaranteed money:  the signing bonus.

Other than that, not a single penny is guaranteed.

Jackson also gets a $100,000 roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year (which he may have already received), along with a $100,00 workout bonus.  And he’s due to earn a base salary of $2.205 million in 2012.  He’ll get an extra $100,000 if he makes it to the Pro Bowl.

Next year, Jackson is due to receive a base salary of $2.15 million, along with a roster bonus of $300,000 on the fifth day of the league year.  He’s also eligible for up to $150,000 in per-game roster bonuses, calculated based on $9,375 per game that he is on the active roster.  There’s another $100,000 workout bonus, and another $1.1 million in incentives based on rushing yards, receiving yards, Pro Bowl, playing time, rushing touchdowns, and playoffs.

In 2014, Jackson is due to earn a base salary of $2.45 million.  He’s due to receive per-game roster bonuses with a maximum value for the season of $150,000, $1.1 million in incentives based on the same factors, and a $100,000 workout bonus.

The deal may seem light, but not in light of the fact that Jackson is 31.  More importantly, the market for veteran running backs is softer than an tangerine that has been sitting on the dashboard of a Ford Focus in the South Florida midday sun.  Or something.

Either way, plenty of veteran kickers and punters are doing better than plenty of veteran running backs.  Jackson got the best deal he could under the circumstances, and that’s good news for him and the Bills.

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11 Responses to “Fred Jackson gets only $3 million guaranteed”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 11, 2012 1:18 PM

    Tough to be a running back. I hope Forte is watching. Get what you can get.

  2. keepitsimplestoopid says: May 11, 2012 1:33 PM

    Considering what Peyton Hillis got this sounds like a really fair deal.

  3. jrock3x8 says: May 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    Matt Forte. Paging Matt Forte.

  4. tatatoothy says: May 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    Freddie and CJ = 2012 Top 3 Rushing Offense

  5. yankeemofo says: May 11, 2012 1:42 PM

    ONLY?!?!?!?

  6. bangitfootball says: May 11, 2012 2:34 PM

    RBs are a dime a dozen, dont play long, the game has gome airborne and they get hurt a lot. Tough time to be a RB.

  7. trojanwarrior007 says: May 11, 2012 2:37 PM

    100K if he makes it to the pro bowl??

  8. NakedCowboy! says: May 11, 2012 2:41 PM

    wow… darren mcfadden is on a 6yr 60 mill deal…
    compared to that… this is robbery!

    very good player on and off the field…

  9. eeerockski says: May 11, 2012 3:40 PM

    is that all? how is he ever gonna live? POOR guy…

  10. criticaldsj says: May 11, 2012 6:11 PM

    Try telling Jim Arnold it’s easy to kick a football for a living.

    Then call him up and tell him again tomorrow, because he’ll have forgotten the conversation you had with him today.

  11. covercorner says: May 11, 2012 9:39 PM

    Fred Jackson deserved more money than this for his great play and behavior. For being 1 of the 3 best RBs in the AFC (making the Pro Bowl) he will only get a $100,000 bonus!?

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