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Official Jackson numbers left out signing bonus, incentives

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Earlier in the hour, we passed along the details of the contract signed by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in Buffalo.

The numbers, as it turns out, are incomplete.  Because, as we’ve confirmed, someone (we’re not sure who at this point) failed to properly record the terms of the deal when the contract was processed.

As officially recorded, it’s a one-year, $1.75 million deal with no guaranteed money or incentives.  In reality, the deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus (which already has been paid) and incentives that could earn Jackson another $2.25 million, if he takes 65 percent of the snaps on offense.

More specifically, Jackson will get an extra $500,000 if he takes half of the snaps in 2013.  He’ll get an additional $750,000 if he takes 60 percent of the snaps.  And he’ll pick up another $1 million if he takes 65 percent of the snaps.

In all, it’s a $2.25 million package with $2.25 million in available incentives.  The guarantee is $500,000.

While the assessment of the overall quality of the deal falls firmly in the category of topics on which reasonable minds may differ, the real deal is much better than the deal that was originally recorded.

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12 Responses to “Official Jackson numbers left out signing bonus, incentives”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 19, 2013 7:11 PM

    The recording office was so focussed on getting that extra “r” in Tarvaris’ name they overlooked some of the contract deals.

  2. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Feb 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    Thank you for the 404 Joke.

    ~~Nerds who watch football.

  3. gergie1957 says: Feb 19, 2013 8:40 PM

    Way underpaid.

  4. EJ says: Feb 19, 2013 8:59 PM

    Seeing the actual numbers makes me think that the Coaches don’t expect Jackson to make it out of training camp. Like they put him up for a couple of months to have that extra QB to throw to the second and third string guys. I originally thought he had a good chance to unseat Fitzpatrick, until seeing these numbers. If the Coaches actually thought he could start, he’d have a much bigger incentive to play for. His incentives are too low to drive him to want to start. I guess it will be either Fitzpatrick or the Rookie they draft.

  5. danno1212 says: Feb 19, 2013 9:20 PM

    As a Bears fan that had seen him play twice a year when he was with the Vikings, I think they have over payed a bit.

  6. mydoglouie says: Feb 19, 2013 9:40 PM

    A Lot of effort done to report on one year contract

  7. ketch20too says: Feb 19, 2013 10:42 PM

    A forever journey man who has no real shot at starting. Tough as a rail road tie, but a below average to flat out bad QB.

  8. dretwann says: Feb 19, 2013 10:49 PM

    Does anyone know why these contract terms are a made public since the NFL is a private entity? Just curious. I like my privacy and I am sure the players do too? I wouldn’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry in my millions.

  9. 69firebird says: Feb 19, 2013 11:21 PM

    “Per a source with knowledge” in the last PFT article said the signing bonus was $450K and now PFT is reporting in this article it’s $500K. Maybe you should get the facts straight before you actually post the article. Ever think of that?

  10. phloorioisanarcissist says: Feb 20, 2013 12:15 AM

    I am baffled how this guy is still in the league.

  11. jeremycrowhurst says: Feb 20, 2013 12:30 AM

    Fitzpatrick’s cap number was the 18th highest for QB’s in the league; his QB rating was 17th. His TD % went up, his INT % went down, from last season. I don’t know where this perception is that the Bills somehow botched that contract. They got exactly what they paid for.

    Same thing with Tarvaris: they paid for a backup, and that’s what they got.

  12. bartlettruss says: Feb 20, 2013 8:52 AM

    Given that he’s unlikely to take 50% of the snaps this is basically a $500,000 contract. Isn’t that below the league minimum?

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