When the Bills announced that quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had signed a one-year deal to return to the team that traded for him last year, no financial details were disclosed or reported.
And all that that implies.
Typically, when the numbers don’t make it to the media within 24 hours after the deal is signed, the thinking is that there’s nothing about the numbers that justifies bragging.
That’s exactly what happened with Bills quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Per a source with knowledge of the contract, he has received a base salary of $1.25 million and a roster bonus of $450,000. The roster bonus gets paid out only if he’s on the roster for the first game.
Jackson also has received a $500,000 signing bonus, and he’s eligible for a $50,000 roster bonus.
And with an “open competition” declared at the quarterback position, Jackson can earn a total of $2.25 million in play-time incentives, if he takes 65 percent of the snaps on offense. If he takes at least 60 percent, he gets $1.25 million. Fifty percent of the snaps will earn $500,000 in incentives.
UPDATE 6:56 p.m. ET: The original version of this post was based on official numbers that, as recorded, omitted the signing bonus and the incentives.