Running back Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t happy with a Jaguars contract that paid him $4.45 million in 2012 and $4.95 million in 2013. He can’t be thrilled, then, about his how first foray into free agency finished.
Per a source with knowledge of the contract details, Jones-Drew’s three-year contract with the Raiders has an annual average value of only $2.5 million.
Specifically, he’ll make $2.5 million each year. In 2014, the money comes from a $1.2 million fully guaranteed roster bonus, a non-guaranteed base salary of $1.2 million, and a workout bonus of $100,000.
Next year, the money comes from a $2.4 million salary (non-guaranteed) and a $100,000 workout bonus. The same formula applies in 2016.
Jones-Drew’s replacement in Jacksonville, Toby Gerhart, is getting $3.5 million per year on a three-year deal, with $4.5 million guaranteed. Former Colts tailback Donald Brown, now a Charger, has the same three-year package, with $4 million guaranteed.
While surely the best offer Jones-Drew received, it’s far short of what he thought he’d get on the open market. Which explains why the numbers didn’t come out until they were officially filed.
Still, it’s always better to be silent about a bad deal than to try to make a bad deal look better than it is by lying about the numbers.