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10 percent of Griffin’s pay is tied to being on the game-day roster

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The details are in on the Robert Griffin III contract with the Browns. For a change, they mesh with the value that was originally reported: two years, $15 million. With a 10-percent caveat.

Of the $7.5 million base amount for each year, $750,000 is tied to Griffin’s ability to suit up every Sunday as part of the 46-man roster. For each game that he’s not on the active roster, $46,875 isn’t earned.

The $6.75 million in guaranteed money comes from a $3.5 million signing bonus and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $3.25 million in 2016.

In 2017, the Browns owe Griffin a $750,000 roster bonus on the third day of the league year, a trigger that forces the Browns to make an early decision on whether to keep him for the season at a base salary of $6 million, along with another $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

Another $3.5 million is available per year in incentives based on playing time, passing yards, and passer rating. The specific triggers aren’t yet known; that information will go a long way toward revealing whether Griffin can earn the money.

He can’t earn it if he’s not playing, and his contract doesn’t scream “starter.” Indeed, the value of the deal puts him in the upper reaches of the veteran backup market, with a contract relatively comparable to the one given by the Eagles to Chase Daniel.

Whether Griffin is the starter for all or most of the 2016 season will hinge on whether the team makes another move at quarterback. Specifically, whether the Browns use the second overall pick on someone like Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.

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20 Responses to “10 percent of Griffin’s pay is tied to being on the game-day roster”
  1. jjb0811 says: Mar 28, 2016 5:34 AM

    Not saying RG is the answer, but these QB’s coming out are all backups. Goff is small and noodle armed & under .500 at college, Wentz played at a level just above HS and the Paxton was stymied by a .500 Auburn team in that bowl game.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Mar 28, 2016 6:11 AM

    We will learn how good of a coach Hue Jackson is, I think he an do a lot of good things, but for Cleveland to turn this whole thing around from the factory of sadness it needs to start even above him.

    They need at least 3 solid draft classes and that would just be to hover around .500 and have a chance to learn how to win close games. Look at the Bengals that struggled for quite some time, then drafted Palmer had to learn how to win close games, same with Andy Dalton, the thing is I don’t know if there is QB worth taking with there Oline being dismantled, why draft QB right away? RG3 may not make through the season then hope the rookie can dodge bltizers?

  3. ishallcomment says: Mar 28, 2016 6:15 AM

    Brows did something right!

    Bob can’t stay healthy, bob don’t get paid.

  4. touchdownelvis says: Mar 28, 2016 7:02 AM

    Serious question for the amateur capologists.

    Given that he wasn’t on the gameday roster for most of last season, do they fall under Not Likely To Be Earned incentives (and therefore not count against the 2016 cap, but against the 2017 cap if they are in fact earned)? Or does that only apply to positional and/or total snapcount stats?

  5. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Mar 28, 2016 7:22 AM

    Great pic, a shot of RGIII doing what RGIII does best – get injured and turn over the ball. It’s almost getting boring watching the Browns flail and fail as they pathetically attempt to raise this Titanic they so long ago sunk. LOL!!!

  6. oldcracker says: Mar 28, 2016 7:25 AM

    Well, it will be interesting to see how long Bob Griffin, Josh McCown, and all the other QB’s will be standing with the penny-pinching of the Harvard “geniuses.”

    I say it will look like Couch or Colt McCoy all over again. Can you say, “CTE?”

  7. Mike Florio says: Mar 28, 2016 7:28 AM

    The per-game roster bonuses count toward the cap in the year they are due to be earned. They’re not incentives.

  8. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 28, 2016 8:14 AM

    They are better off bringing back Johnny Football
    than bringing in a stupid running QB.

  9. stew48 says: Mar 28, 2016 8:25 AM

    If the Browns draft a qb, it will not be until the mid rounds. Here is a bet I would like to make: their first choice will be the best OL according to their evaluations. Their second choice will be the best OL then available. You think they don’t see what you see?

  10. ariani1985 says: Mar 28, 2016 8:50 AM

    Rooting for you RG3 WIPES!

  11. abninf says: Mar 28, 2016 9:03 AM

    shaggytoodle says:

    They need at least 3 solid draft classes and that would just be to hover around .500 and have a chance to learn how to win close games.
    =========================================

    That will never happen. The owner would fire him after the first or second .500 season.

  12. captainwhodat says: Mar 28, 2016 9:18 AM

    rg3 or mcclown…doesn’t matter…4-12 team that may go 6-10 and, if it does, should win HJ coach of the year with the lack of talent on that roster…

  13. 700levelvet says: Mar 28, 2016 11:02 AM

    When does his new “brand” come out?

  14. steelerben says: Mar 28, 2016 11:04 AM

    Here’s to hoping that Haslam is impressed enough with the idea of Moneyball that he hangs on to the coaching staff and front office for a long enough period of time to let the roster catch up to the scheme. Once the media and fans start applying pressure to win now, all bets are off.

  15. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 28, 2016 11:16 AM

    If he hits all incentives it is the same area were they could have gotten Kap.

  16. pocketsstraight says: Mar 28, 2016 11:22 AM

    touchdownelvis says:
    Mar 28, 2016 7:02 AM
    Serious question for the amateur capologists.

    Given that he wasn’t on the gameday roster for most of last season, do they fall under Not Likely To Be Earned incentives (and therefore not count against the 2016 cap, but against the 2017 cap if they are in fact earned)? Or does that only apply to positional and/or total snapcount stats?

    ============================================

    All three would be considered “Not Likely” since the player was active last season and unable to trigger any threshold (incentive thresholds must be greater than 0).

  17. pocketsstraight says: Mar 28, 2016 11:35 AM

    I think it’s disingenuous to call RG3’s deal worse than Chase Daniels.

    Chase has a base 3 year, $21M contract ~ $7M per year.
    In reality it’s a $1M signing bonus, $3M Roster Bonus, $1M base salary first year and $7M base salary each with a $1M roster bonus of the next two years with some incentives. Essentially Chase can be cut after one year having been paid $5 with no further obligations (unless he’s injured) — The $12M guarantee that’s been reported is for injury, not skill.

    RG3’s contract is $7.5M per year for two years with incentives that are reachable (assuming he’s healthy) and bonuses if he meets certain thresholds (to be seen). I think RG3’s contract is definitely a better deal for the player.

  18. defscottyb says: Mar 28, 2016 11:42 AM

    As a Skins fan I’m saying the Browns stole him cheap. If he’s healthy and they let him do what he does best he’s a top 3 QB in the NFL. Very accurate and fast too.

  19. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 28, 2016 1:18 PM

    I think RG still has a lot of potential. The Washington football team is/was a dumpster fire. Nobody could succeed there.

    He’s better than any QB coming out in this years draft, the Browns would be better suited to put talent around him and start building. I’m more worried that he’s going to continue to get killed behind that putrid O-Line, no WR talent and no running game to take the pressure off.

    It’s not funny anymore.

  20. shaggytoodle says: Mar 28, 2016 10:36 PM

    abninf says:
    Mar 28, 2016 9:03 AM

    That will never happen. The owner would fire him after the first or second .500 season.
    ______________

    Then they can continue to stink…

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