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Eric Decker gets $3.85 million for one year, plus possible incentives

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The fact that the initial reports of receiver Eric Decker’s deal with the Titans included no financial details created the distinct impression that it wasn’t a very good deal. Judged against those reduced expectations, it’s really not a horrible contract.

Via Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Decker received a signing bonus of $2.5 million and a base salary of $1.35 million. That’s a base deal of $3.85 million. Decker also can earn up to $1.5 million in incentives.

The structure makes the base value deal essentially guaranteed. With $2.5 million already paid to Decker, the Titans will be more likely to keep him for the full year at $1.35 million. (Without the signing bonus, the Titans could have decided at the end of the preseason to save the $3.85 million and to give the roster spot to someone else.)

The triggers for the incentives haven’t been disclosed, making it impossible to know how easy or hard it will be for Decker to get all or some of the extra money. It’s also not known whether and to what extent other teams offered Decker a contract.

Beyond the $1.5 million in incentives, Decker has clear motivation to have a big year and hit the market in March, when the available money is always better than it is in June.

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3 Responses to “Eric Decker gets $3.85 million for one year, plus possible incentives”
  1. stevenr1227 says: Jun 21, 2017 12:18 PM

    Solid signing…Really looking forward to this season.

  2. purplepride11 says: Jun 21, 2017 12:34 PM

    Kind of weird that he wasn’t offered more by other teams. Makes me think something behind the scenes is wrong with his latest injury.

  3. tedmurph says: Jun 21, 2017 1:12 PM

    Good signing. Good player. Watch out for Tennesee this year. My sleeper team.

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