The Linval Joseph contract details

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Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has become the latest Vikings defensive veteran to get a new contract. PFT has gotten its eyes on the full details.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, here are the terms:

1. Signing bonus of $6 million, half of which will be paid within 10 days of signing and the other half of which will be paid on March 15, 2018.

2. Fully-guaranteed 2017 roster bonus of $4 million, due within 10 days of signing.

3. A fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.15 million for 2017.

4. A $5 million roster bonus for 2018, guaranteed for injury only at signing. It becomes fully guaranteed on March 15, 2018, with half paid on March 17, 2018 and the other half paid on September 1, 2018.

5. A $1.15 million base salary for 2018, guaranteed for injury only at signing and fully guaranteed as of the third day of the 2018 league year.

6. A 2019 base salary of $8.9 million, which is guaranteed for injury only at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2019 league year.

7. A 2020 base salary of $11.15 million, $5.3 million of which is guaranteed for injury only at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2020 league year.

8. A non-guaranteed base salary of $10.65 million for 2021.

9. A non-guaranteed base salary of $11.9 million for 2022.

10. 46-man roster bonuses totaling $500,000 per year for 2019 through 2022.

11. $100,000 workout bonuses for 2018 through 2022.

The end result is $11.15 million fully guaranteed of signing, and $31.5 million guaranteed for injury at signing. He’ll make $11.15 million in 2019, $17.4 million through the first two years, $26.9 million through 2019, $38.65 million through 2020, $49.9 million through 2021, and $62.4 million through 2022.

Under a new-money analysis, the $12.5 million annual average makes Joseph the eighth highest-paid defensive tackle.

11 responses to “The Linval Joseph contract details

  1. Sounds like the Vikings got a steal. Joseph is the best nose tackle in the league and they have him locked up for a relatively low price.

  2. The Vikings resign the players they like before they become free agents. The Packers allow the players they like to become free agents, let other teams drive up the price, and then lose them or overpay to resign them. Then they brag about how successful they were in free agency by resigning most of their own free agents. It’s just two different ways of doing business.

  3. A $1.15 million base salary for 2018, guaranteed for injury only at signing and fully guaranteed as of the third day of the 2018 league year.

    His agent will probably come out after the end of the season and whine about how he is underpaid since his 2018 salary is only $1.15M.

  4. What jumps out at me, and what makes sense, is how 2018 is pretty light. He makes his money other years. That will allow the Vikings to pay big money for Barr, Kendricks, Teddy/Bradford, and Hunter.

  5. His agent knows what he’s doing. Quite a number of “fully guaranteed on the third day of the —- league year” terms. That’s how it should be.

    That way, if he gets cut, he has the flexibility of finding another team while that team still has cap space available.

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