Rams have to make a decision on Jason Smith by first day of 2013 league year

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One of the interesting tweaks in the recent restructuring of Jason Smith’s contract is that, for 2013, his base salary of $12 million has been reduced to $750,000 with an $11.25 million roster bonus.

The only question is when the roster bonus comes due, given that it forces the Rams to make a decision on Smith before Week One of the regular season, when the $12 million would be, as a practical matter, guaranteed.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the $11.25 million comes due on the first day of the 2013 league year.  Which means that, if the Rams decide they don’t want to pay Smith $12 million next year, they’ll need to give Smith his freedom on the first day of free agency.

11 responses to “Rams have to make a decision on Jason Smith by first day of 2013 league year

  1. He is already paid for this year, so keep him and hope for a miracle that he finally exhibits some talent.
    But since that is not likely, after the season admit that he is a bust, let him go, and move on.

  2. Dump the pig. The quicker you rid yourself of this titanic bust the better off the franchise will be. Everyone makes mistakes … and this is a big, fat one. Pun intended.

  3. I think it’s rather obvious they won’t pay him that roster bonus.

    The real question is whether he stays healthy and contributes in 2012. And if so, do they try and sign him to a new, much more sensible deal.

  4. 4thquartermagic:
    Jason Smith is clearly gambling on himself here.

    Look for him to put up career best numbers in 2012

    Offensive lineman don’t put up numbers.

  5. As as seahawk fan, I hope he has a good year, but not a great year…….If he performs well and makes it a tough decision for the team at end of season……

  6. This guy blows in pass protection, trust me I watch every game… if he’s with another team next year, rams will be blessed

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