Three years, $15 million for A.J. Klein in New Orleans

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Linebacker A.J. Klein has stayed in the NFC South, but he has moved from the Carolina to New Orleans. He’ll be getting paid pretty well to do it.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Klein will make $15 million over three years in New Orleans.

Technically a four-year, $24 million contract, the 2020 salary of $9 million voids if he’s on the roster the last day of the 2019 league year. Which means that it’s a phony year that was added to drive the average per year from $5 millions to $6 million.

The package includes a $5 million signing bonus, a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.7 million in 2017, a base salary of $4.1 million in 2018 ($3.7 million of it is fully guaranteed), and a base salary of $4.1 million in 2019.

He has a $400,00 roster bonus due on the 15th day of the 2019 league year, and up to $400,000 in 2019 per-game roster bonuses.

The deal also has $100,000 workout bonuses in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

As a practical matter, it’s a two-year deal, $10 million deal with a team option for 2019 at $5 million — if he plays in all 16 games.

6 responses to “Three years, $15 million for A.J. Klein in New Orleans

  1. Good signing for the Saints. Gonna hate you on Sunday’s now.

    He filled in pretty good for Luke last year. He’ll be missed. Hopefully we can get something out of Mayo.

  2. Good deal for Saints. Carolina has been losing a lot of players the last 2 years.

  3. This one really upsets me. You can have Ted Ginn, his anvils for hands, and his track record at being a waste of skin when he plays for any team other than the Panthers. But I really wanted us to keep Klein. One of our LBs is bound to get hurt and miss some time, and Klein has been excellent when he filled in. I understand his desire to start and get a big contract. I just wish it could have been for someone else, preferably an AFC West team that we won’t play again until 2020.

    Good luck AJ – for 14 weeks, anyway. 🙂

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