Dalton’s deal pays a firm $10 million, in the form of a $7.5 million signing bonus and a $2.5 million non-guaranteed base salary. He can make up to $3 million in incentives, based on individual performance, playing time, and playoff victory incentives in 2021.
Fitzpatrick, in contrast, got $6 million to sign and a $3 million non-guaranteed salary. The extra $1 million comes from per-game roster bonuses. He can make another $2 million based on playing time, starts, win, playoff qualification, and individual performance incentives.
So Dalton will get $10 million no matter what; Fitzpatrick will get $10 million only if he’s on the active roster all season. The upside for Dalton is $13 million, and the upside for Fitzpatrick is $12 million.
The contracts mean both are penciled in as the starters. If either or both the Bears and Washington use a first-round pick on a quarterback, that could change.