Then, the Chiefs traded receiver Tyreek Hill — and Valdes-Scantling found himself in even greater demand.
He recently signed with the Chiefs. Here’s a look at the details of the three-year deal Valdes-Scantling signed in Kansas City.
1. Signing bonus: $6 million.
2. 2022 base salary: $2.56 million.
3. 2023 base salary: $8.56 million, $6.44 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing and becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year in 2023.
4. 2024 base salary: $11.56 million.
5. 2022-24 per-game roster bonus: $340,000 total.
6. 2022-24 workout bonus: $100,000.
The deal also includes up to $2 million per year in incentives, with $500,000 for 60-69 receptions or $1 million for 7–79 receptions or $1.4 million for 80-99 receptions or $2 million for 100 or more receptions. (He has never caught more than 38 passes in any of his four NFL seasons.)
It’s basically a one-year, $9 million deal. It becomes a two-year, $18 million contract, if he’s on the roster in March 2023.
And, yes, it’s a much better contract than the one-year, $3.25 million contract signed by receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster with the Chiefs, before Hill was traded.