Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, continues to sign one-year deals. His latest single-season contract is his second in a row with the Browns.
Here’s a look at the actual details of the deal, from a source with knowledge of the full terms:
1. Signing bonus: $8 million.
2. Base salary: $1.25 million, fully guaranteed.
3. Per-game roster bonus: Up to $750,000.
He also gets $500,000 for 65-percent playing time plus seven sacks or $1 million for 10 sacks, regardless of playing time.
So it’s a deal with $9.25 million in guarantees. To get to $10 million, he needs to be on the active roster for all 17 regular-season games. To get to $11 million, he needs to register 10 sacks.
For context, his career high in sacks is 9.5.
So it’ll take some work, durability, and production to get to $11 million. If he has that kind of a season, he’ll likely set himself up for the kind of long-term contract that has otherwise eluded one of the most disruptive defensive players of the past decade.