Two years, $14 million for Taylor Heinicke in Atlanta

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The Falcons will be getting another quarterback, and he’ll be making a lot more than their current starter.

Per a source with knowledge of the terms, veteran Taylor Heinicke will sign a two-year contract that will pay him up to $20 million dollars, based on incentives.

The former Commander gets $4 million to sign, along with a $1 million roster bonus due on March 20. He also receives a guaranteed base salary of $1.32 million in 2023, and up to $680,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

For 2024, the contract has a base salary of $5 million, a $1.32 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the 2024 league year, and up to $680,000 in per-game roster bonuses.

The deal also includes up to $3 million per year in incentives, based on playing time, playoff appearances, and games started.

If Heinicke hits all incentives, he’ll make $20 million.

In contrast, starter Desmond Ridder is in the second season of a four-year, $5.36 million deal. This year, he’ll make only $948,000.

Still, the move is being viewed as an endorsement of Ridder as the starter for the next two years, with Heinicke as the veteran insurance policy. Ridder’s contract is simply a product of where he was drafted. If he performs well, he’ll be eligible for a second contract after the 2024 regular season.

9 responses to “Two years, $14 million for Taylor Heinicke in Atlanta

  1. Taylor Heinicke is a local kid. Somewhat of home coming laced with business angles.

  2. It must be great to be a backup QB in the NFL. This is a good move for diversity but it does not preclude the Falcons from taking a QB in the 1st round.

  3. Really hate to lose him here – a great backup and teammate. Happy for him that he’s headed back home.

  4. Great guy. Great teammate. Thankful for his time here in Washington. Wish him well. All that said – they prob could have had him for half the price if they waited a bit.

  5. Sad to see him go from Washington. He was the only reason I made up with the team and put off a final divorce. I likely will finalize the deal and be done with them forever now.

  6. You wonder why coaches get fired so often. The problem is the guys doing the hiring know close to nothing about the business. Nothing is going to change. Atlanta will have a new coach soon.

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