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Jairus Byrd contract breakdown: Saints safety due nearly $28M first three years

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New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd's contract has been filed with the NFL Players Association, providing a look into how his money will be broken down over the next six years.

The total money is $54 million, with $27.9 million in guarantees. His signing bonus, which gets prorated for salary-cap purposes, was for $11 million.

Byrd's base salary for this year will be fully guaranteed but only $1.3 million, allowing him to fit under the Saints' tight salary cap. His cap number will be $3.5 million.

Next year, his base salary will nudge to $2 million and he can begin to earn a yearly $100,000 workout bonus. He'll have a $6 million roster bonus. The cap number will jump to $10.3 million.

His base salary for 2016 will be $7.4 million ($6 million guaranteed if released for injury reasons), with no roster bonus. He'll have a $9.7 million cap figure.

Over the final three years of Byrd's deal, his base pay will be $7.9 million, $8.4 million and $8.6 million. He'd receive a $300,000 roster bonuses in each.

His cap numbers for those years would be $10.9 million, $10.9 million and $8.7 million.

Players frequently reach the end of their contracts before getting cut or restructuring, but Byrd can make $27.9 million over the first three years of his deal. He will be just 30 by then.

  • WHAT?

    Curious if he will see the last three years or not. Those are high figures. Saints may be counting on cap going up a lot by then.

  • BullGuy

    A better article would have been to compare this to the Bills last offer. Was Byrd getting a better deal in Buffalo or New Orleans?

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