The numbers on McCourty’s contract


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We’ve got the numbers for Devin McCourty’s deal, per NFLPA documents, and as a practical matter, they look like this …

SIGNING BONUS
$1.5 Million

ROSTER BONUS
2010: $680,000

ONE-TIME PLAY-TIME INCENTIVE
$1.54 Million

OPTION BONUS
2011: $3.38 Million

BASE SALARIES
2010: $320,000
2011: $405,000
2012: $505,000
2013: $650,000
2014: $870,000

WORKOUT BONUSES
2012: $50,000
2013: $50,000
2014: $50,000

TOTAL: $10 Million

There’s a $3.2 million escalator on the back end that brings you to the five-year max total of $13.2 million.

Remember how they needed to get around the option bonus (and how it held up this negotiation)? Here’s how they did it … As the contract reads right now, McCourty has salaries of $1.25 million, $1.5 million, $1.75 million and $870,000 from 2011-14 and they’re all guaranteed. Once the Patriots pick up that option, the numbers revert to those above and only his 2011 salary is guaranteed.

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So if the Patriots are going to let McCourty go in 2011 and not pick up his option, they’d have to pay him $5.37 million. That’s obviously quite a motivator to pay that bonus (Would you pay that much to have someone not play for you?), and makes it virtually guaranteed.