When the Oakland Raiders signed lienbacker Aldon Smith to a two-year deal, it raised a few eyebrows, to say the least. The obvious reason is because Smith won’t be able to play until at least the middle of November, but after reading the details of Smith’s contract, it seems to make quite a bit more sense at this point.
The contract details were broken down by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who points out the following things:
- Base salary of $1.25 million each year
- No signing bonus and no guaranteed money
- $250,000 for each regular season game that Smith is on the 53-man roster
- $500,000 workout bonus (cannot earn in 2016 due to suspension)
- Up to $3.5 million in incentives each year
- Escalator in 2017 of $1.5 million based on total sacks from 2016
Obviously, the deal is very team-friendly, but specifically, it’ll force Smith to get onto the field as soon as he possibly can. Overall, it’s a really good deal for the Raiders, but it’s one that gives Smith another chance to step up and prove that he can still produce at a high level, as he’s only 26 years old currently.