BOSTON (CBS) – The details of the Brandon Browner contract were made public by Mike Reiss and Field Yates on Monday, and it appears to offer the Patriots quite a bit of protection.
Browner is a skilled athlete, but has had trouble with the NFL’s substance abuse policy and that’s reflected in his new contract.
Browner’s deal for 3 seasons can be worth up to $16.8 million, but it is heavily incentive-laden.
There is only $1 million guaranteed, and that is his base salary for 2014. For the first season there is a $250,00 offseason workout bonus, a $500,000 bonus for making the roster, a $150,000 bonus for every game he’s on the active roster, and $1.25 million more in playing time incentives. The second and third seasons are set up in a similar fashion.
Simply put, the more he’s on the field, the more money he gets. This offers the team a lot of protection for a guy that could miss an entire season if he fails another drug test.
Gresh had one message for Patriots fans, “I hope people are smart enough to not complain about the salary cap.” He pointed out that this is a deal where New England is spending money on bonuses that isn’t necessarily reflected in their salary cap spending.
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