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I think Sam also got his entire signing bonus paid up front.

All signing bonuses are paid up front. That’s literally the entire point and meaning of a signing bonus. The amount of that signing bonus is prorated by years of the contract only for the purpose of what counts against the salary cap each year, but the player gets the full signing bonus payment up front.

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Breaking down the terms of Sam Darnold's rookie contract

Now that Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has officially signed his rookie contract, it’s time to take a look at what exactly the deal entails.

Over the next four years, Darnold is set to make $30.2 million. His salary was never the reason for his brief training camp holdout, as he was slotted to make that amount of money regardless of the specific terms of the deal that general manager Mike Maccagnan and Darnold’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, had to work out.

Rather, it was the fine print that delayed things.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Darnold’s contract does indeed contain offset language on his future guarantees, in which case the Jets will get credit for any money he makes with another team in the event that he gets cut. Since Darnold and his representation gave in and accepted that offset language, the USC product received some other key terms in his contract.

For starters, Darnold will be paid his full $20 million signing bonus within the next 15 days — a rarity for any rookie — per Florio. All of the voiding language based on has been removed, meaning Darnold will have protection against league or team-imposed fines. He also obtained the same contract language as New York Giants first-round pick Saquon Barkley regarding a suspension for on-field rules violations.

In other words, the Jets will not be able to void Darnold’s guaranteed money if he gets suspended for lowering his helmet on a QB sneak on 4th & 1.

Darnold will also receive his training camp roster bonuses even if he winds up on the active/non-football injury when camp kicks off. This protects Darnold in the event that he, for example, breaks his arm playing football at his local YMCA like Steve Smith did in 2010 and can’t pass his physical.

Darnold’s holdout was never about money; it was about his agents ensuring that their client did not find himself being dealt the short end of the stick in the event of an unfortunate set of circumstances. It took some time, but New York’s No. 3 overall pick is now more likely to receive all of the money in his rookie contract than he was before he put pen to paper.


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