The details of the contract signed by former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison with the Cincinnati Bengals are in and the two-year deal maxes out at $4.45 million and included a $1.2 million signing bonus.
The former Defensive Player of the Year will earn base salaries in 2013 and 2014 of $1.4 million and $1.1 million respectively and the deal also includes roster bonuses of $300,000 in the first year and $250,000 in year two, per an agent. Part of those bonuses are believed to be based on games played, so some of it is likely to be deemed NLTBE.
In addition to roster bonuses, Harrison can also pocket $100,000 in workout bonuses in each of the two years.
On the surface, Harrison stands to make $3 million in 2013. That\’s what I would boil this deal down to and he very likely walked away from a little more that when he refused to take a pay cut with the Steelers.
Harrison was originally set to earn $6.57 million in 2013 in Pittsburgh and was reportedly asked to take a 30 percent reduction in pay.