Originally Posted by Playmaker
I thought the signing bonus is separate from the contract money; meaning that Manning will get 34.5 mil plus 98 mil for the duration of the contract.
It is all in the wording of the announcement. Generally they announce the total package value including the signing bonus as in the $98 mil deal for Manning which includes the $34.5 signing bonus. Occasionally you will see a report stated akin to "he will receive $3 mil over the next four years, plus a $2 mil signing bonus." If you don't see something explicit the safe bet is they are including the signing bonus (and any other roster bonuses, etc.) in the total package value reported.