For comparison here is Terrell Suggs' deal:
Suggs, 20, will sign a five-year contract that, in terms of upfront money, total base value and potential escalators, is among the top deals in the first round, a solid increase over the contract in the corresponding slot of the 2002 draft.
The initial signing bonus for the contract is $2 million and the second-tier option bonus is $4.25 million. There is also a guaranteed minimum playing time incentive of $1.05 million. So the combined bonuses, fully guaranteed, total $7.3 million and will be paid out by the end of Suggs' second season in the league, which is a very favorable distribution schedule.
In addition, the base salary for 2003 is $1.1 million, and the base value of the contract is $10.09 million. Suggs can earn up to an additional $5 million in "escalators," which are largely based on his sack totals.
So Suggs has a base value of $10.09 mil with a total potential of $15.09 mil. One thing to note is that Suggs signed only a five year deal which was unusual (and probably the source of the hold-out) when most upper end 1st rounders last year were signing 7 year deals. Look for the Texans to sign Dunta to a six year deal--that is the max length this year because the contract can't go past the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.