Reviewing the actual terms Mario's contract............Mario made out like a bandit..............and the Bills went to Las Vegas. With Mario's injury and questionable effort history, not only were the Texans nowhere close to being able to come anywhere close to structuring a reasonable contract that would work within the cap............nor were they evidently unwise enough to take what by almost every measure was a loser's bet. Mario, you would do well to just shut up, sell your Memorial home, buy a couple more Lamborghinis, stay healthy, start showing a consistently high motor, become sack king, make the Bills winners and Bills fans grateful that you are THEIR legacy.............NOT!
1. $19 million signing bonus.
2. $5.9 million fully guaranteed base salary in 2012.
3. $8 million option bonus in 2013.
4. $6.5 million base salary in 2013, guaranteed for injury only at the time of signing, fully guaranteed second day of 2013 league year.
5. $10.6 million roster bonus in 2014, guaranteed for injury only at time of signing.
6. $1.9 million base salary in 2014.
7. $1 million roster bonus in 2015.
8. $12.1 million base salary in 2015.
9. $2.5 million roster bonus in 2016.
10. $11.5 million base salary in 2016.
11. $3.5 million roster bonus in 2017.
12. $11.4 million base salary in 2017.
13. $100,000 workout bonus in 2012, with $500,000 workout bonuses in each year from 2013 to 2016.
13. $400,000 Pro Bowl incentives per year.
14. $400,000 in additional incentives per year.
The base value is $96 million. The incentives can push the deal to $100 million.
At the time of signing, the deal contains fully guaranteed money in the amount of $24.9 million.
Also, another $17.1 million is guaranteed for injury only at the time of signing; $6.5 million of it becomes fully guaranteed later. Itís unclear whether the $8 million option bonus is fully guaranteed; as a practical matter, it is.
Given the $10.6 million roster bonus due in 2014, itís a two-year, $40 million contract with a team-held option on the final four years. More accurately, itís a two-year contract with a one-year-at-a-time decision by the team as to whether it continues.
While itís a significant risk in the short term, the Bills can walk away if it doesnít work out.