The busiest day for transactions included news of a new linebacker deal that, like the Cowboys' Jason Smith, had a knee problem to keep him from getting a big paycheck in 2016.
On Saturday, Jaguars linebacker Miles Jack received his big paycheck. And how.
Here are the full details of a four-year extension signed Saturday by a player who has become in many ways the heart and soul of Jacksonville's defense.
1. Signing bonus: $ 12 million
2. Base salary for 2019: $ 1.3313787 million, fully guaranteed.
3. Base salary by 2020: $ 12.75 million, fully guaranteed.
4. Base Salary 2021: $ 9.5 million, of which $ 7 million is guaranteed for signature damage and which becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the league in 2020 (not 2021).
5. 2022 base salary: $ 10.5 million.
6. 2023 base salary: $ 11.25 million.
7. Workout bonuses: $ 250,000 a year, from 2020 to 2023
8. Professional Buy Incentives: $ 125,000 a year, 2020 through 2023
9. 2023 Escalator: Up to $ 400,000, based on Jack making the Pro Bowl, and the Jaguars making the playoffs from 2019 to 2022, with $ 100,000 in 2023 escalators triggered every time that happens.
The deal pays out $ 26.06 million with full signing guarantees, which ranks second after Jets linebacker CJ Mosley among inside linebackers. Also, fully bailing out for the 2021 March 2020 guarantee means that Jack will either have $ 33.06 million fully guaranteed within six months, or receive $ 26.06 million in one year.
Throw in the extra $ 2.5 million in 2021 salary, and Jack views as a practical matter $ 35.56 million in hand over the next three years. Or $ 33.06 million in two years or, again, $ 26.06 million in one year.
$ 57 million in new money (an average of $ 14.25 million) is the third highest among domestic players and he receives $ 15.2 million in the first three years. The average signing value is $ 11.66 million a year.
The deal also does not include a game roaming bonus (unlike the vast majority of veteran deals), which means that nothing is tied to Jack's ability to respond and play any or all
For the Jaguars, Jack's signing releases the defensive end franchise tag for Yanik Ngakue in 2020 if they decide to do so, or keep him for another year, or achieve Dee Ford / Frank Clark-sticker and trade.