Dez Bryant’s contract with Saints heavy on incentives – (Saints Wire) Saints News

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Dez Bryant signed his contract on Thursday, details of which were reported first by Adam Schefter of ESPN. Per Schefter’s report, the former Dallas Cowboy’s one-year deal is worth as much as $1.75 million.

But that $1.75 million figure doesn’t tell the whole story. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, $500,000 of that is an incentive for receptions — though we don’t know the specific benchmarks Bryant will need to hit. And with half of the 2018 regular season already in the books, his base salary of $1.25 million will be prorated to $600,000; that means weekly game checks of about $75,000. For perspective, it’s only $21,777 more than the veteran minimum for a player with Bryant’s experience.

This is all just pennies for Bryant, who wanted to play for a contender and found one in New Orleans. He’ll get a chance to audition for other teams and show he’s still got it ahead of free agency in March 2019 while competing for a Super Bowl title with the Saints. New Orleans made salary cap room to afford Bryant on Wednesday with a contract restructuring from left tackle Terron Armstead, cutting him a check and giving the Saints some financial breathing room. It’s a situation where everyone found a way to win.

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