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.