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Mr. Laz
07-03-2010, 11:05 AM
Kendrick Lewis Reportedly Receives No Signing Bonus From Chiefs, Guaranteed Roster Bonus Instead

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/profile_images/240996/headshot_tiny.jpg by Joel Thorman (http://www.sbnation.com/users/Joel%20Thorman) on Jul 3, 2010 9:00 AM PDT (http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2010/7/3/1550812/kendrick-lewis-reportedly-receives) in 2010 Kansas City Chiefs Season (http://www.arrowheadpride.com/section/2010-campaign) http://cdn3.sbnation.com/images/icons/comment.v1599.png 0 comments

Fifth round pick Kendrick Lewis (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109203/Kendrick_Lewis) became the first Chiefs (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/KAN) draft pick to agree to terms this week. The Chiefs, per club policy, did not release any financial terms of the deal.

Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog (http://www.macsfootballblog.com/2010/07/kendrick-lewis-contract-details.html), citing a league source, has some details on the deal (Mac's Football Blog is the site that does an awesome job of tracking all rookie signings (http://www.macsfootballblog.com/2010/04/2010-nfl-rookie-signing-status.html)). Lewis has standard base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and Lewis' $575,000 base salary in 2013 can increase by as much as $845,000, which would push the maximum value of his four-year deal to $2.841 million dollars.
There are some other details that make this a unique contract.

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Last year,we learned that the Chiefs had been signing their late round picks to three-year deals (known as the Pittsburgh model) so the presumption was that Lewis was no different and received three years and a signing bonus in line with the contracts signed before and after him.

However, McIntrye reports that it was a four-year deal -- but with no signing bonus.

Instead, McIntrye reports, Lewis received a roster bonus of $206,900 on July 1 that was fully guaranteed. Per the NFL's slotting system, if he had received a signing bonus it likely would have been in the same neighborhood as that number so, for Lewis, the money comes out the same.

So why did the Chiefs do this? Frankly, I'm not sure. Two things are puzzling about this:

First, A signing bonus could be spread out over the life of the contract which would lessen the impact on the rookie pool. A roster bonus is not. As McIntyre says, this is a puzzling approach with a top five pick left to sign.

Second -- and this isn't as big of a deal -- but the roster bonus isn't subject to forfeiture in the event Lewis violates his contract in some way.
I'll try to track down some more details on this but right now I'm not sure why it was structured this way. Knowing the Chiefs, there was some sort of advantage that people like myself have yet to comprehend.

teedubya
07-03-2010, 11:41 AM
We just need to sign Eric Ber-ry.... Eric Berry. Eric Ber-ry.... Eric Berry.

Gonzo
07-03-2010, 11:48 AM
We just need to sign Eric Ber-ry.... Eric Berry. Eric Ber-ry.... Eric Berry.

That'll happen after the 2nd week of camp I'm sure.
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chiefzilla1501
07-03-2010, 11:58 AM
The major advantage is that he costs $0 to cut. Granted, it would only have costed them $200K to cut anyway. Definitely really strange.

Is it also possible that the Chiefs are trying to maximize the amount spent on the rookie pool before they get to Berry so that Berry has less leverage to negotiate a contract with outrageous numbers? Just curious.

KCrockaholic
07-03-2010, 12:50 PM
Teams need to start signing their 1st round picks, because until then, Berry is not getting signed. And he has the same agent as Albert Haynesworth, so that stupid **** is going to slow up the process even more IMO.

BossChief
07-03-2010, 12:53 PM
I would guess it would give us some advantage once there is a cap reinstated as a signing bonus is spread through a couple years but a roster bonus is over and done with once its dished out. :shrug:

BigChiefFan
07-03-2010, 12:55 PM
Pay now, so we'll have more money in the future, if and when the team gets better.

Mr. Laz
07-03-2010, 01:41 PM
Pay now, so we'll have more money in the future, if and when the team gets better.
it would sure fit the "be-patience-10-year" plan we have going so far.

current 50-60 million dollar payroll sure leaves us enough room

Chocolate Hog
07-03-2010, 02:15 PM
We just need to sign Eric Ber-ry.... Eric Berry. Eric Ber-ry.... Eric Berry.

LOL if they don't play that song at Arrowhead whoever is in charge of that shit should be fired.

mcaj22
07-03-2010, 06:46 PM
Teams need to start signing their 1st round picks, because until then, Berry is not getting signed. And he has the same agent as Albert Haynesworth, so that stupid **** is going to slow up the process even more IMO.



Ugh you gotta be kidding me. I didn't know this until now. That shithead has got to be the worst peckerhead of an agent in the league.

KCrockaholic
07-04-2010, 12:30 AM
Ugh you gotta be kidding me. I didn't know this until now. That shithead has got to be the worst peckerhead of an agent in the league.

Yep....And if Berry is late to camp it will be Chad Specks fault. Not Berry's. Berry has publicly announced that he wants his agent to just "get something done" so that he is in camp on time....Not that his agent will listen to him. He is going to milk the Chiefs for all their worth, not just for Berry's sake, but for himself. Lets just hope the Haynesworth crap is finished soon so he can worry more about Berry.

lostcause
07-04-2010, 12:50 AM
I would also guess that it is in the teams interest to front load as much as possible in an uncapped year, and free up as much money as possible for later years when we do have cap. While we do have a huge amount of money available right now, it only takes a few big signings to account for 50 mill.

J Diddy
07-04-2010, 08:42 AM
Yep....And if Berry is late to camp it will be Chad Specks fault. Not Berry's. Berry has publicly announced that he wants his agent to just "get something done" so that he is in camp on time....Not that his agent will listen to him. He is going to milk the Chiefs for all their worth, not just for Berry's sake, but for himself. Lets just hope the Haynesworth crap is finished soon so he can worry more about Berry.




Could I be mistaken or can he not fire his agent for not doing what he wanted.

Chiefaholic
07-04-2010, 08:56 AM
Could I be mistaken or can he not fire his agent for not doing what he wanted.

Of course he can. But, don't let his public words to the media fool you. Just like 99% of athletes out there, he wants to get paid as much as possible.

J Diddy
07-04-2010, 09:06 AM
Of course he can. But, don't let his public words to the media fool you. Just like 99% of athletes out there, he wants to get paid as much as possible.

Oh trust me. I am not fooled in the slightest. I know ultimately he has the final say. I also know that even if it was considered to be a bad deal it will most likely be more than I hope to see in a lifetime.


I love the whole it's the gms fault or the agents fault action. To me an agent is someone who's hired to like look the bad guy so after the dude is signed people will still like him enough to buy his jerseys.

chiefzilla1501
07-04-2010, 05:26 PM
Ugh you gotta be kidding me. I didn't know this until now. That shithead has got to be the worst peckerhead of an agent in the league.

We'll see. I'm not going to blame the agent because the team he negotiated with (the Redskins) were idiots and because his client (Haynesworth) is an idiot.

-King-
07-04-2010, 11:30 PM
Yep....And if Berry is late to camp it will be Chad Specks fault. Not Berry's. Berry has publicly announced that he wants his agent to just "get something done" so that he is in camp on time....Not that his agent will listen to him. He is going to milk the Chiefs for all their worth, not just for Berry's sake, but for himself. Lets just hope the Haynesworth crap is finished soon so he can worry more about Berry.

Playing devils advocate but what else can he say? "I want my agent to drag ghis out as long as possible so that i can get that moolah! Fuck yeah!!!"
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BossChief
07-05-2010, 12:45 AM
Berry has an agent that is gonna be shooting for a bigger contract than last years #5 pick which happened to be a quarterback (Sanchez) or at least on level with that deal. I can see Pioli wanting to pay less than that deal and not having Berry till two weeks into camp or more. I hate saying that and hope it plays out differently, but I wouldnt be a bit surprised to see it play out that way one bit. I think if he makes it to camp within the first week, it will be a huge WIN for us.