The San Diego Chargers announced on Friday that they had re-signed their promising inside linebacker Donald Butler to a new contract, but left out any terms. The only detail they gave was that it was a “multi-year” deal.
On Monday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport shed some light on the new contract.
Rapoport reveals that it is a seven-year, $48 million deal.
Like always, the devil is in the details. Looking closer at the deal, it’s really a three-year deal with options for the last four years. Pretty much two contracts in one. The first three years will net Butler just under $20 million, putting the yearly average at about $6.5 million a year. If he “balls out” the Chargers will have the option to keep him four more years but the yearly average will jump to about $9 million a year.
After everything is said and done, I think this is a good deal for both sides. Butler gets a guaranteed $28 million (after bonuses) out of this deal and if he shows his worth, he’ll get a big pay day earning an additional $20 million. If he doesn’t, well the team lets Butler become a free agent in three years.
H/T: Bolts From The Blue