The Jets signed Landry to a one-year deal with a maximum value of $3.5 million earlier this week. But half of that amount -- $1.75 million -- is tied up in a weekly roster bonus contingent on him being on the active 46-man roster, per a person with knowledge of the deal's specifics. That person requested anonymity because the team has not announced the terms of the deal.It's genius. Part of my concern with the Jets deal for Landry was giving him a bunch of money and him never actually seeing the field due to his injuries. In this sort of an arrangement, the Jets have smartly figured out a way to protect themselves in the event that Landry can't play.
Landry will earn a $700,000 base salary in 2012 that is fully guaranteed, and also received a $950,000 signing bonus and $100,000 workout bonus. That money totals to $1.75 million.
The rest of the money is in a $1.75 million roster bonus, paid out in sums of $109,375 for each game Landry suits up for.
Details of the LaRon Landry contract have emerged explaining how the Jets structured his deal to prevent the risk of paying a player who won't be healthy enough to hit the field. According to Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger, $1.75 million of the deal is tied into him actually being an active member of the roster come Sunday.