KUSA - Contract details for Denver Broncos’ new offensive linemen Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson have been obtained by 9NEWS.
Leary, who will likely play left guard, received a four-year, $36 million contract with an impressive $18.75 million fully guaranteed at signing.
Watson, who will play right tackle, received a three-year, $18.75 million deal that includes $5.375 fully guaranteed at signing.
For the Broncos, that’s a combined fully guaranteed commitment of $23.75 million for their two new offensive linemen, $54.75 million in all.
The most impressive aspect of Leary’s contract is the $11 million in 2017 cash alone, broken up into a $3.5 million signing bonus, $5 million roster bonus and $2.5 million salary.
Leary’s $7.65 million salary in 2018 is also fully guaranteed. He also has $250,000 in cumulative per-game roster bonuses and a $100,000 workout bonus so if Leary plays in all 16 games in 2018 he will collect $8 million.
In each of the final two years of Leary’s contract, 2019 and 2020, he is scheduled to make a $8.15 million salary, $250,000 in per game roster bonuses and $100,000 workout bonuses. His 2019 salary is guaranteed against injury only.
The most significant aspect of Watson’s contract is he received a $4 million signing bonus, $1.5 million salary, $125,00 workout bonus and $500,000 in cumulative per game roster bonuses for $6.125 million in 2017. (Donald Stephenson got $6 million in year one pay last season).
Watson then has a $5.5 million salary guaranteed against injury only in 2018 and non-guaranteed $5.5 million salary in 2019.