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Breaking down James Ihedigbo's contract

3/28/2014

The Detroit Lions added their safety earlier this week, signing former Raven James Ihedigbo to a two-year deal.

Now the particulars have come out. The two-year deal is worth $3.15 million, with a $1.15 million cap hit in 2014 and a $2 million hit in 2015. The deal, though, could be an easily cuttable one in 2015 if the club so chooses.

In 2014, Ihedigbo will receive his full guarantee, which is a $750,000 signing bonus. Then his base salary is $725,000, and he has a $25,000 workout bonus as well.

In 2015, when his cap value is $2 million, his cash value is $1.625 million. That is broken down into a $1.1 million base salary, a $500,000 roster bonus and a $25,000 workout bonus. There are no guarantees in the contract for the 2015 season.

That has been the formula for most of Detroit's contracts this offseason: Decent-to-good signing bonuses with guarantees up front and then cuttable years on the back end of every deal lasting more than a season.

After adding Ihedigbo, the team has $7.61 million invested in five safeties: Glover Quin ($4.55 million), Ihedigbo, Isa Abdul-Quddus ($695,000), Dejon Gomes ($645,000) and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah ($570,000).