According to documents obtained by ESPN.com, only the first two years of Bowers’ contract are guaranteed. That’s pretty much the norm for second-round draft picks. Most first-round picks have deals that are guaranteed for four years.
Bowers initially was viewed as a potential top-10 overall pick, but tumbled to the second round due to his surgically repaired knee. The Bucs took him at No. 51 overall and the total value of his four-year deal is $3,855,636, and his average per year is $963,909. They paid him a $1,304,100 signing bonus. His 2011 salary will be $375,000. In 2012, it jumps to $550,256. Bowers’ base salary rises to $725,512 in 2013 and $900,768 in 2014.