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Monday, March 19, 2012
John Abraham didn't get $12 million a year

By Pat Yasinskas

I just got a look at all the details of the contract defensive end John Abraham signed to stay with the Atlanta Falcons last week.

As you might have guessed, it’s worth nowhere near the $12 million a season Abraham, who is about to turn 34, said he wanted before the start of free agency. In fact, the three-year deal averages $5.573 million per season.

Abraham is going to make far less in each of the three seasons than the $8 million he made last season in the final year of his old deal.

Abraham received a $2.25 million signing bonus. He’ll make $1.5 million in base salary this season. He also has two roster bonuses this year, worth a combined $2.156 million. Some of that is tied to how many games Abraham, who has had some injuries in the past, participates in. Abraham’s salary-cap figure for this season will be $4.4 million.

In 2013, Abraham’s base salary raises to $3.25 million, and he’s scheduled to receive the exact same bonuses he’ll get this year. His 2013 cap figure is $6.16 million.

In 2014, Abraham’s base salary, roster bonuses and cap figure stay exactly the same as in 2013. There also are escalator clauses that could raise Abraham’s salary for unspecified amounts in 2013 and 2014.