No roster bonus games, no “it’s really a one-year deal” funny stuff. The Browns committed to both players, and spent $15 million in signing bonuses to do so -- $6 million for Dansby, $9 million for Whitner.
Here are the details:
Dansby was given $6 million to sign and will receive a $4 million guaranteed base salary this season. He’ll be paid $4 million in 2015 with half that guaranteed -- thus he signed for $12 million in guaranteed money. The final two years of the deal call for $5 million each year.
Total contract: Four years, $24 million.
Whitner received a $9 million signing bonus and a $2 million base salary this season that is guaranteed. He’ll be paid a $4.5 million base salary in 2015 that is guaranteed on the 15th day of the league year. Barring catastrophe, Whitner will be on the team both seasons, and thus is guaranteed $15.5 million.
Whitner's contract calls for $6.2 million in 2016 and $6.3 million in 2017.
Total contract: Four years, $28 million.
Clearly, since there are no machinations in the deals, the Browns believe in these guys.
And clearly, it’s understandable why they and their new teammates are smiling in this photo from Joe Haden’s Twitter feed (@JoeHaden23) that shows Jabaal Sheard, Josh Gordon and Haden welcoming them to the Browns:
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) March 12, 2014