From CBS Sportsline's Pete Prisco's blog (scroll down to the March 5th entry) comes this nugget about all the guaranteed money that have been reported with recent signings. This was something I was kinda wondering about myself and it makes sense given all the crazy numbers being thrown around. I look forward to learning the details of the Broncos various signings.
Word of caution to all fans out there: Don't believe the contract numbers being thrown around for the free agents being signed.
Here's why: They're usually pumped up by the agent.
When safety Michael Lewis signed with the 49ers over the weekend, it was reported as a deal that included $10 million in guarantees. But, according to figures obtained by CBS SportsLine.com, the deal has almost $10 million in roster bonuses -- not guarantees.
Lewis will get a roster bonus of $3.5 million this season, and then if he plays well, he'll get one $3.5 next season and $3 million in 2009. If he doesn't play well, the 49ers can cut him without paying the last two.