Donald Stephenson Contract Details

Starting a separate thread because yesterday’s thread regarding new Denver Broncos OT Donald Stephenson may be getting lost in the shuffle.

Per Mike Klis’ article, these are the details regarding Stephenson’s contract.

2016: $6M in fully guaranteed salary in the form of a $3M signing bonus and a $3M base salary. His cap hit will be $4M. (EDIT: I incorrectly listed $3M as a roster bonus.)

2017: $4M in salary, guaranteed for injury only, becoming fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2017 league year. Cap hit would be $5M, releasing him would leave $2M in dead money.

2018: $4M in salary, not guaranteed. Cap hit would be $5M, releasing him would leave $1M in dead money.

So, in reality, it’s a one-year deal for $6M, then “we’ll see.”

Kris wrote that Stephenson is expected to start at right tackle.

Personally, I would expect the Broncos to draft another offensive tackle to groom, along with Ty Sambrailo. The Broncos will also need to decide what to do for a starting guard.

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