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The Details Of Will Montgomery’s New Four-Year Contract

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

Both The Washington Post and Pro Football Talk reported the details of center Will Montgomery’s new four-year contract on Tuesday, and it includes an interesting year-by-year breakdown.

Montgomery

The contract, for $12 million, includes $50,000 in workout bonuses during the duration of the deal and $250,000 roster bonuses in the second, third and fourth years. But it’s during the first year – next season – where the numbers get funny.

Montgomery will make a base salary of $700,000, according to Pro Football Talk, with a $2.5 million roster bonus, bringing the total payment for services next year to nearly $3.5 million. Thus, if Montgomery makes the roster out of training camp, he’ll earn a nice paycheck.

Could that be a sign the Redskins don’t necessarily expect Montgomery to make the roster? It’s doubtful; at the very least, he’ll be on the team as a backup center. He started all 16 games last season, including two at left guard, and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 12th-best center in the run game.

Most large roster bonuses come near the end of a contract, when an aging player is given some incentive to perform and make the team as a worthy contributor. It’s just interesting to see a contract worded in such a way, especially for a team that has so much cap room (expected to be approximately $45 million).

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