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Comparing Rick Wagner, Riley Reiff contract numbers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
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Allen Park — The details are out on Rick Wagner’s five-year, $47.5 million deal with the Detroit Lions.

Wagner is getting a lot of money up front, a $14.5 million signing bonus, which amounts to nearly all of his $17.5 million in guarantees.

The deal includes base salaries of $3 million in 2017 and 2018 and $9 million the final three years of the contract. Wagner’s 2018 and 2019 base salaries are guaranteed only for injury.

For cap purposes, the $14.5 million bonus will be prorated over the duration of the contract. That's $2.9 million per season. That means Wagner’s cap hit in 2017 and 2018 will be $5.9 million. As long as he remains with the team, the cap hits will be $11.9 million 2019-2021.

For comparison, former Lions lineman Riley Reiff received a five-year, $58.8 million contract from the Minnesota Vikings. The deal included an $11 million signing bonus, $26.3 million in guarantees and cap hits of $8.4 million and $11.3 million in 2017 and 2018.

Reiff is expected to play left tackle for the Vikings, a position that pays significantly more on the open market. By the average annual value of his deal, Wagner will be the NFL's highest paid right tackle.

Below is a table detailing Wagner's deal.

YearBase SalarySigning BonusCap HitDead Money
2017$3,000,000$2,900,000$5,900,000$17,500,000
2018$3,000,000$2,900,000$5,900,000$11,600,000
2019$9,000,000$2,900,000$11,900,000$8,700,000
2020$9,000,000$2,900,000$11,900,000$5,800,000
2021$9,000,000$2,900,000$11,900,000$2,900,000

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