Thursday, July 26, 2012

By: Howard Balzer

The numbers are now in on the contract cornerback Janoris Jenkins signed with the Rams, and the reality is different from what his agent circulated at the time of the signing. In addition, there are indeed some significant protections in the contract for the Rams.

Initial reports had the total value of the deal worth more than $5 million with $3.1 million guaranteed. In actuality, the total value is $4,990,319 with $2,964,324 guaranteed. His signing bonus of $2,069,324 is lower than that of Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers, the seventh pick in the 2011 second round, whose bonus was $2,082,924.

Most notable is that the four years of base salaries in Jenkinsí contract are all at the league minimum: $390,000; $480,000; $570,000 and $660,000. Only one other player in the second round, Denver Broncos defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, has a second-year minimum base salary and no players selected in the second round have minimum bases in the third and fourth years of the contract.

In Jenkinsí deal, the first two years are guaranteed as well as $25,000 of the 2014 base.

The protection for the Rams is in the form of non-guaranteed roster bonuses totaling $820,995 in the last three years of the contract. He has to receive all of them to reach the $4.99 million total value of the contract.

The bonuses are $136,832 in 2013; $273,665 in 2014 and $410,498 in 2015. To earn the bonuses, Jenkins has to be on the teamís 53-man roster, reserve/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists on the first game of the regular season and have completed requirements for the teamís offseason workout program.

Johnson's contract: The figures are also in on the contract for cornerback Trumaine Johnson, the team's third-round pick. Johnson, who missed Wednesday's rookie practice because he overslept and missed his flight from Stockton, Calif., signed a four-year deal for $3,040,676 that includes a $671,176 signing bonus. His base salaries are $390,000; $499,000; $643,000 and $807,500. In 2013, $25,000 of his base salary is guaranteed and he also has a $30,000 guaranteed roster bonus to be paid on the first day of the 2013 league year. Except for this year, Johnson's base salaries are actually higher than those of Jenkins.

Johnson said he didn't hear his alarm go off Wednesday morning and got on a later flight, arriving in St. Louis at about 6 pm.