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  • Jackson gets 5-year, $7 million deal with Rams

    Jackson gets 5-year, $7 million deal with Rams
    By Jim Thomas

    Of the Post-Dispatch







    Steven Jackson's first NFL contract is a five- year deal worth $7 million, according to NFL Players Association figures.

    But he could earn an additional $1.7 million through incentives and what are called "escalators."

    The running back from Oregon State earns a one-time bonus of $200,000 if he rushes for 800 yards this season. That's the incentive clause.

    In addition, Jackson's base salary in Year 5 of the contract could increase - or "escalate" by as much as $1.5 million if he reaches certain benchmarks:

    An additional $125,000 added to Year 5 for every Pro Bowl he makes over the next four seasons. (For a possible total increase of $500,000.)

    An additional $250,000 added to Year 5 for every 1,000-yard season he posts over the next four seasons. (For a possible total increase of $1 million.)

    As it stands now, Jackson is due a base salary of $832,000 in 2008 - the fifth year of his contract. His other base salaries are $660,000 in 2004, $337,500 in 2005, $502,500 in 2006 and $667,500 in 2007.

    Jackson gets a $2.05 million signing bonus, with $200,000 of that figure tied to offseason workouts. There's also a $1.95 million option bonus for the fifth year of the contract, payable after the '04 season.

    Obviously, it would take something extreme for the Rams not to exercise the option in the fifth year. And even if they didn't, the $1.95 million is guaranteed. (If the fifth year disappears, the $1.95 million is added to Jackson's base salaries in increments over '05, '06 and '07.)

    Jackson, agent Rocky Arceneau and Rams president of football operations Jay Zygmunt wrapped up the contract Saturday evening at a St. Louis restaurant, where Jackson was celebrating his 21st birthday. (Jackson's actual birth date was two days earlier, on July 22.)

    At the time of his signing, Jackson was only the fifth first-round draft pick to come to terms this year in the NFL. And by the time third-round draft pick Anthony Hargrove signed on Tuesday, just before boarding a bus for Macomb, the Rams had all seven draft picks in the fold. By way of comparison, the Arizona Cardinals had no picks signed at that time.

    "We're always trying to get them done as soon as we can," Zygmunt said. "A lot of times, these negotiations can take so many different twists and turns, you're never really sure what's going to happen until they're really completed."

    It marked the fourth time in six years that every Rams draft pick has been in training camp on time. The Rams haven't had a lengthy holdout by a draft pick since No. 1 overall selection Orlando Pace missed all of camp in 1997.

    "We're always happy when the draft picks are all in camp," Zygmunt said. "We believe it gives them the best chance to be able to make a contribution for the season. The sooner they get into the routine, then they get a chance to learn the system and really start preparing for the season."

    This was particularly true for Jackson. He missed most of the Rams' offseason workout period because Oregon State's senior class didn't graduate until mid-June. Other than the post-draft minicamp, all draft picks - even if they're not seniors - can't participate in any other activities with their NFL team until that year's senior class graduates.

    Beyond that, Jackson temporarily angered coach Mike Martz by failing to attend a Rams rookie camp in St. Louis the week before training camp started in Macomb. Jackson did so more at the urging of his family than of Arceneaux, according to sources. (Why risk injury without a contract so close to camp.)

    "But it was evident that they really wanted to get this done," Zygmunt said, referring to both Jackson and Arceneaux. "It was evident by their approach."

    For example, a schedule of negotiating meetings was set up early in the process - not that long after the draft.

    "It always takes two sides to make a deal," Zygmunt said. "Obviously, we really wanted him in, and he wanted to be here."

    * * * * * * *

    The Class of 2004

    Contract figures for the Rams' 2004 draft picks:

    RB Steven Jackson - Oregon St.
    1st round (24th overall) 5 years, $7 million, $2.05 million signing bonus

    DE Anthony Hargrove - Ga. Tech
    3rd round (91st overall) 3 years, $1.374 million, $442,000 signing bonus

    LB Brandon Chillar - UCLA
    4th round (130th overall) 3 years, $1.201 million, $269,000 signing bonus

    S Jason Shivers - Arizona St.
    5th round (158th overall) 3 years, $1.043 million, $111,000 signing bonus

    QB Jeff Smoker - Michigan St.
    6th round (201st overall) 3 years, $981,000, $49,000 signing bonus

    TE Erik Jensen - Iowa
    7th round (237th overall) 3 years, $959,000, $27,000 signing bonus

    C Larry Turner - E. Kentucky
    7th round (238th overall) 3 years, $959,000, $26,750 signing bonus



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  • RamFan_Til_I_Die
    Jackson deal could be cut short
    by RamFan_Til_I_Die
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    08/29/2008

    KANSAS CITY In order for Steven Jackson to reach escalators that would void the final two years of his contract, he needs to put together four very solid seasons for the Rams.

    According to league sources, Jackson needs to average 1,200 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving over the first four years of his new contract from 2008 through 2011 to void the final two years of his six-year deal.

    Interestingly, during his three seasons as a starter in St. Louis (2005-07) Jackson has averaged 1,199 yards rushing and 466 yards receiving.

    If Jackson reaches the 1,200-400 average, his base salary will increase, or "escalate," $3 million in both 2012 and 2013, the final two years of his contract. But if he reaches those statistical plateaus, either he or the Rams will be able to void the final two years of his contract.

    Either party would have to exercise that option within a week of the end of the 2011 season. But keep in mind, even if the final two years of the contract were voided, the Rams would have the option of placing the franchise tag on Jackson following the 2011 campaign.

    Without the escalators, Jackson's contract is worth $44.805 million over six years, according to figures filed with the NFL Players Association. The official signing bonus is $11.395 million, and $20.5 million of the deal is guaranteed.

    Besides the signing bonus, the rest of the guaranteed money comes in the form of Jackson's base salary of $605,000 this season, $5.5 million next season and $3 million (of his $6.105 million) base salary in 2010.

    The rest of Jackson's base salaries are as follows: $7.2 million in 2011; $7 million in 2012; and $7 million in 2013.

    If the escalators are reached and the final two years of the deal are voided, it becomes a four-year, $30.805 million contract.

    Either way, it makes Jackson one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL. The four-year average of $7.7 million puts Jackson fourth in per-year average behind Washington's Clinton Portis ($9 million), Kansas City's Larry Johnson ($8.629 million) and San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson ($8 million).

    As a six-year, $44.805 million deal, Jackson's per-year average of $7.467 million ranks him fifth, behind Portis, Johnson, Tomlinson and Arizona's Edgerrin James ($7.5 million).

    In terms of current Rams players, only quarterback Marc Bulger with a per-year average of $10.849 million is clearly ahead of Jackson. Left tackle Orlando Pace's average of $7.557 million is more than Jackson's six-year average but less than Jackson's four-year average if the final two years are voided.

    As for the $393,016 in fines Jackson piled up during his 27-day holdout? It is being deducted from his signing bonus.
    -08-29-2008, 08:33 AM
  • RamWraith
    Jackson deal could be cut short
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    08/29/2008

    KANSAS CITY In order for Steven Jackson to reach escalators that would void the final two years of his contract, he needs to put together four very solid seasons for the Rams.

    According to league sources, Jackson needs to average 1,200 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving over the first four years of his new contract from 2008 through 2011 to void the final two years of his six-year deal.

    Interestingly, during his three seasons as a starter in St. Louis (2005-07) Jackson has averaged 1,199 yards rushing and 466 yards receiving.

    If Jackson reaches the 1,200-400 average, his base salary will increase, or "escalate," $3 million in both 2012 and 2013, the final two years of his contract. But if he reaches those statistical plateaus, either he or the Rams will be able to void the final two years of his contract.


    Either party would have to exercise that option within a week of the end of the 2011 season. But keep in mind, even if the final two years of the contract were voided, the Rams would have the option of placing the franchise tag on Jackson following the 2011 campaign.

    Without the escalators, Jackson's contract is worth $44.805 million over six years, according to figures filed with the NFL Players Association. The official signing bonus is $11.395 million, and $20.5 million of the deal is guaranteed.

    Besides the signing bonus, the rest of the guaranteed money comes in the form of Jackson's base salary of $605,000 this season, $5.5 million next season and $3 million (of his $6.105 million) base salary in 2010.

    The rest of Jackson's base salaries are as follows: $7.2 million in 2011; $7 million in 2012; and $7 million in 2013.

    If the escalators are reached and the final two years of the deal are voided, it becomes a four-year, $30.805 million contract.

    Either way, it makes Jackson one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL. The four-year average of $7.7 million puts Jackson fourth in per-year average behind Washington's Clinton Portis ($9 million), Kansas City's Larry Johnson ($8.629 million) and San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson ($8 million).

    As a six-year, $44.805 million deal, Jackson's per-year average of $7.467 million ranks him fifth, behind Portis, Johnson, Tomlinson and Arizona's Edgerrin James ($7.5 million).

    In terms of current Rams players, only quarterback Marc Bulger with a per-year average of $10.849 million is clearly ahead of Jackson. Left tackle Orlando Pace's average of $7.557 million is more than Jackson's six-year average but less than Jackson's four-year average if the final two years are voided.

    As for the $393,016 in fines Jackson piled up during his 27-day holdout? It is being deducted from his signing bonus.
    -08-29-2008, 10:24 AM
  • Nick
    Jackson Contract Details
    by Nick
    Rams Sign First-Round Draft Pick
    R.B. FALLSTROM
    Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams signed first-round draft pick Steven Jackson to a five-year, $7 million contract on Sunday.

    The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus for Jackson, the 24th overall pick and the first running back taken. He ran for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon State.

    The Rams have tentatively scheduled a news conference for Monday for Jackson. He is envisioned as the successor to Marshall Faulk, who is entering his 12th NFL season. The 31-year-old Faulk is signed through 2008.

    Rocky Arceneaux of St. Louis is the agent for both players. He said Jackson had made it a priority to sign before training camp, which begins Wednesday with two workouts in Macomb, Ill.

    "We never anticipated any problems," Arceneaux said. "It was very important for Steven to be in camp on time, so we sort of pushed for that."

    The Rams' first-round pick last year, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, missed five days of workouts before signing.

    As a senior, Jackson gained 1,545 yards and scored a career-high 19 touchdowns while also establishing himself as a receiving threat for the first time. He had career bests in receptions (44), receiving yards (470) and receiving touchdowns (3).

    St. Louis traded up two slots to get Jackson after the Dallas Cowboys - widely expected to take him with the 22nd pick - traded down. The Rams gave Cincinnati the 26th overall pick and a fourth-round pick to grab Jackson at 24.

    Jackson was the first offensive player taken in the first round by the Rams since 2000, when they selected running back Trung Canidate.

    The Rams have signed five of their seven draft picks. Jackson joins safety Jason Shivers, center Larry Turner, linebacker Brandon Chillar and tight end Erik Jensen under contract. Third-round pick Tony Hargrove, a defensive end from Georgia Tech, and sixth-round pick Jeff Smoker, a quarterback from Michigan State, remain unsigned.

    But both are expected to be under contract before the start of camp.
    -07-26-2004, 04:22 AM
  • Country
    Jackson extension
    by Country
    The trend is changing in the NFL and extensions are being handed out earlier and earlier, with DT Mike Patterson recieving an extension in his 2nd year.

    Steven Jackson is in his third year so he has 2 more years on his contract after this one. I think that it is time to start talking about a big pay day and seven year extension for Steven. He is only going to get more expensive as he improves.

    I am thinking 7 years 15 SB and 49 million.
    -12-14-2006, 03:35 PM
  • MauiRam
    Gurley's entire contract with Rams is guaranteed ..
    by MauiRam
    By Jim Thomas

    lThe contract for Rams first-round draft pick Todd Gurley, the running back from Georgia, calls for him to make $13.823 million dollars over four years.

    The entire contract is guaranteed, with the Rams even including language in which they agree to pay his full base salary in 2015 and 2016 if Gurley's on the non-football injury list in either or both of those seasons.

    (That's a worst-case scenario guarantee if he has further issues due to the knee injury suffered late last season with the Bulldogs and subsequent surgery.)

    Included in the overall contract is a signing bonus of $8.313 million. Gurley, the 10th overall pick in the draft, counts a modest $2.513 million against the salary cap this season. His cap number never is higher in any one year than $4.398 million over the life of the contract.

    With the Rams announcing the signing of their entire draft class last week, all those contracts are now on file with the NFL Players Association.

    Other than the top two picks, Gurley and right tackle Rob Havenstein, the only guaranteed money for each member of the draft class is signing bonus money. In addition to his signing bonus money, second-rounder Havenstein has his base salary guaranteed in both 2015 and '16.

    Here's the contract breakdown for the 2015 draft class. In some cases, numbers are rounded off:

    RB Todd Gurley Georgia 1st round (10th overall)

    4 years, $13.823 million; $13.823 million guaranteed; $8.313 million signing bonus.

    OT Rob Havenstein Wisconsin 2nd round (57th overall)

    4 years, $3.970 million; $2.198 million guaranteed; $1.147 million signing bonus.

    OG Jamon Brown Louisville 3rd round (72nd overall)

    4 years, $3.251 million; $764,816 signing bonus.

    QB Sean Mannion Oregon St. 3rd round (89th overall)

    4 years, $3.251 million; $626,796 signing bonus.

    OT Andrew Donnal Iowa 4th round (119th overall)

    4 years, $2.777 million; $496,936 signing bonus.

    OG Cody Wichmann Fresno St. 6th round (215th overall)

    4 years, $2.370 million; $90,484 signing bonus.

    LB Bryce Hager Baylor 7th round (224th overall)

    4 years, $2.352 million; $72,140 signing bonus.

    DE Martin Ifedi Memphis 7th round (227th overall)

    4 years, $2.351 million; $71,096 signing bonus.

    In addition, the Rams signed sixth-round wide receiver Bud Sasser of Missouri to a four-year, $2.393 million contract which included a signing bonus of $113,736.

    When Sasser was waived off the non-football illness list because of a heart condition, the team agreed to let him keep the signing bonus. But the rest of the contract was voided once he was released and not claimed by another team.

    So the only part...
    -06-18-2015, 11:13 PM
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