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Breakdown of DT Randy Starks' Contract With the Browns

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A closer look at the Browns' 2-year contract with DT Randy Starks.

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The full, year-by-year contract details for Cleveland Browns DT Randy Starks are now available. The deal was originally reported as being for 2 years and $8 million, but now we're not certain if that is the case, unless other details are missing. We noted his base salaries a few days ago, but now Jeremy Fowler of ESPN has the details on the rest of the contract:

Williams' year-by-year contract details are illustrated below.

DT Randy Starks - Browns' Contract Breakdown
Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Total Cap Hit
2015 $          1,750,000 $            625,000 $           500,000
$        2,875,000
2016 $          2,500,000 $            625,000 $           500,000 $        3,625,000
Total $          4,250,000 $         1,250,000
$        1,000,000 $        6,500,000
  • Based on what we know of Starks' base salaries, along with the information reported by Fowler, the contract is actually for 2 years and $6.5 million. It's possible that there is $1.5 million in not-likely-to-be-earned escalators, such as if he makes the Pro Bowl (perhaps $750,000 each season that he does). We'll provide an update if we hear anything else about the shortage from the original $8 million figure.

  • Williams' contract includes $3 million in guaranteed money. I'm guessing that this is all of his base salary for 2015 and his entire signing bonus, which adds to that amount. If that's the case, you can basically count the $500,000 roster bonus as guaranteed too.

  • The Browns would be unlikely to cut Starks this year if he had a disappointing camp. With a disappointing season, though, this could ultimately turn out to be a one-year deal if they feel like he's no longer an asset in 2016, and they'd only owe him $625,000 against the cap next year.

  • The addition by subtraction comparison here is the Seahawks signing DT Ahtyba Rubin to a 1-year deal. All we know about Rubin's deal is that it reportedly has $1 million in guaranteed money, and is worth up to $3.1 million. Therefore, both Rubin and Starks would have similar values, but the Browns are making the two-year commitment to Starks.