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Down the Road: Contract Talk

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More often than not, football fans tend to look at the present more than the future.  We talk about this year's draft, not the draft in 2010.  We talk about this year's starters, not who might start in 2 years.  And we talk about this year's free agents, not who will be a FA in 3 years. 

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Chicago Bears fans are typically very restless, ready for action right now.  And with the offseason that we are having, many of us are looking forward to this season more than any other in a long time.  But for a moment, let's take a look down the road a bit further than just right now.

Let's look at some of our players, and how their contracts are scheduled.  I did not include signing bonuses, or details of incentives, but if you would like to know the details, let me know.  I will run this feature pretty regularly, so you can let me know of anyone else that you are interested in.

Jay Cutler

2009: $1.035 million (+ $100,000 workout bonus)

2010: $1.4225 million (+ $4 million roster bonus)

2011: $1.81 million (+ $12 million performance roster bonus)

2012: Free Agent

Matt Forte

2009: $385,000

2010: $470,000

2011: $555,000

2012: Free Agent

Devin Hester

2009: $550,000 (+ $5 million roster bonus)

2010: $750,000 (+ $5 million roster bonus)

2011: $1.5835 million

2012: $1.646 million

2013: $1,857,523 (+ $10 million "deescalating" roster bonus)

2014: Free Agent.

Desmond Clark

2009-2010: $1 million (+ $475,000 roster bonuses),

2011: Free Agent


Greg Olsen

2009: $460,000 (+ $100,000 reporting bonus),

2010: $550,000 (+ $140,000 reporting bonus),

2011: $650,000 (+ $125,732 reporting bonus),

2012: Free Agent

Mark Anderson

2009: $530,000

2010: Free Agent

Danieal Manning

2009: $530,000

2010: Free Agent