According to league sources close to the negotiation, here are the key components of Blackmon’s contract:
He will receive only 60 percent of the slotted $11.9 million bonus -- an amount of $7.11 million -- as signing bonus, with the balance coming as follows:
2013: March roster bonus of $700,000, followed by a guaranteed roster bonus of $1 million five days before the start of training camp. Thus, after one year, Blackmon will have received 75 percent of the slotted signing bonus.
2014: Guaranteed roster bonus of $1.7 million five days before the start of training camp.
2015: Guaranteed roster bonus of $1.39 million five days before the start of training camp.
And Blackmon will receive the following guaranteed salaries:
2013: $1.23 million
2014: $2.07 million
2015: $2.91 million
Despite their initial position, every bit of the $18.5 million in the contract is guaranteed; it just comes in different waves over time.
Blackmon’s contract has the same language as other first-round picks, where suspensions would void future salary guarantees, but doesn't have different or special language in his deal based on his DUI transgression.
Now under NFL rules it will take four day before Blackmon can fully be a part of camp, which means I don't think he can play in the first pre-season game. It took longer than I had hoped but at least he's in camp now and hopefully he can get caught up quickly. Now we need MJD.