Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) celebrates after a sack during fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Butler Contract Details Revealed

The contract details for Donald Butler have been released and explained via Ian Rapoport:

The details seem somewhat complicated, but also very creative. The team basically has Donald Butler locked in for 7 years, but they have the option to let him walk after 3 years. If the team is unsatisfied with his performance for the next 3 seasons, they can walk away without any issues. If he plays like a mad man, then they can just take the option to keep him for another 4 seasons. Nice move by the Chargers on the deal.

For the first 3 years of his contract, Butler will be making less than the $7 million per season that he was looking for. If he is able to play like a beast, he will be making over $8 to $9.5 million.

He has to perform in order for the team to kick in that option. Smart move on the Chargers part.

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  • Stefanie Smith

    Butler is happy with it. He gets $12 million in the first year and $15 mill over 2 (average of $7.5 mill over the first 2 years–not bad). That is nothing to sneeze at and these guys look at the numbers. It will make him feel good that we showed that we wanted him to stay. He got way more than any of us predicted. TT did a good job and structured it with some room if the guy doesn’t produce at a high level.

    * I went back and looked at the article again. It doesn’t say what he gets paid in year 3. Rapoport wasn’t too clear about that. Nonetheless, right out of the shoot, he gets a huge pay boost from what he was making. I am sure he is about jumping out of his shoes.

    • TheTrueBlu

      15mil over two is years 2 and 3. Looks frontloaded until three years are up. Then he starts making big bucks with the team option. We will get him through every year of his prime if he plays well.

  • Joseph Scott Jr.

    im thinking 4.5 mil in year 3

  • Julien Bélair

    Nice contract I like TT very smart and creative

  • arnie

    That is great deal. And cuckoos to TT for the options and perfomance base in the contract as well. Now, what will this cost the Chargers, or shall I say “whom”?

  • No.WoN

    i would think the 3rd yr is just under 5mil if the “first 3yrs just under 20mil and first yr is 12mil, 15mil over first 2yrs…” Awesome that TT made it definitely worth Butler’s effort if he shows the continued effort. Very smart…now lets get the stadium deal done already…

    i’m with arnie, curious to see what it (who it) will cost the bolts…

    *my b Joseph Scott, your on it..

    • Stefanie Smith

      You’re right. I missed that up there. Coffee/caffeine still hitting the bloodstream here.

  • Nick Lee

    I love it. I am glad the Chargers are turning into a team that re-signs key players instead of the GM clutching his wallet.


    None of us could have predicted this contract….Another genius move by Telesco.
    Both sides got what they wanted and walked away happy.

    If Butler plays lights out…He’ll be in SD for a long time. Love IT!

    • Gunnar Martin

      I am a little confused about the contract details, but it sounds like a very unique deal with a win-win situation.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Sounds pretty good, but now more then ever I think all the guys we were talking about getting cut…..get cut.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Doesn’t sound good for Clary, Royal, Johnson.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Word, all replaceable through this deep draft that will have smaller contacts and youth on their side. Really looking forward to what moves TT makes. This was a good start.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Royal restructuring. 1 still here. I bet Clary and Johnson are still here also. They like Clary. Not sure about Johnson. But Clary will also get a restructured deal.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Well, Royal is here to stay. He did a restructuring. This is what a good GM does—attempts to hang on to players that are good.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Sounds like the first 3 years are at about 6.5 million which is little more than expected, as Blanks said before it doesn’t sound good for the veteran that are possible cuts.

    The contract sounds like the latest growing by year contracts baseball employing in particular that the braves have been using to lock up their core players.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    This is awesome! Corey Liuget has to be super-motivated after seeing this, since his contract is up next season. I hope this makes him (and a lot of other players) play lights out this year. If you are talented, work hard, and show leadership.. TT will pay you = )

    • Gunnar Martin

      Seems to me like smart philosophy. Our players could use some motivation like that.
      Smart move TT :)

  • vct

    Interesting structure, if the team picks up the option for 4th/more years, he gets a “bonus” of $7M!!! $12M first year, $8M in 2nd and third year. With options of 4th/more years, the $8M becomes $15M!!

    So really he’s making on average $9M per year for first three years assuming the team picks up the option of course. This is more than the $7M he asked for.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    Seems interesting that the team will have the option on the same year that D.J. Fluker and Keenan Allen will become free agents

    • boltingindiego

      thats a pretty big free agency period for our team. plus teo that will be both our starting ilb’s.

      • Gunnar Martin

        TT is gonna be real busy that offseason. Sheesh.

        • boltingindiego

          yes he will.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      We’d better lock them up before their contract yrs