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Donald Butler Contract Details Revealed

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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

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

Terms: Donald Butler’s multi-tiered deal with #Chargers. First 3 years worth just under $20M. Option for 4 more years worth $8M to $9.5M per

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2014

Butler will earn just under $12M in first year, $15M over 2. If team picks up option, guarantee in first year of “2nd deal” is under $15M

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2014

What does this mean for Donald Butler? If he balls out, team gets him at age 28 for 4 more (pricey) years. If not, he’s a free agent at 28.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2014

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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