Examining Jason Campbell's contract with Bengals

Campbell's one-year deal with the Bengals doesn't have much guaranteed money, which brings the question as to if he's assured a roster spot.

When the Bengals signed Jason Campbell to be the backup quarterback and mentor to Andy Dalton, it was assumed he signed the deal with assurance of a roster spot on the opening day 53-man roster.

Coley Harvey of ESPN broke down the contract of Campbell, and less than half of his contract's max value is guaranteed:

According to Campbell's contract details obtained by ESPN Stats & Information, the signal-caller will be making $400,000 of guaranteed money this year. That's slightly down from the $500,000 of guaranteed cash he agreed to last season when he played in nine games with the Browns. Much like his overall salary from Cleveland, Campbell this season will boast a cap value in Cincinnati of $1.5 million. 

It's for that reason that you probably shouldn't be surprised if the Bengals still end up drafting a quarterback in May, even after signing Campbell to the one-year deal.

Here are the full details of Campbell's contract:

Cap value: $1,500,000 
Cash value: $1,500,000 
Signing bonus: $400,000 
Roster bonus: $0 
Workout bonus: $100,000 
Base salary: $1,000,000 
Guaranteed money: $400,000

Assuming Campbell goes through all of the offseason workouts, he'll make $500,000 before the regular season opener. That's chump change for an NFL team with $132 million of cap to work with, so it looks as though Campbell isn't guaranteed to have a roster spot this year.

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