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The Contracts of Browns involved in Trade Rumors

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Joshua Cribbs

Cribbs is not going to be traded by Tuesday's deadline. The Browns love the guy, and he loves playing here. The issue is the contract, and it seems the Browns will seriously address that after the season. The trade rumors are because other teams are asking about Cribbs, and because some in Cribbs' camp think it's a good way to pressure the Browns to move on the contract extension.


Cribbs received a $2 million sign ing bonus before the 2007 season as part of a six-year, $6.8 million deal. So he was paid the $2 million, plus $600,000 in 2007, $600,000 in 2008 and $620,000 this season. By the end of this season, he will have been paid about $3.8 million. The rest of his deal is $635,000 in 2010, $650,000 in 2011 and $790,000 in 2012. He also can pick up about $100,000 annually in bonuses.


The Browns probably will sit down after the season when Cribbs has three years left and assess what roles he will be playing on the team. In the end, they probably will come up with an extension that works for both sides. NFL contracts are not guaranteed, so that's why Cribbs wants a new deal with a healthy signing bonus -- which is guaranteed money.


Brady Quinn

Quinn signed a five-year, $9.25 million contract before the 2007 season. He was paid $1.1 million in 2007. In March 2008, he received a $4.2 million roster bonus. His 2008 salary was an additional $395,000. He is being paid $680,000 this year. By the end of the season, he will have made about $6.5 million. His salary in 2010 and 2011 is $700,000 if he remains a backup.


Quinn's bonuses worked like this: He could have earned up to $11 million if he had played 45 percent of the team's snaps in 2007 and 55 percent in 2008. Since he didn't, the bonus now requires that he play 70 percent of the snaps in 2009. If he fails to do that, the $11 million is still available if he takes 70 percent of the snaps in 2010. If he takes 70 percent of the snaps in 2010, it's $5.8 million. I had reported he also could make $11 million in 2010, which is incorrect. His base salary makes him affordable as a backup, while he can get a huge boost if he becomes a regular here or elsewhere.


Fans have been writing that Quinn was sent to the bench to avoid paying his bonus. Well, the best way to do that was to play Anderson starting in Game 1. Or to trade Quinn over the summer to Denver when the Broncos called.


Corey Williams

The player who might be traded is Corey Williams, who signed a six-year, $38 million deal before the 2008 season. He already has been paid about $16 million in signing and roster bonuses, along with his salaries in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, he will make $4.2 million, plus a $1.7 million roster bonus. In 2011-12, it's about $5 million annually, and $5.4 million in 2013. It's a huge contract, and it counts more than $8 million on the salary cap in 2009 and 2010.

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