Aldon Smith Has Given Up Nearly All Of His Guaranteed Money

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has agreed to restructure his contract with the team so that most of the $9.75 million he was set to earn this season will no longer be guaranteed. » 3/06/15 10:31am 3/06/15 10:31am

LeBron's Going To Opt Out, But Don't Panic has an interesting look at the details of LeBron James's contract with the Cavaliers, and why it's a certainty that James is going to decline his player option this summer, and again the summer after that. It's flexibility, sure, but it's also tens of millions of dollars. » 2/10/15 2:23pm 2/10/15 2:23pm

Actually, Tom Brady Is Getting Another Raise

It's time for the biennial "Tom Brady restructures his contract" news cycle, and it always goes the same way: the initial release, passed along by a useful media mouthpiece, makes it seem as if Brady is forfeiting money to help the Patriots afford to get him better teammates; then, the details come out, and it emerges… » 12/30/14 9:00am 12/30/14 9:00am

Penguins Re-Sign Marc-Andre Fleury. No, Really.

In a move sure to be universally lauded by fans of the other 29 teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins have extended goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on a four-year deal with an average annual value of $5.75 million. » 11/05/14 2:33pm 11/05/14 2:33pm

Contract? What contract? That's what the University of Akron told a Kent State journalist who asked for a copy of the TV contract between ESPN and the MAC. The contract reportedly is worth more than $100 million. [When Journalism Fails] » 9/18/14 5:11pm 9/18/14 5:11pm

Texans Sign J.J. Watt To Record-Setting Contract

Late last night, the Houston Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt agreed to a massive contract extension that will make Watt the highest-paid defensive player in the game, and it's hard to find anyone arguing he doesn't deserve it. » 9/02/14 8:36am 9/02/14 8:36am

The Chiefs Reportedly Gave Alex Smith A Buttload Of Money Up Front

Quarterback Alex Smith was set to be a free agent after this season, but the Chiefs locked him up today with a four-year extension that reportedly came with an enormous amount this year. » 8/31/14 8:29pm 8/31/14 8:29pm

Tyron Smith Isn't A "Cowboy For Life." He Just Got Screwed.

Yesterday, Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith signed an enormous eight-year extension, valued at $110 million over 10 years. Today, Dallas is telling everyone that it guarantees Smith will be a "Cowboy for life." As we know by now, the numbers in NFL contracts are bullshit. But this is outrageous enough bullshit that… » 7/31/14 5:17pm 7/31/14 5:17pm

Colin Kaepernick's "$126 Million Contract" Is Remarkably Team-Friendly

We've learned long ago that the reported figures for big NFL deals should be ignored until the actual details emerge. So when Colin Kaepernick signed a contract that "could be worth $126 million through 2020," I hope you didn't believe either of those numbers. This is a below-market deal that ends whenever the 49ers… » 6/05/14 11:04am 6/05/14 11:04am

The Astros Just Changed The Game For Big Prospects In Small Markets

Today, the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to a big contract extension before he's played a game in the majors. It's a bit of baseball history, but more than that, it's an undeniably great move for Houston, and a look at the future of how small market teams will attempt to stay competitive. » 6/02/14 2:20pm 6/02/14 2:20pm

Angels Extend Mike Trout Through 2020

The Angels signed Mike Trout to a six-year $144.5 million contract extension that will keep him in Los Angeles and Anaheim through 2020. It's not exactly Miguel Cabrera money, but Trout now has a long term, multi-million dollar deal that lasts into his year 29 season. Trout will then become a free agent and still be… » 3/29/14 1:30pm 3/29/14 1:30pm

Clayton Kershaw Just Got All The Money

ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that the Dodgers and ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw have agreed to a seven-year, $215 million contract. That's the biggest contract ever for a pitcher, surpassing Justin Verlander's seven-year, $180 million deal with the Tigers. » 1/15/14 5:07pm 1/15/14 5:07pm

How J.J. Redick's Abortion Contract Was Conceived

Tuesday, we brought you a 2007 confidentiality agreement between then-rookie J.J. Redick and model ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez, a bizarre contract that stipulated Redick would have to fake his relationship with Lopez in exchange for her getting an abortion. Today we've obtained more emails and documents showing the… » 7/25/13 4:20pm 7/25/13 4:20pm

Predators Forward Shows Us How Contract Negotiations Should Be Done

The Nashville Predators just signed forward Richard Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension. Shortly after signing his deal, Clune posted the above photo to his Twitter account, thus revealing what his real contract demands were. Those demands, unfortunately, were not met. » 7/19/13 3:16pm 7/19/13 3:16pm

Ryan Howard's five-year, $125 million deal is the worst contract ever, according to ZiPS projections. Yes, even worse than A-Rod's. (Albert Pujols's could give Howard's a run for its money, though.) » 7/09/13 1:28pm 7/09/13 1:28pm

The Alex Rodriguez Saga Is Turning Ugly

On Tuesday, Alex Rodriguez revealed to the world that he's been cleared to play in games again. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said A-Rod "should just shut the fuck up." Here's what Rodriguez is thinking: The Yankees should pay the fuck up. Because whether he plays again this season is a $22 million question. » 6/27/13 8:53am 6/27/13 8:53am

Here's Richard Pitino's Minnesota Contract, Complete With A Limit On…

Little Pitino has taken over for some pretty big names as he moves up the coaching ranks. First Isiah Thomas at FIU, and now Tubby Smith at Minnesota, where he was officially introduced today. Pitino has a six-year deal, and we've published his full and finalized contract below. Let's dive into the details. » 4/05/13 2:00pm 4/05/13 2:00pm