A first look at Darian Stewart’s Broncos contract

Last updated: Mar 23, 2015 9:58 AM

Here are the details on Darian Stewart's contract with the Broncos, according to Aaron Wilson:

  • Signing bonus: $1.5M
  • 2015 salary: $750K guaranteed (presumably it's a full guarantee)
  • 2016 salary: $2M (not guaranteed)
  • Per Wilson, Stewart can earn another $250K this season via incentives

Some observations:

  1. If Denver were to cut Stewart this year, their cap and cash hit would be $2.25M, with no effect beyond 2015. While unlikely, John Elway showed in 2012 that he's willing to move along quickly from mistakes, as he released Drayton Florence just months after signing him to a deal very similar to Stewart's.
  2. Then again, the situations are not similar, as Florence was a 31-year-old corner added to a position of strength (Champ Bailey, Chris Harris, Tracy Porter), and Stewart's going on 27 and is more of a need signing.
  3. Cutting him after 2015 would result in a $750K dead money hit in 2016.
  4. Wilson says Stewart's cap numbers are $1.5M in 2015 and $2.5M in 2016. But if the bonus and salary numbers are correct, then the 2016 figure should be $2.75M (salary plus $750K amortization of signing bonus).
  5. It's a low cost, low risk signing. If Bradley Roby wins the starting free safety job and Stewart bombs, Denver can cut him with little pain.

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