Today the Raiders officially re-signed former All Pro linebacker Aldon Smith, who returns on a reported 2-year deal. We now know the details of that contract thanks to FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo.
Aldon Smith's deal with the Raiders: two years, $11m base value with a max value of $19.5m based on sack and Pro Bowl incentives.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 4, 2016
On Aldon Smith deal, that's the rate for 2 full seasons. Given suspension, he won't earn full amount. But a good rate for when he returns.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 4, 2016
With Smith suspended until November 17, a one-year deal really would have been about a 6-week deal. That's not enough for Smith to prove he is worth a long term deal, so two years was necessary.
Last year the Raiders signed Smith to a one-year $8 million deal, but with the suspension, he only made a portion of that, representing a cap hit of just $2.5 million. The same applies here. If he misses the expected 10 games next season, his base would be $2 million in 2016 and $5.5 million in 2017.
His salary would be as high as $9.75 in 2017 if he were to reach all incentives, including making the Pro Bowl. That salary would put him in the top five at his position. And he will have earned it.