C.J. Spiller’s four-year deal with the Saints could become a three-year deal if he emerges as one of the best running backs in the NFL while in New Orleans.
Spiller could play his way out of town and have the final year of his contract voided if he makes the Pro Bowl twice during the first three years of his deal or is a first-team All-Pro in 2017, according to a source.
At its core, Spiller’s four-year deal is worth $16 million, $9 million guaranteed, and includes a $5 million signing bonus. His base salaries are $750,000, $1.7 million, $3.1 million, and $2.9 million, respectively.
Spiller has a $1.55 roster bonus due the third down of the 2016 league year and $500,000 roster bonuses due in 2017 and 2018.
He can earn another $700,000 in escalators based on Pro Bowl, rushing and receiving yards in 2017. Spiller can earn up to $1.3 million based on the same criteria in 2018.
Spiller will count $2 million against the cap in 2015. The Saints were estimated to have $2.89 million in space before factoring in Spiller’s deal.