Nick Fairley signed a uniquely structured deal with the Saints this offseason.
The defensive tackle signed a three-year deal on paper, but in actuality it's a one-year, $3 million deal. There are two shell years on the back end of the deal that void after his first season which allows New Orleans to spread his $2.235 million signing bonus over three seasons.
The one remaining question about his contract is the bonus money. Fairley can earn an additional $1.75 million this season through playing time and sacks.
His contract includes three thresholds for playing time, which allows him to earn up to three bonuses of $250,000 when he hits 45, 55 and 65 percent of the snaps. If Fairley hits all three marks, he will earn $750,000.
The deal also contains three sack bonuses that will pay him $250,000 when he hits four, 5.5 and seven sacks, for a potential total of $750,000.
Fairley can earn another $250,000 through another clause if he plays 35 percent of the snaps and records four sacks.
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Fairley's top season in terms of sacks came in 2013 when he finished with six for the Detroit Lions.