Breaking down Paul Kruger's $40.5 million, Dannell Ellerbe's $35 million contracts
Mar 13, 2013 | 1:34 PM
By leaving the Super Bowl champion Ravens, linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe hit the jackpot.
Kruger got a $40.5 million contract from the Cleveland Browns, and Ellerbe was paid $35 million by the Miami Dolphins.
They received a grand total of $75.5 million to leave the Ravens as unrestricted free agents.
Kruger was always regarded as someone who would be too expensive to retain as a top pass rusher with nine sacks during a breakthrough year last season. And Ellerbe was also poised to cash in after a career-high 89 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks last season as well as a game-high nine tackles in the Super Bowl.
Here's a full breakdown of the deals obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
Kruger got a $6 million signing bonus this year as well as a $6.285 million roster bonus with guaranteed base salaries of $715,000 and $7 million in 2013 and 2014. He has a total of $20 million in guaranteed money.
Kruger gets a $7 million base salary in 2015, $6.5 million base salary in 2016 and $7 million in 2016, the final year of the deal.
Ellerbe, a former undrafted free agent once signed by the Ravens for $2,000 as a rookie, got a $7 million bonus and fully guaranteed base salaries of $1 million in 2013 and $6 million in 2014. He has annual $25,000 workout bonuses.
In the third year of Ellerbe's deal, $3 million of his $8.425 million base salary is guaranteed for injury only at the itme of signing. It can later be converted to fully guaranteed, though.
Ellerbe has nonguaranteed base salaries of $6.45 million in 2016 and $6 million in 2017, the final year of the deal.