Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) warms up before the first half against the Atlanta Falcons. Mallett was released by the Texans on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, after missing the team's charter flight to Miami.
Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) warms up before the first half against the Atlanta Falcons. Mallett was released by the Texans on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, after missing the team's charter flight to Miami. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

Quarterback Ryan Mallett's recently-completed deal with the Ravens does not include guaranteed money.

The deal is essentially a two-year, $1.6 million pact that includes a $1.5 million base salary for 2016, and a prorated $745,000 for the final three weeks of this season.

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Mallett, 27, can earn an additional $1 million in extremely-reachable playing time incentives. The most the quarterback could make is $2.5 million. He was released by the Houston Texans this season following a pattern of unprofessional conduct.

The $2.5 million is in line with what some other experienced backups have gotten in recent years, including the Miami Dolphins' Matt Moore, the Carolina Panthers' Derek Anderson and the Indianapolis Colts' Matt Hasselbeck.

But the key thing is that none of the money is guaranteed. If he's on the team, he gets paid. However, the Ravens can keep him all the way until the start of the 2016 season and release him if they want to avoid paying the $1.5 million base salary for 2016.

That means that Mallett is going to have to behave accordingly if he wants to stay. Ravens coach John Harbaugh denied that this was a trial period for the highly-scrutinized quarterback, but the deal suggests that it very much is.

"I think everybody is on that kind of trial in life," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "When you get a couple of strikes against you, it certainly brings it into sharp focus. He has an opportunity to make the best of it, and he's determined to do that. What he makes of it really in the end is up to him."

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