Earlier this week, the Seattle Seahawks signed running back/return specialist Leon Washington to a four-year extension. Washington's deal marked the conclusion of a contractual odyssey that began with him turning down a lucrative long-term deal from the New York Jets and suffering a gruesome leg injury in 2009.
It continued when was denied unrestricted free agency and traded to the other side of the country in 2010, where he regained his Pro Bowl form as a return specialist, averaging over 25 yards per return and bringing three kicks back for touchdowns.
After reportedly turning down $5 million in fully guaranteed money from the Jets, Washington's $12.5 million deal with the Seahawks includes $3.5 million in guaranteed money.
According to a league source, here's how Washington's deal breaks down:
Signing Bonus: $1.5 million
2011: $2 million (skill/injury guarantee)
2012: $2 million
2013: $1.5 million
2014: $2.5 million
Washington also has $1 million roster bonuses in 2012, 2013, and 2014.