Last Wednesday, reports surfaced that New York Jets had become more financially committed to wide receiver Santonio Holmes (and right tackle Wayne Hunter) as his 2012 and most of his 2013 base salary had become fully guaranteed. Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour's $7.5 million for 2012 became fully guaranteed by him being on the team's roster on the fifth day of the 2012 waiver wire period.
Another 2011 contract where partial guarantees have graduated to full guarantees belongs to Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.
Franchised before the lockout, Hali signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract on August 5. According to a league source, Hali received a $15 million signing bonus and a $1 fully guaranteed million base salary in 2011, with his $11.25 million 2012 base salary and $12.25 2013 base salary guaranteed for injury only at the time of signing. On February 7, 2012, the $23.5 million in base salary over the 2012 and 2013 seasons became guaranteed for skill and cap, increasing the full guarantee of the contract to $39.5 million, all of which is scheduled to be paid out over the first 31 months of the contract.
This Wednesday, Hali will receive $6.5 million of his $15 million signing bonus, the largest of several big checks the Chiefs will cut that day. Other Chiefs receiving deferred payments from signing bonuses are Brandon Flowers ($2.5 million), Steve Breaston ($2.5 million), Rodney Hudson ($249,982) and Justin Houston ($121,248). First-round wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin will receive $950,000 of his base salary on March 15.