In the deal signed with hopes that Griffin would emerge as the starter, the former Redskins first-rounder got a deal with a base value of $15 million.
The basics are simple: Griffin gets $6.75 million guaranteed this year and if he plays in all 16 games, he gets another $750,000. The Browns have a decision to make next March, when a $750,000 roster bonus is due. If they pick it up, it's a $6 million base and $750,000 more available in per-game bonuses.
Then, the heavy incentives take hold, and it should pay him like a starter if he performs like one. If Griffin meets the obligations of his incentives, he can earn $22 million over two years.
There are several numbers to watch:
If RGIII participates in at least 75 percent of the offensive plays, he can earn $500,000 each year. If he eclipses 90 percent, that number becomes $1.5 million available each year, instead. In short, if he plays every snap for two years, tack on another $3 million to his contract.
There is another benchmark for passing yards. For each season, if he throws for between 3,250 and 3,499 yards, he earns $250,000. That becomes $500,000 between 3,500 and 3,999 yards. That number is $1 million for more than 4,000 yards. So, if he goes past 4,000 yards in each season, he can earn $2 million total.
Lastly, the personal incentives include a passer-rating measure. Between 88 and 89.9, he gets $250,000. Between 90 and 92.9, it grows to $500,000. And if he goes over 93 passer rating, the incentive is $1 million. If RGIII surpasses a 93 passer rating each year, that's $2 million for him.