but i can tell you the way it works, he is actualy making less this year than he did last, i could be wrong on that! but he doesn't make any real money unless he stays with the fins at least 3 years. there is nothing in the contract that says the fins can't cut him after 1.
The bonus spreads through all of the years in his contract, so when we release him after two seasons we will have to take a small cap hit. There is no way he will play for us after two years since he would be making a ton of money.
He actully will recieve a 1mill signing bonus before next season bringing his cap # to almost 3 mill. Still very cheap for a starting qb, but after that season his # is almost 5 mill if on the roster after march 1st, but would only cost about 1.5 to cut him, but then save the same in his salary. Bottom line is his contract is geared to give Cade a shot after this season and next.
The contract is officially for 5 years with a value of $24.5M with a $4M signing bonus.
However, if Fielder has a dreadful couple of years the Fins can exercise a option that would reduce the contract's value to $6.525 million for that two year period and any future salary cap impact would be minimal.
The $4 million signing bonus is peanuts for a starting QB and IMO was a very brave contract for Fiedler to sign as he would have been the No.1 QB in the FA market.