Breaking down the details of the L’Jarius Sneed deal

Titans cornerback L’Jarius Sneed was confident that he deserved to be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, but his new contract details show that he did not receive that title. The four-year deal he signed has an average payout of $19.1 million, lower than the $20.75 million franchise-tag salary for 2024.

The contract includes a signing bonus of $20 million and various base salaries and roster bonuses for the upcoming years. In 2024, his base salary is $4.32 million, fully guaranteed, with an additional per-game active roster bonus of $680,000 that must be earned. In 2025, the base salary is $18.32 million, fully guaranteed, with a per-game active roster bonus of $680,000. For 2026, the base salary is $15.15 million, with a portion guaranteed for injury at signing and the rest becoming fully guaranteed in March 2026. Additionally, there is a per-game active roster bonus of $850,000 for 2026. In 2027, the base salary is $15.55 million, with a per-game active roster bonus of $850,000.

Despite receiving less than he expected in terms of average payout over four years compared to other cornerbacks in the league who have been franchised or signed long term contracts with higher salaries; Sneed will still receive $44 million in full guarantees at signing just surpassing two year franchise tag payout by approximately one hundred thousand dollars . However, this deal was frontloaded with higher earnings in the first two years and lower amounts in the final two seasons which might have been better for him if he had accepted another season of franchise tag before exploring other options later on but ultimately decided to commit to Titans for two more years under this new deal

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