Since it's been announced that the Chargers had re-signed Donald Butler, fans have been holding their breath to see the contract terms. The wait is over, as NFL Networks Ian Rapoport released the terms this morning.
Terms: Donald Butler’s multi-tiered deal with #Chargers. First 3 years worth just under $20M. Option for 4 more years worth $8M to $9.5M per— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2014
Butler will earn just under $12M in first year, $15M over 2. If team picks up option, guarantee in first year of "2nd deal" is under $15M— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2014
What does this mean for Donald Butler? If he balls out, team gets him at age 28 for 4 more (pricey) years. If not, he’s a free agent at 28.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2014
All in all, #Charger deal for LB Donald Butler is 7 years, one that can be worth a total of more than $48M with $28M guaranteed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2014
How do you feel Tom Telesco did here, did he over pay for Butler?
Keep in mind that Butler has played in 37% of the team's games in 4 years. If Butler hits his potential that he's flashed, then he should have a big pay day. At worst, if Butler will make $28 million. For the first 3 years, he's worth about $6.5 million annually.
On the surface, it seems like the Chargers over paid. Perhaps in 3 years we will look back on this deal as if the team got a bargain for Butler. Time will tell.