Report: Kansas City Chiefs Sign Ben Grubbs To A New Contract


Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Ben Grubbs (66) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to kickoff of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that guard Ben Grubbs, whom John Dorsey traded for on Thursday, has agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Florio writes:

"Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Grubbs and the Chiefs agreed to terms on a four-year, $24 million contract. The deal has $8 million guaranteed at signing and another $3 million that becomes fully guaranteed if Grubbs is on the 90-man roster in March 2017.According to the source, the Saints had asked Grubbs, 31, to reduce his 2015 compensation from $6.6 million to $4.5 million, with little or no guaranteed money. Under the new deal, Grubbs will get his $6.6 million in 2015."

In terms of cap hits, that doesn’t give us a lot to go off of.

Assuming the numbers are true, Grubbs received an $8 million signing bonus, which will be prorated over the next four years. In other words, he received said money up front, but on paper, it’ll be distributed in equal portions over the length of the contract—$2 million throughout each of the next four years (2015-2018).

When Florio references Grubbs getting his “$6.6 million in 2015,” that might be what he’s alluding to.

Prior to the new agreement, Kansas City was—with Grubbs’ previous contract on the books—hovering around the cap ceiling. That being the case, it’d make little (see: no) sense for Dorsey to draft a new deal that would, with regards to the old contract, raise the guard’s 2015 cap number.

In all likelihood, the GM adopted the same approach that he had in the Maclin negotiations; the team will offer a lump of guaranteed money, and in return, the player will take a reduced first-year salary. For the time being, both sides get what they ultimately want—security and cap relief.

That said, if we’ve learned anything about Dorsey over the past week, it’s that he marches to the beat of a different drum.

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