Jul 28 ESPN.com's John Clayton reports Denver Broncos rookie RB Maurice Clarett signed a four-year contract in which he gave up the $410,000 of guaranteed money in order to secure an incentive-laden deal that could eventually earn him $7 million. The complex contract included more than $5 million of performance escalators. Specifics of the contract are sketchy, but it works something like this. If Clarett gains 1,000 yards, he could hit an escalator worth more than $1 million, almost three times what he would have made in a signing bonus given to him by the Broncos. The $410,000 the Broncos were willing to give him Thursday, July 28, was put into workout bonuses in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Looks like Clarett is banking (no pun intended) on earning the starting job quickly.
You could think of government workers like teenagers. You pay them an allowance, but do you get any work out them? They eat the food, put their feet on the furniture and complain loudly whenever they are unhappy.