Since I posted the article about Brandon Lloyd yesterday, a bit of new information was brought to my attention that is relevant to the decision regarding his future with the Redskins.
He is due a $1.8 million roster bonus if he is still on the team as of July 15. Yes, you read that right. On top of a $1 million salary and after getting $10 million in guaranteed bonuses, he's entitled to almost two million bucks for being on the roster on the eve of training camp. Two questions:
- Can the Loudon County Commonwealth's Attorney go after Lloyd for grand theft?
- If not, is it too late to instill a questionable work ethic in my son and have him embark on a dual career of a rap "artist" with a side job as a football player?
In any case, it does make Option 4, keeping him and giving him a shot at earning a roster spot in camp, a more expensive proposition. It's possible that they could talk to Lloyd and tell him that if he agrees to forgo the roster bonus they will give him a shot in camp and if he makes it his $1 million salary will stand. If the Redskins let him go he won't get any more than a one-year, minimum salary deal. He's never going to see the $1.8 million anyway. It might be a worthwhile gamble for Lloyd.
But if he doesn't agree—and I'd say the odds are against him signing away the money—the only options are the ones that don't have him on the roster on July 15.