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S Kendrick Lewis’ Contract Details

According to a league source, Kendrick Lewis did not receive a signing bonus, instead, the fifth-round pick out of Mississippi received a $206,900 roster bonus on July 1, which is fully guaranteed. Lewis has standard base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and Lewis’ $575,000 base salary in 2013 can increase by as much as $845,000, which would push the maximum value of his four-year deal to $2.841 million dollars. Lewis’ roster bonus is inline with signing bonuses of players chosen in that part of the draft, but by using a roster bonus instead of a signing bonus, the Chiefs can’t spread the $206,900 over the four years of the deal, which would lessen the impact on the (still existent) rookie pool. Roster bonuses are also not subject to forfeiture.

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