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Breaking down Fred Jackson's incentives

The Buffalo Bills recently signed one of their captains, running back Fred Jackson, to a one-year extension through the 2015 season. While some of the details have previously been covered in this space, below is a full breakdown of his deal:

Base salary: $2.35 million

Roster bonus: Up to $150,000 ($9,375 for each game he is on the 46-man roster)

Workout bonus: $100,000

The above details had been documented, but below is a breakdown of how Jackson can earn up to $1 million more in incentives.

A. If Jackson rushes for 1,000 yards or more, he earns $150,000 OR if he surpasses 750 rushing yards and the team qualifies for the playoffs in 2015, he earns $250,000

B. If Jackson improves over his 2014 rushing touchdowns total (a minimum of nine), he earns $150,000 OR if he rushes for eight or more touchdowns and the team qualifies for the playoffs in 2015, he earns $250,000 OR if he has seven or more receiving touchdowns he earns $250,000

C. If Jackson plays 60 percent of the offensive plays, he earns $150,000 OR if he plays 57.5 percent of the offensive plays and the team qualifies for the playoffs in 2015, he earns $250,000

D. If Jackson has 500 or more receiving yards, he earns $150,000 OR if he has 450 receiving yards or more and the team qualifies for the playoffs in 2015, he earns $250,000

E. If Jackson is named to the Pro Bowl (note: not as an alternate), he will earn $100,000.

Thus, Jackson can earn up to $3.7 million if he hits all of his incentives, which includes the team making the playoffs. If the team does not reach the playoffs, the maximum payout for Jackson is $3.3 million. Given his value to the club both on the field and from a leadership standpoint, this is a case of a team making a wise investment in a critical veteran player.

Note: Jackson has the same performance-based incentives for 2014 (except for in Clause B. He simply must reach nine rushing touchdowns; it is not tied to his 2013 rushing touchdowns total).