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Breaking down Johnny Hekker's contract

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- And now to take care of a small piece of business I've been meaning to get to here but haven't yet because of stadium proposals, offensive coordinator searches and the like.

St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker signed a contract officially filed to the league on Dec. 5 that makes him the highest-paid punter in the league and provides the greatest guarantee for a punter or kicker in league history.

Hekker signed a six-year contract extension that would pay him a total of more than $18 million through the 2020 season should Hekker make it there. The total amount guaranteed is $9,100,991, most of which comes in the form of guaranteed base salary and roster bonuses along the way.

Here's how it breaks down with all numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

2015

Base salary: $1,111,111 (Becomes fully guaranteed on fifth day of new league year)

Prorated signing bonus: $151,551

Roster bonus: $1,111,111 (Paid on third day of new league year, fully guaranteed)

Cash value: $2,222,222

Cap value: $2,373,773

2016

Base salary: $2,222,222 (Guaranteed for injury at signing, guaranteed for cap/skill on fifth day of '16 league year)

Prorated signing bonus: $151,551

Roster bonus: $0

Cash value: $2,222,222

Cap value: $2,373,773

2017

Base salary: $2,222,222 (Guaranteed for injury at signing, guaranteed for cap/skill on fifth day of '17 league year)

Prorated signing bonus: $151,551

Roster bonus: $0

Cash value: $2,222,222

Cap value: $2,373,773

2018

Base salary: $1,111,111

Prorated signing bonus: $151,551

Roster bonus: $1,542,451 (Guaranteed on fifth day of '18 league year)

Cash value: $2,653,562

Cap value: $2,805,115

2019

Base salary: $2,999,992

Prorated signing bonus: $0

Roster bonus: $0

Cash value: $2,999,992

Cap value: $2,999,992

2020

Base salary: $3,500,053

Prorated signing bonus: $0

Roster bonus: $0

Cash value: $3,500,053

Cap value: $3,500,053