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Saints' deals with James Laurinaitis, Craig Robertson include incentives

The New Orleans Saints didn't have to break the bank for new veteran linebackers James Laurinaitis and Craig Robertson.

Laurinaitis' deal is worth $8.25 million over three years, with a chance to increase by $500,000 per year with incentives. Robertson's deal is worth $5 million over three years, with a chance to increase by $1.5 million per year with incentives. All of the incentives are considered "not likely to be earned," which means they won't count against the salary cap unless they are reached.

Laurinaitis' $1.8 million signing bonus is the only guarantee in his deal. He is scheduled to earn between $2.75 million and $3.25 million each year. His incentives are based on both playing time and team rank (the specifics are not listed in ESPN Stats and Information's data).

Based on his track record, Laurinaitis should be able to hit any playing time thresholds, since he barely missed a snap in his first seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He is expected to be the Saints' starting middle linebacker, though it's unclear if they plan to use him on an every-down basis.

Robertson's incentives are based on playing time, which could be harder to reach since he is not projected as a starter in New Orleans. However, he did start 37 games in four years with the Cleveland Browns.

Robertson is scheduled to earn $2 million in 2016, including a signing bonus of $1.2 million and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $765,000. He has no guarantees beyond that.

We're still waiting on the specific details of the Saints' new contract with defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Here are the full details on their deals with Laurinaitis, Robertson and safety Jamarca Sanford:

Laurinaitis:

Three years, between $8.25 million and $9.75 million. Signing bonus: $1.8 million.

2016: $900,000 base salary. $50,000 workout bonus. Up to $500,000 in incentives. Salary-cap cost: $1.55 million.

2017: $2.45 million base salary. $250,000 roster bonus. $50,000 workout bonus. Up to $500,000 in incentives. Salary-cap cost: $3.35 million.

2018: $2.45 million base salary. $250,000 roster bonus. $50,000 workout bonus. Up to $500,000 in incentives. Salary-cap cost: $3.35 million.

Robertson:

Three years, between $5 million and $9.5 million. Signing bonus: $1.2 million.

2016: $765,000 base salary, fully guaranteed. $35,000 workout bonus. Up to $1.5 million in incentives. Salary-cap cost: $1.2 million.

2017: $1.105 million base salary. $250,000 roster bonus. $45,000 workout bonus. Up to $1.5 million in incentives. Salary-cap cost: $1.8 million.

2018: $1.275 million base salary. $275,000 roster bonus. $50,000 workout bonus. Up to $1.5 million in incentives. Salary-cap cost: $2 million.

Sanford:

One year, $965,000. Includes $80,000 signing bonus and $885,000 base salary ($130,000 of which is fully guaranteed). Since the deal qualifies for the veteran minimum salary benefit, it will count only $680,000 against the salary cap.