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Brandon Marshall's contract guarantees $5 million for 2017, zip for Year 2

Brandon Marshall on signing with the Giants: "They presented the best opportunity to be in a championship organization." Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants struck early in free agency, with a deal favorable for the team. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall's two year-contract with the Giants is actually worth $11 million, with an incentive that could bring its total value to $12 million.

There is $5 million guaranteed this year and nothing for 2018. It is essentially a one-year deal with a team option for a second year. His cap figure will be close to $4.5 million this season.

The way Marshall describes it all, he made a tiered list of teams he would be interested in playing for this year when he knew being released by the Jets was a possibility. The Giants were near the top.

When they brought Marshall in for a visit, he told general manager Jerry Reese the financials weren’t his top priority. Marshall insisted during a conference call with reporters that he could’ve received more money else elsewhere.

"[Giants] definitely didn’t offer me the most money. It probably was the least money," Marshall said. "It was all about championships, to get straight to the point. They presented the best opportunity to be in a championship organization."

Here’s a detailed look at the contract:

Years: 2

Total value: $11 million

Guarantee: $5 million (includes 2017 base salary and signing bonus)

Signing Bonus: $2 million

Potential Per Game Roster Bonus: $500K each season

Projected Salary Cap Charge:

2017: $4.5 million

2018: $6.5 million

(Note: The deal was reported as two years for $12 million because Marshall can earn another $500K each season based on a receiving yards incentive)