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Ricky Jean Francois' contract breakdown

New Washington Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois' contract does not pay him like a guaranteed starter, but, much like Chris Baker a year before, like a top backup -- and potential starter.

Jean Francois, who signed with the Redskins last week, will have a salary-cap hit of $2 million this season with a cash value of $4 million -- the same numbers Baker had last year, the first of his three-year deal.

Jean Francois' base salary will be $1 million, which is fully guaranteed. The Redskins could use more line depth and will have to pursue some at a starting level. One AFC scout said Jean Francois was best used in reserve, one reason why the Colts released him rather than have him count $5.5 million against the salary cap.

But the Redskins' contract suggests they view him as a rotation guy and not a guaranteed starter. After signing him, they released defensive end Stephen Bowen and end/nose tackle Barry Cofield (who was waived with a failed physical designation; if healthy, he could return).

Here's the complete breakdown of Jean Francois' deal courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

2015

Cap hit: $2 million

Base salary: $1 million (fully guaranteed)

Not likely to be earned incentives: $750,000 based on playtime and making the Pro Bowl.

2016

Cap hit: $3 million

Base salary: $1.75 million

Roster bonus: $250,000 ($15,625 per game active)

NLTBE: $750K based on playtime and making the Pro Bowl.

2017

Cap hit: $4 million

Base salary: $2.75 million.

Roster Bonus: $250K ($15,625 per game active)

NLTBE: $750K based on playtime and making the Pro Bowl.