Big numbers for guards, safety

Marco Rivera received a higher signing bonus than Mike Wahle when both guards signed contracts with their new teams this week. Rivera received a multi-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys while Wahle signed with the Carolina Panthers.<p>

Both Rivera and Wahle received signing bonuses larger than the previous contracts that they signed with the Packers.

Meanwhile, safety Bhawoh Jue signed a three-year deal with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday worth $4.5 million, including a $1.5 million signing bonus.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Rivera, entering his 10th season, received a signing bonus of $8.125 million as part of a five-year, $23.8 million deal. Wahle, entering his eighth season, got an $8 million signing bonus, but his deal also includes a $3.5 million roster bonus in 2006.

Wahle's deal is worth $27 million over five years, including a $100,000 workout bonus in every year of the deal. He is scheduled to earn $17.8 million in the first three years of the deal. He signed a six-year, $18.4 million deal with the Packers in 2002. The deal was actually a three-year, $7.5 million contract with a $2.5 million signing bonus but was spread over six years for salary cap purposes. Wahle was scheduled to earn about $11 million this season with the Packers, which why they released him.

Rivera's deal is realistically $19 million over five years. He'll receive a $4.8 million bonus in 2006 if he plays on 95 percent of the Cowboys' special teams plays, and there is a very little chance of that happening. Rivera will make $13 million over the first three years of the deal. Rivera is scheduled to earn a $300,000 roster bonus and a base salary of $700,000, meaning he will earn $9.125 million this season, which is more than the four-year, $8 million deal he signed with Green Bay in 2001.

Jue gets a $550,000 base salary this year, meaning he will earn $2.1 million in 2005.

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