Rams' defensive end Chris Long's four-year contract extension, signed last week, is worth $48.2 million in new money and includes no signing bonus. However, in addition to guaranteeing his 2012 salary, Long's salaries of $13.25 million in 2013 and $13.2 million in 2014 are guaranteed. The 2014 salary is currently guaranteed for injury only, but will become fully guaranteed if he is on the roster five days after this season's Super Bowl. That would make the total guarantee $36.75 million. His salary-cap figure of 2012 actually increased slightly because of a $250,000 escalator that was based on his 2011 play. Previously, Long's non-guaranteed base salary for 2012 was $10.06 million with a cap figure of $18,307, 500. Now, his base salary of $10.3 million is guaranteed and his cap charge is $18,547,500. The extra $8 million-plus against the cap is from signing bonuses in his original contract and a restructuring that was done last September. In 2015, his base salary is $9.75 million plus a $2 million roster due on the third day of the league year. In 2016, the final year of the contract, his salary is $9.75 million with another $2 million roster bonus also due on the third day of the league year. Because there is no new signing bonus, his cap figures from 2013-2014 are his base salaries and in 2015-2016 are his salaries plus the roster bonuses.
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By Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange August 1, 2012 5:10 PM