Bush's Deal With Saints Has $26.3 Million Guaranteed
A person familiar with tailback Reggie Bush's contract with the New Orleans Saints said the six-year deal contains about $26.3 million in guaranteed money and has a maximum overall value of approximately $62 million.
The base value of the contract apparently is about $51 million.
That puts the value of the deal between those signed by Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams, the top overall pick in the draft in April, and Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, the third selection. Bush was taken by the Saints with the second choice after the Texans surprisingly passed over the dynamic Heisman Trophy winner from USC to sign Williams prior to the draft.
Williams's contract with the Texans, signed on the eve of the draft, is worth $54 million over six seasons, including $26.5 million in bonuses. It apparently has a maximum value of about $62 million.
Young's deal with the Titans, signed last week, is worth $48 million over six seasons (the team has an option for the sixth season), including $25.74 million guaranteed. Young's contract has a maximum value of $57.79 million.
Bush was to sign his contract tonight and practice with the Saints on Tuesday at their training camp in Jackson, Miss. His agent, Joel Segal, completed negotiations with the Saints over the weekend after it had appeared recently that the talks could be long and contentious.
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