It looks like we can chalk the $2 million guaranteed to linebacker Jasper Brinkley when he signed his two-year deal in March up to Jerry Jones being a little too generous, nothing more and nothing less.
The veteran Brinkley was waived on Monday to make room for new offensive tackle Jordan Mills, just six months after signing a two-year contract worth a potential $6.5 million. He hangs onto the guaranteed $2 million on his way out, which is made up of a $1.25 million signing bonus and $750,000 in guaranteed salary.
Brinkley was originally brought in to shore up the middle linebacker spot left open for the first four games of the season by Rolando McClain’s suspension for violating the substance abuse policy, but he failed to impress in camp--so much so that it was widely expected that he’d be among final cuts last weekend.
As it happens, he held on for a little longer than that, but his time with Dallas won’t be any more memorable as a result.