Report: Clifton deal in Green Bay worth $19.58 million

The numbers are in on the Chad Clifton deal and he’ll get a windfall on Wednesday when a $6.375 million roster bonus is due, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, who got a handle on the total deal.

Dougherty reports that the three-year contract, which Clifton landed after he made a free-agent visit to the Washington Redskins, can be worth up to $19.58 million, but he’ll need to be on the 45-man gameday roster for all three seasons to max out the deal.

Clifton can earn as much as $7.85 million this season. He has a base salary of $855,000, a $250,000 workout bonus and then the contract includes a “per-game” roster bonus according to the report. Clifton can pick up $6,250 for each game this coming season which would bring the bonus to $100,000. The per-game bonus climbs to $15,625 in 2011 and 2012 allowing him to total $250,000 each season. The base salaries in the deal climb to $5.75 million in 2011 and $5.25 million in 2012.

Bringing back the longtime Packer has taken care of the biggest question on the offensive line. Much remains unsettled though. Green Bay could opt to try T.J. Lang, entering his second season, at right tackle. Veteran Mark Tauscher is on the market and probably will be there for some time if the club is inclined. There is thinking in some circles that general manager Ted Thompson wants to move on from Tauscher, whose return this past season helped stabilize the line, and that coach Mike McCarthy would like him back.

Jason Spitz and Daryn Colledge, both restricted free agents, figure to compete for the starting left guard job. The loser of that match could provide an experienced backup capable of playing multiple positions.

Paying for Clifton was the smart move because he proved he’s still solid and the line last season was anything but solid.

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