We will likely never know if the Pittsburgh Steelers ever made an offer to former Buffalo Bills free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington, but we do know how much the St. Louis Rams will pay the Arkansas State product in 2014.
According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, the one-year contract that Carrington signed this week with the Rams totals out at $1.5 million.
Numbers are in on Alex Carrington deal. 1 year, $1.5 million with $1 million guaranteed. $500k base gtd., $500k roster bonus gtd.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) March 27, 2014
Carrington, who played in all of three games last season due to a quad injury, will earn a $1 million base salary in 2014 of which half of that is fully guaranteed. In addition, he also will earn a $500,000 roster bonus.
Carrington visited with the Steelers several weeks ago, but of course left town unsigned. Being as we now know the details of the contract he signed with the Rams, I’m willing to speculate that if the Steelers did offer him a deal, it was only for one or two years and likely close to the minimum. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that they only offered him a one-year qualifying contract.
When Carrington was in Pittsburgh for his visit, former San Diego Chargers free agent defensive lineman Cam Thomas was also in town and the team signed him to a two-year contract worth $4 million that Friday.