Inside former NFL receiver Martavis Bryant’s CFL contract with the Edmonton Elks

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Former NFL receiver Martavis Bryant signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Elks at the end of February. Below is a breakdown of exactly how his contract will look for the 2022 and 2023 seasons provided he makes the team’s active roster after training camp.

Bryant will earn a salary of $69,000 as a CFL rookie and collect $12,000 in housing money. He will also make an additional $500 each time he plays more than half of Edmonton’s offensive snaps in a game, bringing his compensation to an even $90,000 if he starts and finishes all 18 of Edmonton’s regular season games this year.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound target also has a number of incentives in his deal, some of which fall well beyond what are typically found in CFL contracts.

He will make $7,000 if he reaches 75 receptions, $10,000 if he reaches 100 receptions, $7,000 if he reaches ten touchdowns, $10,000 if he reaches twelve touchdowns, $15,000 if he reaches fifteen touchdowns, $5,000 if he reaches 1,400 receiving yards, $10,000 if he reaches 1,600 receiving yards, and $15,000 if he reaches 2,000 receiving yards.

These bonuses do not appear to be cumulative, which means he should only be able to collect one bonus for receptions, one bonus for touchdowns, and one bonus for receiving yardage.

Bryant is also due a $5,000 bonus if he leads the CFL in receptions, a $5,000 bonus if he leads the league in receiving yards, and another $5,000 bonus if he leads the league in touchdowns. He will make an additional $3,000 if he is named a West Division all-star and $5,000 if he is named a CFL all-star.

This means Bryant could earn a maximum of $153,000 if he were to reach every possible incentive written into his contract for 2022. It’s worth noting that this is extremely unlikely — only three receivers in CFL history have ever reached the 2,000-yard mark in a season — but it remains a possibility.

The Clemson product’s contract for 2023 is identical to his deal for 2022, which means he’ll have two chances to hit it big with record-level production.

Bryant was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and made 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games as a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He improved on those numbers the following season, catching 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season due to a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy but was reinstated for the 2017 campaign and made 50 catches for 603 yards and three touchdowns.

Bryant played eight games following a trade to the Oakland Raiders in 2018 before being released and indefinitely suspended from the NFL for another marijuana violation. He was under contract with the Toronto Argonauts last season but did not report to the team due to an issue with his passport.