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Analyzing Michael Oher's contract with the Tennessee Titans

Figuring out the issue at offense tackle from a monetary perspective.

Patrick Smith

When the Titans signed Michael Oher to his contract, the numbers seemed outrageous for a player that has had a mediocre career to put it nicely. Reportedly, Oher was signed to a four year, $20 million contract this offseason and looked like the heir apparent to David Stewart. This didn't sit well with a lot of Titans fans who thought there were better offensive linemen in free agency that could be had for the same price or cheaper.

Fast forward to the post-draft world, and it looks like the right tackle job is an open competition between Taylor Lewan and Michael Oher. If Lewan is as good or better than Oher in year one then the former Blind Side star could be finding a new place to play in 2015.

Despite the lofty contract numbers, if the Titans decided to cut Oher at the end of the season, they would eat a $3.5 million loss, but that would be his only cost. The Titans don't have big guaranteed money or prorated bonuses that Oher is scheduled to get and as far as stopgap contracts go it could have been a lot worse.

This is a breakdown (though a very limited one) of the Oher contract. To find out more go here.

Year Guaranteed Salary Cap Number
2014 $2,000,000 $3,000,000
2015 $4,000,000 $5,000,000
2016 $5,000,000 $6,000,000
2017 $5,000,000