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August 17, 2010
Taking a peek at Westbrook's contract

As mentioned in a previous blog, Brian Westbrook's one-year deal with the 49ers includes $1.25 million guaranteed. What's interesting - to me, at least - is how the incentive portion of the contract is laid out in different categories. Westbrook essentially can double his guaranteed money this year. But as you'll see, that will be difficult to do as Frank Gore's backup.

Total yards:

If Westbrook finishes with 400 total yards, he'll earn another $75,000. This seems to be a likely-to-be-earned incentive considering that Westbrook had 455 total yards last year in an injury-shortened season. If he finishes with 600 total yards, the bonus goes to $150,000. Anything above 700 total yards, it's a $200,000 bonus.

Receptions:

Westbrook has had as many as 90 and as few as 25 catches in the last four seasons. If he finishes with 40 receptions, he'll earn another $125,000. There were 17 running backs last year who had 40 or more catches. With 50 catches, it's another $250,000.

If Westbrook couples 40 catches with eight 49ers wins, he gets $187,500. If there are eight 49ers wins and 50 Westbrook catches, he gets the maximum in that category -- $375,000 . Westbrook had more than 50 catches from 2004 to 2008. However, that was in a West Coast offense in which he was the featured runner.

Touchdowns:

Westbrook has scored as many as 13 combined touchdowns (2008) and as few as two (2009) since his rookie season. If he scores four this year, he'll get another $62,500. If it's six, he gets $125,000. The maximum he can get is $187,500 for 10 or more touchdowns. He's had 10 or more TDs four times in eight seasons.

Westbrook also has 53-man roster bonuses up to $250,000 and 45-man roster bonuses of up to $250,000. Westbrook has never played in all 16 games in his career.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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