The NFL’s waiver period opened on Monday and this week a bunch of teams will have decisions to make on respective contracts, while some players will opt out of deals. On Friday, for example, the Arizona Cardinals will have decisions to make on Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, both of whom are rumored to be considering retirement. If still on the roster on Friday, $15.5 million for Palmer, and $11 million for Fitzgerald, becomes fully guaranteed. So watch for that. Also, the Denver Broncos will have to decide if they want to pick up for the four-year, $48 million option on Russell Okung. (That seems unlikely.)
The entire 2017 base salaries of several Seattle Seahawks become fully guaranteed: quarterback Russell Wilson ($12.6 million), cornerback Richard Sherman ($11.431 million), wide receiver Doug Baldwin ($7.75 million), linebacker Bobby Wagner ($4 million) and cornerback Jeremy Lane ($4 million). Defensive end Michael Bennett 's $6.5 million 2017 base salary also becomes fully guaranteed. It will reduce to $6 million if the Seahawks commit to making the necessary $500,000 payment to exercise an option for Bennett's 2020 contract year. This can be done as early as the first day of the 2017 league year but no later than the fifth day (March 13). All of these respective salaries of the players were guaranteed for injury at signing.
The only real consideration is Lane, who did not have a great first year on his new deal. But with the injury to DeShawn Shead, that pretty much guarantees Lane’s guarantee.