By John Sigler | Saintswire
New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor has played so well in 2018 that he triggered a clause in his contract allowing him to become a free agent in 2019, per Nick Underhill of the Advocate. Because he bagged three sacks for the Saints, Okafor will go into the spring with a choice: stay with the Saints, earning $1.7 million (with another $1.95 million in per-game roster bonuses), or test the waters in free agency.
Okafor was a free agent this past offseason after playing on a one-year contract with the Saints. He attracted little interest, having torn his Achilles tendon in Oct. 2017, visiting briefly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before agreeing to a two-year deal with the Saints. Having met the sack minimum, that could now become a one-year deal.
There’s more bonuses ahead for Okafor in the regular season finale: if he is on the active roster he collects an easy $31,250. If he manages to get five sacks (he currently has four) he’ll collect another $250,000. Seven sacks brings home $350,000, and nine sacks would mean an additional $400,000. ...
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