Fooch’s update: Jason Hurley has a full rundown of Marsh’s contract details
Cassius Marsh details $2m roster bonus due March 17, $300k per game roster bonuses and $100k workout bonuses, 2018 base is fully GTD. 2019 is option year, $1.875m NLTBE for sacks and play time.— Jason Hurley (@Jay_AB81) February 9, 2018
All the San Francisco 49ers news the past 12 hours has been about the monster contract extension Jimmy Garoppolo inked on Thursday. However, the 49ers got another pending free agent signed the day before. On Wednesday, the team announced that defensive end Cassius Marsh had signed a two-year contract.
We now have some details on what Marsh’s contract looks like. The contract has been processed into the NFLPA salary database, and he is getting base salaries of $1.1 million in 2018 and $3.8 million in 2019. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Marsh received $3.1 million guaranteed, and his deal has a total base value of $7.7 million. Incentives and escalators could push the total value up to $12.7 million.
We are still awaiting word on the specifics, it would suggest Marsh’s base salary in 2018 is guaranteed, along with a $2 million signing or roster bonus. That would bring the total value up to $6.9 million, and seem to mean there is another $800,000 in roster and/or workout bonuses.
Considering Marsh was released after nine games with the New England Patriots, it’s an impressive turnaround. The 49ers pass rush was inconsistent much of last season, but Marsh did some solid work off the edge over the final six games. The 49ers still need to find more help, but this contract indicates a sizable opportunity for Marsh in 2018. Given the sizable increase in base salary in 2019, this would seem to give Marsh a season to prove he can build on those final six games. If he does, maybe they work on another contract extension. If he does not, they release him a year from now.