When Philadelphia Eagles FB Leonard Weaver signed a three-year, $11.2 million deal which included $6.5 million guaranteed, he became the highest paid player at his position at an average per year of $3.67 million.
Weaver, who is known as one of the classiest players in the league, suffered a horrific left knee injury during the first regular season game last season. Subsequent major left knee surgery and later, left foot surgery, has left his career in serious doubt.
CSNPhilly.com reported earlier this year that Weaver had a rare surgery called tendon transfer for his injured left foot. In this type of surgery, doctors remove a tendon from an unimportant area and surgically attach it to muscles at the top of the foot, which when successful gives the patient the strength and ability needed to lift his foot.
While Weaver continues to rehab his injuries in the hope of playing next season, the good thing is his $2.5 million base salary is guaranteed for skill and injury, a source confirmed. This means if the Eagles decided to cut him, they would still owe him $1 million for 2011.
Weaver, who is signed through 2012, also carries a base salary of $2.5 million for the final year of his deal. The contract carries a roster bonus of $500,000 due on the first day of the new league year for the final season.
FB Owen Schmitt, who filled in for Weaver last season, is signed through 2011 at a base salary of $555,000.