An important contract-year has come to a premature end for Jay Ajayi. After being placed on Injured Reserve with a torn ACL, Ajayi will be done for the rest of the season, and will most likely hit the open market and become a Free Agent in March. Since he wasn’t able to put up big numbers, a long-term contract with big-money doesn’t seem in the works now for Ajayi. Luckily for him, he was prepared for this scenario.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2018
Ajayi payed for an insurance policy likely in the neighborhood of $80,000-$100,000 to help protect his value for this next contract. From Ian Rapoport:
“Ajayi was valued as a significant free agent based on the policy. If the injury takes his market down to a point where he would be a lower-level free agent, he can receive a maximum payout $5 million net — after taxes.
In other words, if Ajayi’s free-agent value goes down, the policy will help make up the difference. Let’s say he’s valued as being able to earn a four-year, $16-million contract before the injury. But now, he ends up earning just $8 million over four years.
The policy should end up paying him to make up the difference with $5 million tax-free.”
Maybe this policy will end up making it possible for a potential return to the Eagles next season for cheap since Ajayi wants to win more Super Bowls.