Husain Abdullah

Husain Abdullah Announces Retirement

Free agent safety Husain Abdullah had been one of the best players still available at his position, but he has decided to call it a career rather than signing with a new team. Abdullah announced in an Instagram post today that he will retire, citing concussion concerns as a key reason for the decision.Husain Abdullah

“There are numerous deciding factors in my decision, with personal health being foremost,” the 30-year-old said within his statement. “Sitting for five weeks last year after suffering the fifth concussion of my career, I had a lot to contemplate. My goals moving forward are to be of benefit to my family, my community, my country and hopefully the world. Having a sound mind will be vital in accomplishing these goals.”

An undrafted free agent out of Washington State, Abdullah made his debut for the Vikings in 2008, serving primarily as a special-teamer during his first couple years in the NFL. However, he started 24 games at safety during his final two years in Minnesota, in 2010 and 2011, grabbing a career-high three interceptions in ’10.

Abdullah stepped away from football during the 2012 season after suffering multiple concussions in 2011, but returned for the Chiefs in 2013, and spent three years in Kansas City. His best season as a Chief came in 2014, when he stepped in as a starter during Eric Berry‘s absence, recording 71 tackles, 10 passes defended, and an interception for a touchdown.

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AFC Contract Details: Jones, Smith, Davis

Jacoby Jones has re-signed with the Ravens, on a modest four-year deal worth up to $12MM, reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter). The deal includes a $3.5MM signing bonus, with no other money guaranteed.

Here are more details on contracts signed for players by AFC teams this week:

  • Details on Steve Smith‘s deal with the Ravens were released earlier, but Wilson adds that his base salary for 2014 will only be $1MM, and will increase to $3MM for 2015 and 2016 (via Twitter).
  • While Vontae Davis‘ contract with the Colts was originally reported as including $20MM guaranteed, according to only $15MM is fully guaranteed, with an additional $5MM partially guaranteed.
  • Jason Babin‘s contract with the Jaguars will be a three-year deal worth $8.275MM, reports Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports (via Twitter). The contract is very incentive based (via Twitter).
  • Brandon Ghee signed a two-year deal with the Chargers, worth $1.65MM, reports Wilson (via Twitter). The deal includes a $230,000 signing bonus.
  • Richard Marshall‘s deal to re-sign with the Chargers is a one-year deal worth $855,000, reports Pelissero (via Twitter). The deal contains no guaranteed money.
  • Husain Abdullah‘s new deal with the Chiefs contains a $750,000 signing bonus, according to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star (via Twitter).

Contract Details: Verner, Griffen, Mitchell

As part of the 4-year, $26.5MM contract Alterraun Verner will sign with the Buccaneers, $1MM of the total value comes as a Pro Bowl incentive, tweets Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Here are the latest contract details from around the NFL..

  • Everson Griffen‘s $19.8MM of guaranteed money in his new deal with the Vikings comes from a $6MM signing bonus and fully guaranteed $6.9MM base salaries in 2014 and 2015, tweets Joel Corry of Griffen has a $8.2MM cap number in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and his cap number rises to $9.7MM in 2018, Corry tweets.If the Vikings cut Griffen after the 2015 season, they owe him nothing and take just a $3.6M cap hit, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
  • Michael Mitchell‘s five-year, $25MM deal with the Steelers calls for him to earn $6MM in the first year followed by a $2MM roster bonus due on the fifth day of 2015 league year, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
  • Toby Gerhart gets a $3MM roster bonus and $1MM base in the first year of his three-year, $10.5MM deal with the Jaguars, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today. He also has a $500K roster bonus guaranteed for skill/injury in ’15.
  • Tyson Jackson gets $9.5MM in first year of his five-year, $25MM pact from the Falcons, Pelissero tweets. He has another $1.5MM in 2015 guaranteed for injury only until next year. Jackson has $11MM guaranteed in total with an $8MM signing bonus, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
  • Wilson (on Twitter) has the goods on Darrell Stuckey‘s deal with the Chargers. It’s a four year, $7.6MM deal with $1.735MM guaranteed and salaries of $730K, $1MM, $1.235MM, and $2.9MM.
  • Earl Mitchell‘s deal with the Dolphins is as follows, according to Wilson (Twitter link): It’s a four-year, $19MM with $8MM guaranteed and a $2MM bonus. The salaries are $3MM, $4MM, $2.975MM, and $3.975MM .
  • In the Chiefs‘ two-year deal for Husain Abdullah, he’ll get $2.27MM in total with a $750K signing bonus, Wilson tweets. His salaries are $725K in 2014 and $745K in 2015.
  • Andre Roberts‘ four-year contract with the Redskins includes a $4MM signing bonus, tweets Zac Boyer of the Washington Times. He’ll count $2.25MM against the cap in 2014.

Chiefs, Husain Abdullah Agree To Terms

Safety Husain Abdullah and the Chiefs have agreed to terms on a two-year contract to keep the fifth-year pro in Kansas City, per Yahoo! Sports Reporter Rand Getlin (via Twitter).

Undrafted out of Washington State in 2008, Abdullah spent his first four seasons in Minnesota before signing a one-year deal with Kansas City last offseason. He played in all 16 regular season games last season, starting two, and recorded two interceptions in the Chiefs’ heartbreaking 45-44 Wild Card loss to the Indianapolis Colts.