Michael Gaines' deal with the Bears can be worth as much as $1.25 million if he hits the bonuses and incentives in the one-year contract.
Gaines will receive the minimum in base pay for the veteran at $620,000, but he can trigger the other money in the contract.
It's a prove-it deal for the tight end, who could also be used on occasion as a blocker coming out of the backfield.
Getting released following the draft by the Detroit Lions did not put Gaines in a good position, agent Tony Agnone agreed. But the one-year deal allows Gaines to show the Bears what he can do to work toward an extension with them. Otherwise, the contract puts him back in free agency at a more opportune time--when it's beginning.
"That meant a lot to me how the Bears recruited me,'' Gaines said. "So it was a no brainer for me."