According to Yates, McDonald can earn back the $2 million in base salary and $1 million roster bonus by being on the 53-man roster and 46-man roster this year.
Yates adds that this is likely tied to the shoulder issue that has kept him out of OTAs. McDonald had to be able to pass a physical on or before June 11 to ensure his $3 million base salary and $1 million roster bonus would be guaranteed.
However, with the shoulder issue, McDonald agreed to amend deal now and still have a shot to make the money back this year.
McDonald, 31, is a former seventh-round pick of the Bengals back in 2009. He lasted just a few years in Cincinnati before catching on with the Seahawks for the 2011 season.
After three years in Seattle, the Buccaneers signed him to a contract and he’s spent the past four years in Tampa Bay. The Broncos signed McDonald to a two-year, $7 million contract this offseason.
In 2017, McDonald appeared in 14 games for the Buccaneers and recorded 29 tackles, five sacks and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 111 interior defender out of 122 qualifying players.