[Kansas City.com] The Chiefs prevailed in their grievance case against Larry Johnson today when a special master ruled that $3.75 million of his salary in 2009 and 2010 was no longer guaranteed.
If the Chiefs decide to release or trade Johnson, the decision makes that move much easier on the Chiefs. His contract calls for $3.5 million of Johnson’s 2009 salary and $250,000 of his 2010 salary to be guaranteed regardless of whether he plays for them or not.
The special master ruled that Johnson forfeited his right to the guaranteed payments when he was suspended last year for one game by the NFL for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Johnson would still receive his full 2009 salary of $4.55 million if he plays the season for the Chiefs. If he’s released before the start of the regular season, the Chiefs are no longer obligated to pay him the $3.5 million, as they would have been before the special master’s ruling.
Johnson has 30 days to file an appeal.