TSN's Bob McKenzie reported its total is $37.1 million, an average annual value of $5.3 million. He also reported Horton will receive $30 million in the first five seasons. The $37.1 million is the most total money any unrestricted free agent received Friday.
"We went into the market looking for a scorer, a proven scorer, that can bring offensive skill and power forward type to our team," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. "We found the No. 1 guy on our list and got him signed."
Horton, 28, spent the past three seasons with the Boston Bruins. He had 13 goals and 22 points in 48 games in 2012-13, then had 19 points and a League-best plus-20 rating in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Bruins lost the Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Horton helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, scoring series-clinching goals against the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round and the Tampa Bay Lighting in the Eastern Conference Final.
"I want to bring what I can to the team. I think that scoring goals, battling, bringing pucks to the net, like a power forward does, that's what I want to do," Horton told reporters at Nationwide Arena. "But again, I'll do anything it takes, wherever I'm slotted and wherever the coach wants me to be, that's where I'll play and I'll be happy to do it because I want to get back and be in the playoffs, obviously, and everyone else does. I think we've got the team to do it. I think that's why we're so excited here. There's a buzz going around and I've felt it since I got here."