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Everything You Need To Know About Football Contracts As Told By Dogs

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The base salary counts against the cap each year, but is not fully guaranteed to the player.


In other words, teams usually put the "guaranteed" money up front so that when the player gets cut before reaching the end of his deal — TOUGH BISCUITS! — he isn't entitled to any money from his salary in future years.

The signing bonus does carry a cap hit... but it's delayed.


The yearly cap hit = the bonus divided by the number of years on the deal.

$10 million signing bonus with a five-year contract = $2 million cap hit every year.

Finally, players are given extra bonus money based on various performance metrics.


These include roster-, workout-, and incentive-based bonuses and are usually determined between the team and the player during negotiations.

Dead money is basically a sum of all remaining bonus money + the salary from the year he was cut. / Via

Simply put, dead money is the lump sum of the cap hit the team still owes to a player... but it can be a bit more complicated than that.

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