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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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