View Full Version : How do signing bonuses affect the cap?

02-10-2012, 02:06 AM
Also, I heard that the Eagles and Jets were both great at restructuring contracts so they don't take huge cap hits. What is the secret?

02-10-2012, 06:01 AM
Bonuses hit the cap just like base salaries. All the creativity of bonuses does is control when it actually does.

i.e. Jets' Darrelle Revis signs a 4 year 46mil deal. He got $25mil paid out this year alone [$18 mil in bonus + 7mil in base] when they actually have cap room, then will get paid a mere $7.5 mil and 6mil [same as Corey Webster] in the following two years when their cap issues really begin. I would hardly say the Jets handled their contracts well, though. They have a lot of horrible contracts of players who won't be cut, simply bc it would result in a mass of dead money.

02-10-2012, 08:10 AM
A signing bonus gets pro rated over the length of the contract.