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Details of Ravens’ Rookie Contracts

Salary Cap Details of Ravens’ Rookie Contracts

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Under the CBA of 2011, all rookies receive 4-year contracts, generally with a signing bonus and often with minimum base salaries set for each year of the deal.  While 1st and 2nd round picks may have base salaries of more than the minimum in years 2 through 4 of their deals, even those players will almost always receive the rookie minimum base salary during their first year.  For 2012, the minimum base salary for a rookie is $390K.  For Salary Cap purposes, the bonus received by the player is prorated over the 4 years of the deal and that prorated amount is added to the base salary to create the player’s Cap number. 

By way of example, in 2011, the Baltimore Ravens had a rookie pool of $4.578M for their 8 draft picks.  That is the team’s “rookie salary pool” and is based on the number of the team’s draft picks and where those picks were drafted.

That is the number that Ravens needed to fit the 2011 Cap numbers of all of their rookies under, but, again, that doesn’t mean that the Ravens needed $4.578M in Cap space in order to fit their rookies under the overall Salary Cap.

This, again, is where the Rookie Cap and the Rule of 51 become intertwined – and where most of the misunderstanding regarding the Rookie Cap comes from.  Since each of the 2011 draft picks had a base salary of only the 2011 rookie minimum of $375K (which is the lowest possible base salary for any player), none of the draft picks’ base salaries will actually count against the team’s overall Salary Cap under the Rule of 51 guidelines.

As such, it is only the amortized portions of the draft picks’ signing bonuses that counted against the team’s overall Salary Cap.  

So, that is how the Year One Rookie Allocation, a.k.a Rookie Salary Cap – the “cap within a cap” – actually works and demonstrates the actual impact of the Rookie Cap on the team’s overall Salary Cap.

Once the season starts, however, the entire Cap Numbers of the rookies who make the team must be fit under the team’s overall Cap.  The impact of that, though, actually operates to save the team a little bit of Salary Cap space, since the rookies are making the rookie minimum base salary and replacing players on the roster who were making more in base salary.  

Here’s a snap shot of all the Ravens’ rookie contracts:

2nd ROUND PICK – COURTNEY UPSHAW

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $5,296,698, with a bonus of $2,292,144.

Upshaw’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

2,292,144

390,000

963,036

2013

630,759

1,203,795

2014

871,518

1,444,554

2015

1,112,277

1,685,313

2nd ROUND PICK – KELECHI OSEMELE:

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $3,345,870, with a bonus of $873,360.

Osemele’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

873,360

390,000

608,340

2013

542,085

760.425

2014

694,170

912,510

2014

846,255

1,064,595

3RD ROUND PICK – BERNARD PIERCE

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $2,655,944, with a bonus of $555,944.

Pierce’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

555,944

390,000

528,986

2013

480,000

618,986

2014

570,000

708,986

2015

660,000

798,986

4th ROUND PICK – GINO GRADKOWSKI:

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $2,584,424, with a bonus of $484,424.

Gradkowski’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

484,424

390,000

511,106

2013

480,000

601,106

2014

570,000

691,106

2015

660,000

781,106

4th ROUND PICK – CHRISTIAN THOMPSON:

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $2,400,584, with a bonus of $300,584.

Thompson’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

300,584

390,000

465,146

2013

480,000

555,146

2014

570,000

645,146

2015

660,000

735,146

5th ROUND PICK – ASA JACKSON:

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $2,244,560, with a bonus of $144,560.

Jackson’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

144,560

390,000

426,140

2013

480,000

516,140

2014

570,000

606,140

2015

660,000

696,140

6th ROUND PICK – TOMMIE STREETER:

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $2,194,502, with a bonus of $94,502.

Streeter’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

94,052

390,000

413,513

2013

480,000

503,513

2014

570,000

593,513

2015

660,000

683,513

7th ROUND PICK – DeANGELO TYSON:

Status:  SIGNED – 4-year deal worth $2,147,592, with a bonus of $47,592.

Tyson’s Salary Cap charges will be as follows:

Year

Signing
Bonus

Base
Salary

Cap
Charge

2012

47,592

390,000

401,898

2013

480,000

491,898

2014

570,000

581,898

2015

660,000

671,898

UNDRAFTED ROOKIES (UDFAs):

All undrafted rookies signed 3-year contracts, with base salaries of $390K (2012), $480K (2013) and $570K (2014).

The UDFAs received the following signing bonuses:
 

UDFA

Signing Bonus

Notes/Status

FB Jamison Berryhill

$2,000.00

(since released and re-signed)

QB John Brantley

$3,000.00

S Omar Brown, Omar

$1,000.00

(since released)

OL Jack Cornell

$4,000.00

CB Chad Diehl

$3,000.00

LB Eltoro Freeman

$0

WR Devin Goda

$2,500.00

WR Dorian Graham

$3,000.00

DT Elliott Henigan

$2,000.00

DT Nicholas Jean-Baptiste

$5,000.00

DT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen

$5,000.00

OL Addison Lawrence

0.00

OL Antoine McClain

$4,000.00

DE Terrence Moore

$2,500.00

RB Brandon Pendergrass 

$1,500.00

TE Nick Provo 

$6,000.00

(since released)

S Cyhl Quarles 

$4,000.00

RB Bobby Rainey 

$1,500.00

WR Deonte Thompson 

$4,000.00

LB Nigel Carr

$0.00

TE Bruce Figgins

$0.00

CB Jordan Mabin

$0.00

QB Chester Stewart

$0.00

TE Matt Balasavage

$0.00

 

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