Pollard Release Saves Only $500K in Cap Space Until June 1

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Pollard Release with “June 1st” Designation

According to the NFL’s official transactions report, the Ravens’ release of Safety Bernard Pollard was made with a “Post June 1 Designation”.  This means that Pollard will remain on the Ravens Salary Cap until June 1, at which time the team will receive the Cap savings from his release.

First a little background on the difference between a pre-June 1st release and a post-June 1st release.

When a player is released prior to June 1st, the team is relieved of having to count the player’s base salary (unless guaranteed), but does have all future bonus prorations accelerate and count against the Cap (along with the present year’s bonus proration).

On the other hand, when a player is released after June 1st, the team is relieved of having to count the player’s base salary and only the present year’s bonus proration counts against the Cap.  All future bonus proration then accelerate against the following year’s Salary Cap.

The Post June 1 Designation was first implemented by the 2006 league CBA and aimed at allowing players who were destined to be released after June 1 (because it benefited the team from a Salary Cap perspective) to be released sooner – and hit the free agent market when more money was available – as opposed to having to wait and be released after June 1st.

Basically, it allows a team to designate two players per season with the Post June 1 Designation, thereby receiving June 1st Salary Cap treatment, but while allowing the player to become a free agent earlier and, in theory, find a new deal earlier in the free agency period.

So, how does this all apply to Pollard and the Ravens?

Pollard was originally set to have a 2013 Cap number of $3.25M, which included his base salary of $2M, his Roster Bonus of $500K and the 2013 bonus proration of $750K from his 2012 Signing Bonus ($3M bonus/4 years = $750K proration each year).

Since he was released with the Post June 1 Designation, Pollard will remain on the Ravens Cap until June 1st – but at $2.75M, since he was released before his $500K Roster Bonus was paid.  After June 1, his base salary will be removed from the Cap and only the 2013 bonus proration of $750K will remain.

Therefore on June 1 the Ravens will get another $2M in cap relief for 2013 however, the remaining 2 years of bonus prorations of $750K each will accelerate against the 2014 Cap and count as $1.5M in dead money.

Had Pollard been released without the Post June 1 Designation, all of the bonus prorations, totaling $2.25M, would have counted as dead money against the 2013 Cap.  That would have meant only $1M in Cap savings for 2013, but there would have been no Cap charges carried over into 2014.

While using the Post June 1 Designation would have likely been considered as an unwise Cap move in past, the new CBA allows teams to carry over Cap space from one year to the next, so any excess Cap space created by Post June 1 Designation can be carried over into 2014 to offset the dead money created by this maneuver.

12 Raves on “Pollard Release Saves Only $500K in Cap Space Until June 1

  1. Luke on said:

    So, Brian, correct me if I’m wrong, but the $500k we save pre-June 1st is basically a wash, because we clear him off our “rule of 51″ roster, but have to add another play back on. I believe that player brought onto the RO51 roster carries a cap # of $480.

    So, short term, there is no real savings. Correct? Assuming the Ravens don’t spend that extra $2m after June 1st, there is no major savings either if I’m reading it correctly. The $2 million will carry over to our 2014 cap, but so will the $1.5 in dead money.

    Any way you spin this decision to part ways with Pollard, it is apparent to me that money was not the factor here.

  2. Ravenwoman on said:

    So basically, we gain another $750K this year, but the remainder of the “bonus” will accelerate in 2014 and we will have $1.5M of dead money on the books. Robbing Peter to pay Paul.

  3. cisco on said:

    Harbs wants a bunch of lemmings that will do whatever he say’s with no back mouth or questions;Pollard was to strong for him.

  4. Ravcolt on said:

    Brian, not sure I understand the Ravens thinking (perhaps a good thing). If we probably won’t be as competitive in 2013 as we will in 2014, why not take the entire cap hit this year? We may as well purge players and dollars as quickly as possible, and take the big hit in one year. This gives them more flexibility for next year’s cap should they want to sign a free agent or two.

  5. home-slice on said:

    Pollard got robbed by the Ravnens. How disrespectfull for a football team to do this to one of its star players!!!! I though the Ravens had more class the this.

  6. hank on said:

    Pollard was right, the NFL will be NO more in 30 years. As of today, the NFL wants to try to ban running backs from running with their heads down. This is the most insane buch of crap I seen so far. I hope the owners don’t vote this in …. i mean they can’t lol It would be a good laugh, kind of like a cartoon , but ahhh the NFL won’t be getting any of my money or time if this passes. But the Ravens screwed over Pollard. He played the game how it should be played. Now its more like touch football .. a joke!!!

  7. hime on said:

    So the ravens are getting younger on offense… But older on defense?

    That seems backwards…

    Kind of excited to see what sort of train wreck happens in September once we see. How badly the ravens ruined their team.

  8. John on said:

    Some of you are retarded for thinking that you have any basis to question the FO. You’re a bunch of moronic fans with no knowledge. Keep your ignorant mouth shut and enjoy the quality product that the Ravens provide. I don’t want to hear the whining anymore, spoiled brats.

  9. Charlie on said:

    The Ravens got rid of the BIG MOUTHS who thought they were running the team instead of John Harbaugh. Those were the types that got Billick fired and convinced Bisciotti that Billick had lost ontrol of the locker room. The mutiny that was lead by Pollard & friends are no longer here. That’s a good thing. Plus…getting Canty and Spears to sure up the middle of our defense is brilliant. Terrance Cody was horrible and Ellerbe Ray and Pollard were useless in pass coverage. Props to Ozzie and Harbaugh for purging thes huge weak links. Plus Kruger was a 3rd down situational pass rusher who no more deserved $8 million a year than a man in the moon.

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