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NFL CBA Series: Signing Bonus Proration

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Signing bonuses and other amounts with the same designation do not have to count directly against a team’s salary cap in the League Year they are paid. These amounts can be spread over the life of a Player Contract up to a maximum of five years (Art. 13, Sec. 6, I, 93).
Though the team can pay the player the entire payment at once, for salary cap purposes the figure is reduced to make a large signing bonus manageable under the cap. The Packers would have had to gut a good portion of their roster to afford Aaron Rodgers’ $35 million signing bonus this season. The same goes for the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco. Continue reading

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