The total: $19,512,619, which would be plenty to re-sign some of their free agents and sign the 10 draft picks and some undrafted free agents. Plus, there should be room to spare to sign a 2012 free agent such as Jordy Nelson, Josh Sitton or Jermichael Finley to an extension.
The following figures are arrived upon by taking the player's salary cap figure and subtracting the amount of prorated signing bonus that remains.
2011 cap figure: $6.9 million.
2011 cap relief: $5.2 million.
Explanation: Barnett has two years remaining on his contract, with prorated signing bonuses of $850,000 each year. Thus, it's $6.9 million minus the total $1.7 million of signing bonus remaining that brings the Packers' cap savings to the $5.2 million.
2011 cap figure: $5.65 million.
2011 cap relief: $5.65 million.
Explanation: Grant, who is entering the last year of his contract, was not given a signing bonus. His base salary ($3.5 million), roster bonus $1.75 million), workout bonus ($250,000) and performance bonuses (up to $1 million) would come off the books if released shortly after a new collective bargaining agreement is approved. That, however, won't happen, as the Packers have signaled that Grant is very much in their plans. According to FoxSports.com's Adam Caplan, who has access to more-thorough contract details than Packer Report, the Packers would be on the hook for $1 million of the roster bonus by the 15th day of the league-year, with an additional $750,000 broken into 17-week increments for each week on the active roster. Of the performance bonuses, $250,000 would be for a Pro Bowl season and another $500,000 for leading the NFC in rushing so are classified as "not likely to be earned." So, under the scenario that Grant plays through the preseason but is released at the end of camp, the cap relief would be $4.65 million (his cap figure minus the $1 million roster bonus).
2011 cap figure: $4,581,250.
2011 cap relief: $4,581,250.
Explanation: Like with Grant, Tauscher did not receive a signing bonus. There is a $281,250 roster bonus, $200,000 workout bonus and $150,000 of not-likely-to-be-earned performance bonuses that go with the base salary of $4.1 million. Tauscher told Packer Report recently that he is undecided on his playing future after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 4 last season.
2011 cap figure: $2.5 million.
2011 cap relief: $2.5 million.
Explanation: Poppinga is signed through 2012. There are no prorated signing bonuses being carried forward. In 2011, his base is $2.05 million with a roster bonus of $300,000, workout bonus of $150,000 and not-likely-to-be-earned performance bonuses of $100,000.
2011 cap figure: $2,417,500.
2011 cap relief: $695,000.
Explanation: Will this finally be the end for the always-injured Harrell? He has two years left on his contract for a minimum $650,000 this year and $1.536,750 in 2012. There are signing bonus prorations of $1,192,500 for this year and $530,000 for next year, meaning relatively minimal cap relief. However, in terms of real money, they'd save the base salaries, a $575,000 roster bonus for this year and a $110,000 workout bonus for this year, as well as the big salary increase for 2012 (when there are no roster/workout bonuses).
2011 cap figure: $528,068.
2011 cap relief: $431,929.
Explanation: Johnson, with two years remaining on his contract, has prorated signing bonuses of $48,068 in 2011 and $48,071 in 2012.
2011 cap figure: $505,550.
2011 cap relief: $454,450.
Explanation: Underwood, with two years remaining on his contract, has prorated signing bonuses of $25,550 each year.
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