Last updated on January 1, 2016 6:45 PM EDT

Julian Edelman

Year Salary Prorated
Signing Bonus
Amortization
Roster Bonus LTBE incentive Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Cash Received Remaining Guaranteed Money Cap Hit if Cut Cap Savings if Cut or Traded Comments
2014 $1,000,000 $1,250,000 $500,000 $2,750,000 $6,500,000 $6,000,000 Salary fully guaranteed
31,250 roster bonus per game that Edelman is active (maximum value of $500,000)
500,000 NLTBE incentives including wins.
2015 $2,250,000 $1,250,000 $703,125 $500,000 $4,203,125 $3,500,000 $5,750,000 2 million salary guaranteed for injury during 2014 League Year converts to fully guaranteed in 2015.
46,875 roster bonus per game that Edelman is active (maximum value of $750,000)
500,000 LTBE incentives including wins.
2016 $2,500,000 $1,250,000 $421,875 $250,000 $4,421,875 $3,500,000 $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $1,396,875 $46,875 roster bonus per game that Edelman is active (maximum value of $750,000)
500,000 NLTBE incentives including wins.
2017 $3,000,000 $1,250,000 $421,875 $250,000 $4,921,875 $3,671,875 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $3,671,875 $46,875 roster bonus per game that Edelman is active (maximum value of $750,000)
500,000 NLTBE incentives including wins.
On March 19 ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss reported that
Breaking down receiver Julian Edelman's contract with the Patriots:

Term: Four years
Signing bonus: $5 million
Maximum value: $19 million

2014
Base: $1 million (guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $500,000 ($31,250 per game on 46-man roster)
Incentives: Up to $500,000
Cap: $2.75 million

2015
Base: $2.25 million ($2 million guaranteed for injury only, converts to skill guarantee in 2015)
Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game on 46-man roster)
Incentives: Up to $500,000
Cap: $4.25 million

2016
Base: $2.5 million
Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game on 46-man roster)
Offseason workout: $250,000
Incentives: Up to $500,000
Cap: $4.75 million

2017
Base: $3 million
Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game on 46-man roster)
Offseason workout: $250,000
Incentives: Up to $500,000
Cap: $5.25 million

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: This is what we would define as a real contract that gives Edelman a chance to earn all the money because there are no volatile spikes in future years to inflate the overall terms of the contract (in contrast to Darrelle Revis' contract). In looking at the incentives, one thing that stood out was that one of them was for team wins, which was a different twist to tie the team's success into a player's earnings. There was interest in comparing this contract to what Danny Amendola signed last year, and the feeling here is that Edelman, while coming up a bit short of Amendola's guaranteed money, was simply hurt a bit by timing. Had he had a 105-catch season in 2012 and hit the market in 2013, he probably would have commanded more. But the market takes on a different shape each year and the overall receiver market was down in 2014 compared to last year. Thus, the feeling here is that Edelman did well given those circumstances, and the Patriots rewarded him fairly while navigating a tricky situation because of the Amendola deal.


September 28, 2014 update On September 28 ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss reported that "Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is off to a fast start with 22 receptions for 260 yards and one touchdown and the team is 2-1 which means he is well on his way to earning the $500,000 in incentives. Edelman gets the $500,000 if one of the following four things happens:

Here's a graphical snapshot of Edelman's cap hits

Julian Edelman's cap hits

January 1, 2016 update Julian Edelman was inactive for seven games in 2015 making his 46-man active roster bonus LTBE for 9, not 16 games for the 2016 season.

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