Last updated on November 18, 2015 5:45 PM EDT

Stephen Gostkowski

Year Salary Prorated
Signing Bonus
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
2006 $275,000 $106,250 $381,250 $700,000 $425,000 $425,000 signing bonus
2007 $360,000 $106,250 $5,640 $471,890 $365,640 $318,750
2008 $445,000 $106,250 $5,640 $556,890 $450,640 $212,500
2009 $1,010,000 $106,250 $7,280 $1,123,530 $1,017,280
2010 $1,759,000 $800,000 $2,559,000 $5,759,000 $4,000,000 $4 million signing bonus.
2011 $1,700,000 $800,000 $100,000 $2,600,000 $1,800,000 $3,200,000
2012 $2,100,000 $800,000 $100,000 $3,000,000 $2,200,000 $2,400,000
2013 $2,500,000 $800,000 $100,000 $3,400,000 $2,600,000 $1,600,000
2014 $2,900,000 $800,000 $100,000 $3,800,000 $3,000,000 $800,000
2015 $4,440,000 $50,000 $100,000 $4,590,000 $4,590,000 $4,080,000

Stephen Gostkowski- From Mike Reiss' blog - "Kicker Stephen Gostkowski's four-year deal includes a $425,000 signing bonus and incentives that could increase the base salary in the final year"
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Gostkowski earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
November 16, 2008 update According to the USAToday salary database Gostkowkski earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money.
December 31, 2008 update I am presuming that Gostkowski has done enough to earn his escalator which will boost his 2009 salary from $530,000 to $1,010,000 (the lowest RFA tender).
March 4, 2010 update The Patriots made Gostkowski a RFA tender offer that makes his 2010 salary of $1,729,000.
September 19, 2010 update On August 26th the Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper tweeted "NFLPA has posted base salaries on Gostkowski extension: 2011 -- $1.7m, '12 --$2.1m, '13 -- $2.5m, '14 -- $2.9.m.".On August 25th the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged that "I’ve learned that Gostkowski’s contract has a total value of almost $14 million or an average of nearly $3.5 million per year. There is $5 million in guaranteed money. He will earn a salary of $1.759 million on a one-year deal in 2010, a bargain for a Pro Bowler"
November 14, 2010 update On November 12th the Boston Herald's Ian Rapaport blogged that "According to a league source, Gostkowski received a $4 million signing bonus that is fully guaranteed. And $1.1 million of his $1.7 million salary for 2011 is guaranteed for injury. That means, if it all goes wrong and he can’t return, he’s earned $5.1 million."
March 2, 2015 update Stephen Gostkowski was franchised tagged. Per the CBA the tag number is "120% of his Prior Year Salary" which is later defined as "For the purposes of this Article, “Salary” means the total of the Paragraph 5 Salary (reduced proportionately if the contract is entered into after the first regular season game), roster and reporting bonuses, pro-rata portion of signing bonus, and other payments to players in compensation for the playing of professional football for the applicable year of the player’s most recently negotiated Player Contract, except for performance bonuses other than roster and reporting bonuses." From past history performance bonuses includes offseason workout bonus. "For the purposes of this Article, the Required Tenders of a one-year Player Contract for at least 120% (or 144%, if the player is eligible to receive such a Tender) of the Franchise Player’s or 120% of the Transition Player’s Prior Year Salaries shall in addition to the 120% or 144% Salary also include all other terms of the player’s Prior Year contract, including any guarantees and any provisions providing for incentives or performance bonuses" which means that Gostkowski's 2014 offseason workout bonus and his $50,000 Pro Bowl bonus that were in his 2014 contract will carry over into his 2015 franchise tag tender. I like to thank Ian Whetstone for reminding me about Section 11.

July 18, 2015 update On July 17 ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss reported that "The following is a breakdown of the contract extension signed by New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski:
Terms: Four years, $17.2 million
Signing bonus: $6 million
Total guarantee: $10.1 million

Base salary: $1.8 million (fully guaranteed)
Workout bonus: $100,000
Roster bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 per game if active)
Salary cap charge: $3.6 million

Base salary: $2.3 million (fully guaranteed)
Workout bonus: $100,000
Roster bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 per game if active)
Salary cap charge: $4.1 million

Base salary: $2.7 million
Workout bonus: $100,000
Roster bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 per game if active)
Salary cap charge: $4.5 million

Base salary: $3.2 million
Workout bonus: $100,000
Roster bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 per game if active)
Salary cap charge: $5 million

ANALYSIS: This is a straight-forward deal that pays arguably the top kicker in the NFL at top-of-the-market rates. Gostkowski was scheduled to count $4.5 million on the salary cap this year as a franchise-tag player, so the Patriots gain about $900,000 in cap space with the extension this year. But more than that, the cap hits won't exceed $4.5 million until the final year of the deal, so by paying some well-deserved up-front money to Gostkowski ($8.1 million in cash in 2015 between signing bonus, base salary and workout/roster bonuses), the team also gains cap flexibility over the length of the deal. Thus, this is a situation where the player gets the desired financial boost, while it also helps the team from a long-range management perspective. It's the classic win-win situation."

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