Last updated on October 17, 2014 9:20 PM EDT
|Workout Bonus||Total Cap Figure||Cash Received||Remaining Guaranteed Money||Comments|
|2004||$325,000||$500,000||$325,000||$0||$1,150,000||$4,150,000||$3,000,000||$3MM Signing Bonus
Roster Bonus earned on September 1
|2005||$310,000||$1,550,000||$0||$4,620||$1,864,620||$2,814,620||$5,000,000||$2.5MM Option Bonus
$550,000 Deion Allocation
|2006||$440,000||$1,550,000||$0||$4,840||$1,994,840||$444,840||$3,950,000||$550,000 Deion allocation|
|2007||$600,000||$633,334||$0||$5,160||$1,238,494||$605,160||$1,900,000||-$366,666 Deion allocation|
|2008||$1,400,000||$633,334||$0||$6,720||$2,040,054||$1,406,720||$1,266,666||-$366,666 Deion Allocation
Vince reached a $700,000 escalator for the 2009 season.
|2009||$2,300,000||$633,332||$0||$6,720||$2,940,052||$2,306,720||$633,332||-$366,668 Deion Allocation
Vince earned a $1.4 million escalator for the 2009 season.
|2010||$750,000||$3,600,000||$150,000||$100,000||$4,600,000||$19,000,000||$18,000,000||$18 million signing bonus
$750,000 salary guaranteed
Wilfork has a $150,000 weight clause.
|2011||$810,000||$3,600,000||$135,000||$100,000||$4,645,000||$1,045,000||$14,400,000||$810,000 salary guaranteed
Wilfork has a $135,000 weight clause.
|2012||$4,500,000||$3,600,000||$300,000||$200,000||$8,600,000||$5,000,000||$10,800,000||Wilfork has a $300,000 weight clause.|
46-man Active Roster Bonus
|Total Cap Figure||Cash Received||Remaining Guaranteed Money||Cap Hit if Cut||Cap Savings if Cut or Traded||Comments||2013||$6,500,000||$3,600,000||$300,000||$200,000||$10,600,000||$7,000,000||$7,200,000||$7,200,000||$3,400,000||Wilfork has a $300,000 weight clause.|
|$205,600||$7,388,933||$4,655,600||$4,900,000||$4,900,000||Wilfork has a $300,000 weight clause
500K 53-man roster
$87,500 46-man active roster bonus.
|$8,933,333||$8,500,000||$866,667||$866,667||$7,566,667||Wilfork has a $300,000 weight clause
4 million roster bonus due 1st day of 2015 League Year
$31,250 46-man active roster bonus
|$6,933,334||$6,500,000||$433,334||$433,334||$5,975,000||Wilfork has a $300,000 weight clause.
$31,250 46-man active roster bonus
Mike Reiss of The MetroWest Daily News reported on 7/19 that "Patriots have reached a contract agreement with first-round pick Vince Wilfork today, signing him to a six-year contract that could be worth up to $18.05 million. The contract includes $5.825 million worth of bonus money -- $3 million coming in the form of a signing bonus and $2.5 million as part of an option bonus to be paid in the first week of 2005. The deal also includes a $325,000 roster bonus for 2004. The 2005 and 2006 base salaries are guaranteed, meaning the deal includes $6.575 million worth of guaranteed money." On 7/20 Reiss reported that "the total value of the contract could possibly be up to $18.05 million, with a $4 million "escalator" in the fifth year and a $5 million "escalator" in the sixth year. Wilfork's "escalators" start kicking in at 55 percent time, which puts him in the minority. Most 2003 draft picks started at 60 percent. The club retains an option on the final two years of the deal, which includes a $500,000 bonus if Wilfork makes the Pro Bowl in his fifth year and $400,000 bonus if he makes it in Year 6."
July 21, 2004 update - From ESPN.Com - "1a. DT Vince Wilfork (Miami/No. 21 selection overall). Signing bonus: $3,000,000. Base salaries: $325,000 (2004, plus $325,000 roster bonus); $810,000 (2005, plus $2,500,000 option bonus); $940,000 (2006); $1,100,000 (2007); $700,000 (2008); $800,000 (2009). Note: If option exercised, base salaries reduce to $310,000 (2005), $440,000 (2006), $600,000 (2007). Base salaries are guaranteed in both 2005-2006. Total: six years, $9 million, but could be worth as much as $18.05 million if all "escalators" are earned. Salary cap charge: $1,150,000.
March 10, 2005 update - It appears from the NFLPA site that the Patriots exercised their option paying Wilfork his $2.5 million bonus and lowering his future salaries.
April 7, 2005 update - From the CBA - "[A]ny multi-year Player Contract not unconditionally approved by the Commissioner as of the date hereof, other than any multi-year Player Contract executed in the last Capped Year of this Agreement, that extends from a Capped Year into any Uncapped Year (hereinafter “Subject Contract”). For purposes of determining Team Salary, if (i) the sum of the player’s Paragraph 5 Salary, roster bonuses that are based upon the player making any of the Club’s roster categories without limitation, and reporting bonuses during all Capped Years of the Subject Contract (but, if there are fewer than three remaining Capped Years, during the first three years of the Subject Contract) in the aggregate less than (ii) the portion of the Subject Contract’s signing bonus that would be allocated to those League Years if the signing bonus were prorated equally over the term of the Subject Contract, then: the difference between the amounts calculated pursuant to (ii) and (i) of this sentence, up to 50% of the portion of the signing bonus that would otherwise be allocated to the Uncapped Years (the “Difference”), shall be deducted in equal portions from those Uncapped Years and reallocated in equal portions over the Capped Years of the Subject Contract (or, if there are fewer than three Capped Years within the term of the Subject Contract, over the first three years of the Subject Contract).
In Wilfork's case, the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses for the 1st 3 years of his contract totaled out to $1,400,000. The combined prorated signing bonuses in the 1st 3 years of the contract (2004-2006) totaled out to be $2,500,000. That is a $1,100,000 difference. 1,100,000/2=550,000. 1,100,000/3=366,667. There will be a $550,000 charge added to Wilfork's cap numbers for the years 2005 and 2006 and then there will be a $366,667 credit subtracted from Wilfork's 2007, 2008 and 2009 cap numbers.
April 9, 2006 update On January 22nd the Boston Globe had in their written edition of the Boston Sunday Globe a chart listing the 2006 cap hits for all of the players signed for the 2006 season. Wilfork's cap hit was listed as $1.99 or $1,990,000 so I rechecked my Deion calculations and I now think that my prior method was incorrect. The shown calculations are the correct ones.
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Wilfork earned $5,160 in offseason workout bonus money, not the $6,720 that I had reported previously.
December 20, 2007 update According to NFLNetwork's Adam Schefter, Wilfork "had a Pro Bowl escalator in his contract that boosted next year’s base salary by $500,000." so his 2008 salary now listed as $700,000 will be at least $1,200,000.
March 4, 2008 update According to the NFLPA.org site Wilfork's 2008 salary is now scheduled to be $1.4 million so it appeared that Wilfork had earned $700,000 out of possible $4 million in escalators.
December 31, 2008 update I am presuming that when Wilfork reached the escalators for the 2008 season that they also increased his 2009 salary by at least the same amount.
March 3, 2009 update According to the NFLPA.org site Wilfork's 2009 salary is now scheduled to be $2.3 million so it appeared that Wilfork had earned $1,500,000 out of possible $5 million in escalators.
March 2, 2010 update The 2010 franchise tag number for a defensive tackle is $7,003,000.
March 5, 2010 update The Boston Globe's Albert Breer blogged that "Deal is for five years, $40 million. $25 million guaranteed. $18 million signing bonus."
March 10, 2010 update The Boston Globe's Albert Breer blogged that "So here it is, as reported to the NFLPA:
SIGNING BONUS - $18 million
Add it all up and it comes to $40 million, on the nose. No escalators or hard-to-reach incentives. Simply put, if Vince plays out this deal, makes weight, and shows up for the offseason program, he stands to earn every last penny on his new deal, which expires a little ways after his 33rd birthday."
July 23, 2011 update Wilfork's salary was at the minimum. Therefore, it was increased to $810,000 as part of the new CBA. On March 28 the Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper reported "Wilfork agreed to a three-year deal that could pay him up to $8 million this year and $22.5 million over the next three seasons. This year Wilfork will make more than $2.5 million in signing bonus and base salary, according to a league source. Then he has the same weight bonus ($300,000) and workout bonus ($200,000) he had in his prior deal. Wilfork has another half-million-dollar bonus for spending one game on the 53-man roster and then he has per game 46-man active roster bonuses up to $1.4 million. The remaining money is earnable in playing time incentives. The Patriots then have an option bonus to pay before the start of the 2015 league year that would trigger the second year of the deal."
March 29, 2014 update On March 29 ESPNBoston's Field Yates reported "Below is a breakdown of the contract Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork agreed to on Thursday with the team:
Signing bonus:$1.3 million
Base salary:$1.3 million (guaranteed)
Weight clause incentive:$300,000
Offseason workout bonus:$200,000
Per game roster bonus 1:$500,000 for the first game on the 53-man roster
Per game roster bonus 2:$87,500 for each game on the 46-man game day roster (up to $1.4 million)
My notes - FYI - If the Patriots choose not to pay the 2015 $4m roster bonus, they will have to cut Vince before 2015 League Year begins. If cut, he will then have a head start on free agency while making him ineligible to be franchise tagged while also being ineligible for 2016 compensatory picks process. Ever since Field Yates wrote "500,000 for the first game on the 53-man roster" I have seen it interpreted as Vince Wilfork has to make the 53-man roster Week 1 in order to collect the money. I am pretty sure and Field Yates confirmed my suspicion over Twitter that the 500K is contingent is making the 53-man roster anytime during season. In other words, the Patriots gave Wilfork the 53-man roster deal as they did Brandon Browner.
Here's a graphical snapshot of Wilfork's cap hits
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