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    I read in many articles that the X player has for example $1.5 million base salary for year 2013.

    What's the base salary? It's not the guaranteed, right? Is it the one he will get in case he meets the goals/clauses (like being on the roster bonus, play a certain amount of games etc) of his contract for year 2013?

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    The base salary is essentially what a player gets for being on the roster during a season. It is paid out game by game, and is typically unguaranteed if a player gets cut. The base salary can have incentives built into it based on statistics/playing time, but it doesn't have to. When you hear of a player being suspended for a game, he loses that game check, or 1/16 of his base salary for that year.

    That's opposed to the signing bonus, which is paid out entirely up front. Or the roster bonuses, which are paid out as a lump sum if the player is on the roster as of a certain date. Those are for cap purposes prorated over several years, while the base salary has no need to be prorated since it is not paid out as a lump sum.

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    I read in many articles that the X player has for example $1.5 million base salary for year 2013.

    What's the base salary? It's not the guaranteed, right? Is it the one he will get in case he meets the goals/clauses (like being on the roster bonus, play a certain amount of games etc) of his contract for year 2013?
    Just to augment what Cubs231721 said.

    Here's an example for Erik Walden's contract:
    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4912/erik-walden
    (click on "view contract details")

    3/12/2013: Signed a four-year, $16 million contract. The deal contains $8 million guaranteed -- a $1 million signing bonus and each of Walden's first two base salaries. 2013: $3 million, 2014: $4 million, 2015-2016: $4 million, 2017: Free Agent
    As it says the guaranteed money covers the signing bonus and the first two base years. It would make no sense to cut him before the second year because the Colts guaranteed to pay him that money. If he plays all 4 years then his cost against the cap would look like this:

    2013: $3.25 million (base + 1/4 the signing bonus each year)
    2014: $4.25 million
    2015: $4.25 million
    2016: $4.25 million

    The earliest they might cut him is after the 2nd year. If they do that then the cap costs would be:
    2013: $3.25 million
    2014: $4.25 million
    2015: $0.50 million (the remaining half of the signing bonus yet to be accounted for)

    The Colts would have paid him his guaranteed $8 mill and saved $8 mill of the original contract.

    But let's hope that he plays well enough to stick around all four years.

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