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Packers’ contract details for Quinton Dial, Ahmad Brooks, & Lane Taylor

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Green Bay still has about $11 million in salary cap space after the three signings.

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The Green Bay Packers made three notable contract signings official this week, inking former San Francisco 49ers Ahmad Brooks and Quinton Dial to one-year contracts and agreeing to terms with guard Lane Taylor on a three-year contract extension.

With these deals in hand and with the in-season salary cap rules now in effect (i.e. the Top 51 contract rule no longer applying), the Packers now have just under $11 million in salary cap space.

Here are details on the contracts for all three players, which each include certain provisions that are beneficial for the Packers.

Quinton Dial

Several sources are reporting that the Packers have given Dial a one-year contract worth $775,001. This is one dollar over the league minimum for a player of his experience (4 years in the NFL), and there is a very good reason for that number.

First, it does mean that the Packers do not get to take advantage of the veteran minimum salary benefit prescribed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. If Dial had signed for exactly the minimum of $775,000, he would have only cost the Packers $615,000 against the salary cap.

However, the reason the Packers are willing to absorb another $160,001 on the cap is due to the veteran benefit rules. Under that type of deal, the Packers would be unable to negotiate a contract extension with Dial until after free agency begins for the 2018 league year in March. However, by adding that one dollar, the team can sign him to an extension at any time they choose, which seems a likely scenario if he plays well this season.

Ahmad Brooks

Brooks’ contract is for one season and is worth a total of $3.5 million, not including incentives that fall in the “not likely to be earned” category. The contract breaks down as follows (per Tom Silverstein of Packersnews.com):

  • Base salary: $1.0M
  • Signing Bonus: $1.75M
  • Roster Bonuses: $750,000

If Brooks earns those incentives, that would bring the total value of the deal up to the $5 million that was originally reported.

Lane Taylor

Since Taylor’s deal is more lengthy, it is by its nature more complicated. Taylor gets a total of three extra years and $16.5 million of new money on the deal, which now runs through 2020. The contract adds a $5 million signing bonus, which gets spread out evenly over the next four years for salary cap purposes.

2017 only sees the $1.25M from his signing bonus added to the cap; he already had his base salary, roster bonuses, workout bonus, and a $600,000 portion of his previous signing bonus also on the cap for a total of $3.7M.

In future years, Taylor’s contract remains fairly steady with cap hits between $4M and $6M. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported the contract details earlier this week.

(All numbers below are in millions of dollars.)

Lane Taylor Contract

Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Roster Bonuses Total Cash Cap Hit
Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Roster Bonuses Total Cash Cap Hit
2017 $2.25 $5.00 $0.05 $0.50 $7.75 $4.95
2018 $1.10 $0.25 $1.50 $2.85 $4.10
2019 $2.60 $0.25 $1.25 $4.10 $5.35
2020 $3.80 $0.25 $0.50 $4.55 $5.80