It seems like no matter how many times we discuss how contracts are handled cap-wise, no one gets any wiser.
Here are the facts once again:
This stuff is not that hard to understand. If we cut DWill after this season, JR will be saving himself some cash, but the team will have to absorb a $9.6 million hit to the cap. That isn't going to happen.
- Bonus money is always spread out over the length of the contract
- It doesn't matter if you pay the bonus up front, or over several years, it always is divided over the contract length
- We can cut DWill at any time, but the bonus charge allocated to future years all gets crammed into the year we cut him
- DWill's contract is back-loaded, not front-loaded
- When people talk about the later years not being guaranteed, they are talking about salary. You can dump the salary. You cannot dump the cap hit from bonuses.
The bonus money paid up front would accelerate and be a cap hit in the year you let him go.