Can someone please explain why Anthony Gonzalez's base salary is $701K and not $700K?

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  1. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    Can someone please explain why Anthony Gonzalez's base salary is $701K instead of $700K?

    I know it sounds like a little thing, but that $1K basically disqualifies his contract from the Minimum Salary Benefit (a UFA like Niko Koutouvides who signs a one-year deal for the minimum salary + a bonus of $65,000 or less counts only as much as a third-year player's minimum salary against the cap). That means ATM the Pats are paying him $1,000 extra, but it costs them an extra $150K or so against the cap.

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  2. TyronePoole

    TyronePoole Banned

    bounty bonus obviously
  3. MoLewisrocks

    MoLewisrocks Supporter Supporter

    It may have something to do with his agreeing to the more important item which is his is a split contract, so if he lands on IR even in season they don't have to pay him the full value of the deal.
  4. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    Seems a rather big risk, though, for $1,000 in extra salary you might not even collect. . . .
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
  5. ATippett56

    ATippett56 Pro Bowl Player

    You did not hear about the Roger Goodell bounty insurance program instituted last night?

    $1,000 is all it takes! :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
  6. SirApropos

    SirApropos On the Game Day Roster

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    Is there a limit on how many vet minimum deals a team can have?

    That was my initial thought.
  7. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    No. It's part of the CBA that every vet contract that satisfies the requirements is treated the same.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
  8. Blizzzard

    Blizzzard Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    It seems to me that HE of all people would be willing to take a dive at Bernard Pollards knee..... Gratis! :D

    Maybe BB has designed a play in which all players on offense besides Brady, Gronk, Welker and Gonzalez line up as blockers... Then create a wedge straight at Pollard... And once at Pollards position, the wedge opens to all 4 of those guys taking a shot at his sensitive areas in succession from smallest to largest, with Gronk administering the "Death Blow"!

    Bwaaah Ha ha ha ha ha ha..... :D
  9. Urgent

    Urgent In the Starting Line-Up

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    This strikes me as the same motivation as swapping sixth round picks, or goofing with injury reports.
  10. unoriginal

    unoriginal In the Starting Line-Up

    My shot-in-the-dark guess, given this non-benefit-qualifying, split contract would be that the Patriots value being able to renegotiate with Gonzalez immediately after the season ends, whether he's on IR or on the active roster, over the minor salary cap savings they would get from a qualifying contract.

    The Cowboys recently lost Laurent Robinson because they couldn't negotiate with him before free agency opened, as he was playing for them on a qualifying contract, and Jacksonville stepped in with a monster offer; five years, $32.5 million.

    The fact that the Patriots decided to invalidate the Minimum Salary Benefit by upping salary $1,000 dollars instead of attaching non-qualifying bonuses means they also consider cutting Gonzalez outright a definite possibility.

    So basically: the contract is set-up so that if Gonzalez makes the club, either from the field or the tub, the Pats can quickly lock him up long term.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
  11. PatsFan2

    PatsFan2 In the Starting Line-Up

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    Nit picking what a stickler.:snob:;):D
  12. Sciz

    Sciz Supporter Supporter

    Good call. This has to be it.
  13. DaBruinz

    DaBruinz Pats, B's, Sox Supporter

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    How is it a big risk? Gonzalez is an injury concern and, with the split contract, the Pats actually would gain the money next year as a credit..
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