Breaking down Vollmer's contract

March, 27, 2013
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The following is a breakdown of the contract signed by Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, per a league source:

Terms
4 years, maximum value of $27 million

Signing bonus
$7 million

Base salaries
2013: $1.25 million
2014: $2 million
2015: $2.25 million
2016: $2.25 million

Salary-cap charges
2013: $3 million
2014: $5.75 million
2015: $6.6875 million
2016: $6.6875 million

Incentives
2013:
$750,000 (if he plays 90 percent of offensive snaps)
$250,000 (if he makes Pro Bowl)

2014:
$1 million (if he plays 80 percent of offensive snaps)
$2 million (if he plays 90 percent of offensive snaps)
$250,000 (if he makes Pro Bowl)

2015:
$750,000 (if he plays 80 percent of offensive snaps)
$1.75 million (if he plays 90 percent of offensive snaps)
$250,000 (if he makes Pro Bowl)

2016:
$750,000 (if he plays 80 percent of offensive snaps)
$1.75 million (if he plays 90 percent of offensive snaps)
$250,000 (if he makes Pro Bowl)

Roster bonuses
2013:
None

2014:
$1 million (if he plays 80 percent of snaps the prior year; payment due on third day of league year)

2015:
$1 million (if he plays 80 percent of snaps the prior year; payment due on third day of league year)
$62,500 per game he is active

2016:
$1 million (if he plays 80 percent of snaps the prior year; payment due on third day of league year)
$62,500 per game he is active

KEY NOTES: The salary-cap charges listed here are based on the present snapshot, but they could change in 2014, 2015 and 2016 based on incentives and/or bonuses. ... On the playing-time incentives, Vollmer wouldn’t earn the total of both numbers if he exceeds 90 percent (e.g., in 2014, he would earn $2 million, not $3 million, if he plays 90 percent of the offensive snaps). ... Here is a look at Vollmer’s past playing-time stats for context.

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: As we thought when the deal was officially announced, this will pay Vollmer at a top-market rate if he stays healthy and performs at his usual high level. The deal protects the Patriots if Vollmer does not stay healthy, which probably was a concern based on some of Vollmer’s injury history (knee, back). Now that we have all the details, including cap charges, this a “real” contract that Vollmer and the team should be able to see to its conclusion as long as Vollmer stays healthy.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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