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Breaking down Vollmer's contract

3/27/2013

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.