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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by |Mitch| Didn't the Browns say, they would match any and all offers for Mack? And we don't have the cap space to get in a battle with either the Jags or the Browns. The Browns tagged him ...

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Old 04-09-2014, 06:26 PM   #31
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Re: Bunkley Restructures, paycut

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Didn't the Browns say, they would match any and all offers for Mack? And we don't have the cap space to get in a battle with either the Jags or the Browns. The Browns tagged him for 10 million to begin with and the Jags offered more
I was only kidding.

I keep hearing that we're up against the cap wall and then we sign or re-sign someone. Then we're really up against the wall and we sign or re-sign someone else. Then we're in cap ****. Then we sign or re-sign someone else.

So just playing along that line.... If Bunkley took a pay cut, we should now be able to sign Mack.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:39 PM   #32
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I just checked and after Champs money and before Bush we are 3.1 million under.
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Team-friendly contracts for Bunkley, Bailey - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:58 PM   #34
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Great job with Bailey's deal.
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Good article-
clears up the less money argument
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:08 PM   #36
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Re: Bunkley Restructures, paycut

That's a big cut. Wow.

His overall cap number is now about 3.3 million whereas before it was over 6 million.

Whoa.
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As we predicted, only two viable candidates left. Bunkley was the third and lowest gain option.
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6.3m under the cap not counting Bush and Haralson
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Team-friendly contracts for Bunkley, Bailey

(Mike Triplett)

The New Orleans Saints have more wiggle room than expected under the salary cap.

Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley agreed to a pay cut of $2.85 million. And newly-signed cornerback Champ Bailey’s first-year cap cost is only $1.5 million in an incentive-laden two-year contract.

Those two deals were officially processed on Wednesday, leaving the Saints with nearly $4 million in cap space. Their new deal for safety Rafael Bush hasn’t been processed yet, though that shouldn't affect New Orleans’ cap figure by more than $1 million or so.

Bunkley’s pay cut makes a lot of sense for two reasons.

He was originally slated to make $4.5 million in salary and bonuses this year – a lofty price tag considering he has been a part-time player for the Saints the past two years. Last year he finished with only 13 tackles, in part because of a calf injury that sidelined him for four games.

However, it also made sense that the Saints didn’t just cut Bunkley outright, since they still believe the 30-year-old can be an asset as a powerful run-stuffer. And he finished last season strong, playing some of his best football in his two-year stint in New Orleans.

Bunkley will make a total of $1.65 million this year, including a $300,000 roster bonus due Thursday. The final two years of his five-year contract were not affected, though they will likely have to be addressed again in the future.

Saints coach Sean Payton said situations like Bunkley’s play out every year in the NFL.

“You go through the numbers, you try to look closely at your roster. There’s some things that go into that,” Payton said. “He’s someone that I think has really kept in good shape. He had the injury earlier in the year. We saw really good signs from him in training camp. He knows the position. We’re excited he re-signed.”

Bailey, meanwhile, won’t cost the Saints much unless he performs for them – which is obviously a win-win proposition for the team.

Bailey’s two-year deal is worth between $3.75 million and $6.75 million, based on various bonuses and incentives. But only the $500,000 signing bonus is guaranteed.

Bailey is due a base salary of $1 million this year, plus another $250,000 roster bonus if he is active for at least six games. In 2015, he is due $2 million in salary and roster bonuses.

There is a total of $3 million more in incentives and escalator clauses based on playing time, interceptions and Pro Bowls. The exact thresholds are not known.
Team-friendly contracts for Bunkley, Bailey - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:08 AM   #40
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Nice!! We are in position to make another big move if we wish.
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