This is an update on Tony Romo, a player you will see listed with various cap numbers depending on the site you visit.
Xwalker used $17.228M, which is the amount spotrac.com
has assigned to Romo.
I've been using it as well for no other reason than it was bigger than the number the ESPN Dallas guys had (erring on the safe side).
I decided to take a closer look at Romo's contract on Spotrac yesterday just to check their signing bonus numbers.
In 2013, they show Romo with an $11.5M base salary and $5.728M in misc. bonus money to come up with the above $17.228M cap number.
Romo's original $11.5M signing bonus and his 2008 restructure bonus of $5.895M ($1.179M per yr x 5 yrs) are both now off the books.
Romo also restructured in 2009 ($6.38M, pro-rated at $1.276M per yr, end yr is 2013).
2010 was uncapped, so Dallas left his deal alone (adding money would have led to a bigger Mara penalty like the Skins received).
Romo restructured again in 2011 ($8.19M, pro-rated at $1.638M per yr, end yr is 2015).
And again in 2012 ($8.1635M, prorated at $1.635M per yr, end yr is 2016).
Spotrac shows Romo's bonus money in 2013 to be $5.728M, which is the same amount he had in 2012.
Signing bonuses can only be spread out over 5 seasons.
The $5.728M bonus number consists of the signing bonuses given in 2008 ($1.179M per yr), 2009 ($1.276M per yr), 2011 ($1.638M per yr) and 2012 ($1.635M per yr).
2012 was the final year of the 2008 restructure bonus but Spotrac counted it again in 2013.
The actual bonus amount for 2013 is $4.549M, giving Romo a cap number of $16.049M pending his upcoming extension.
That's another $1.179M in cap space.