Originally Posted by Blue Eyed Devil
Adam - What would the dead money be for 2013 if the Cowboys cut Ratliff this off-season? What would it be in 2014 if they parted with him then?
I'm concerned about his durability and wonder what the new contract's affect on our cap would be if he can't play anymore.
We'll have to wait on Adam for exact numbers, but I'll hazard a guess going by what I've read.
Rat's second extension last September was reportedly for another 5 years with $18 million guaranteed, with $10 million of it coming as an up front signing bonus (prorates at 2.0M each yr).
The question is the remaining $8 million in guaranteed money.
it was Rat's base salaries in '11 ($1.625M), '12 ($1.5M) and most of '13 ($5.0M). Those reported base salaries add up to $8.125 million.
So cutting Ratliff in 2013 would mean close to $7 million in dead
money even if using the June 2nd designation.
That's almost equal to his reported cap number that year, so there wouldn't be any point in such a move.
2014 looks doable (if necessary).
Dallas could take the remaining bonus money hit all at once ($4M), which would be $1.5 million less than Rat's base salary that year ($5.5M), or spread it out over two years and save $3.5M in '14 and $5.0M in '15 (also remember that another contract would replace Rat's, so the total savings wouldn't be quite as much as I'm showing).