As a method of cash-flow management, many NFL teams implement deferred payments on signing bonuses, rather than paying the bonus in one lump sum.
The Patriots have a handful of players on their roster whose contract calls for such an arrangement, and today marks one of the key dates relating to those deferred payments, as several players will be receiving checks with a handsome bonus.
Below is a list of those players who will be receiving part of their signing bonus today.
OT Sebastian Vollmer: $2.5 million
CB Kyle Arrington: $2.5 million
DE Rob Ninkovich: $1.6 million
WR Danny Amendola: $1.5 million
LB Jamie Collins: $515,272
WR Aaron Dobson: $403,360
In addition, LB Jerod Mayo will receive $3 million as part of a deferred payment on an option bonus.
Note: These deferred payments do not count against the salary cap or have other ramifications.