- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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The deal averages $4.5 million a season and includes a $4.5 million signing bonus. But the structure is very cap friendly in the first year. Bunkley’s cap figure for 2012 is only $1.6 million. That’s good news for a team that had only about $3 million in available cap space before Bunkley’s deal and is still working to get quarterback Drew Brees signed to a long-term contract. Bunkley helped the Saints out by accepting a base salary of $700,000 this year and spreading out large chunks of money over the rest of the contract.
In 2013, Bunkley has a $3.7 million base salary that’s fully guaranteed. In 2014, Bunkley’s salary jumps to $4.4 million and it stays there for the final two years of the deal. Bunkley also has a $100,000 workout bonus each year, starting in 2013. He also has escalator clauses that could drive up his base salary in any season, starting next year.
I’ve got the details of the five-year contract defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley signed with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.The deal averages $4.