- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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Now that all the accounting has been done, Samuel is showing up with a $2.875 cap figure for Atlanta this year. Initially, his figure had shown up as $3.875 million, but the updated breakdown has Philadelphia taking a $1 million hit for pro-rated money this year.
Samuel will earn $1.25 million in guaranteed base salary this season. He also has a roster bonus that will pay him $62,500 for each game he is active this season. That means he can earn an extra $1 million, but only $875,000 of that currently is counting against the cap. The other $125,000 does not count against this year’s cap, because it’s listed as a not-likely-to be-earned incentive.
With Samuel’s contract and a restructured deal for guard Justin Blalock factored in, the Falcons now are $687,000 under the salary cap.
The new contract Asante Samuel signed soon after he was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles is even more cap friendly for the Atlanta Falcons than originally thought.