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Jahri Evans Contract Details, and New Cap Estimates

Jahri Evans contract details started breaking early this morning. Some figures also have come out for Kyle Wilson. I have some estimates for the Saints new cap figures.

The Cap, The Cap, It's All About the Cap!
The Cap, The Cap, It's All About the Cap!
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jahri Evans was scheduled to count $11 mil against the Saints 2015 cap. Taking a substantial pay cut, and extending his contract has given the Saints a little over $4 mil in cap space. The details:

Jahri Evans signed a 3 year, $18,003,000 contract with the New Orleans Saints, including a $5,400,000 signing bonus, $8,903,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,001,000. In 2015, Evans will earn a base salary of $1,003,000, a signing bonus of $5,400,000, a roster bonus of $500,000 and a workout bonus of $200,000. Evans has a cap hit of $7,003,000 while his dead money value is $13,903,000.

CONTRACT:3 yr(s) / $18,003,000 SIGNING BONUS$5,400,000 AVERAGE SALARY$6,001,000 GUARANTEED:$8,903,000 FREE AGENT:2018 / UFA

Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restruc. Bonus Cap Hit Dead Cap
2015 Contract details by year $1,003,000 $3,800,000 $500,000 $200,000 $1,500,000 $7,003,000 $13,903,000
2016 Contract details by year $3,800,000 $1,800,000 $1,000,000 $100,000 $1,500,000 $8,200,000 $7,100,000
2017 Contract details by year $4,900,000 $1,800,000 $1,000,000 $100,000 - $7,800,000 $1,800,000
2018 Free Agent Year UFA

With Jarhri Evans' extension and the Bryce Harris contract, the Saints had $4,348,304 in cap dollars.

Bryce Harris' contract reportedly is the $660,000 veteran minimum, and a $60,000 signing bonus. The total cap charge is $720,000. Harris does not have 4 years experience, so even though he only signed a 1 year contract, the whole amount counts against the cap. A little more on this will be explained below with Kyle Wilson's contract.

Also reported is Kyle Wilson's base salary which is at the 4 year vet minimum of $745 K and another $80,000 as bonus money. This would have the Wilson contract at $825,000. Kyle Wilson's 2015 cap hit is only $665,000 due to this little known veteran minimum clause.

Veteran Minimum Benefits

When qualified, a player with more than four or more years of NFL experience can earn his total minimum salary, but have a cap figure that reflects two years of experience - or in 2015, $585,000. The contract must be for only one year, and must not contain combined bonus money (signing, roster, workout) that exceeds $65,000.

Since Kyle's reported bonus is greater  than $65,000, ($80,000), it counts along with the 2 year vet minimum for 2015 of $585,000. Total is $665,000.

Late yesterday it was announced that the Saints had signed WR Joe Morgan to a one year deal as well. The 3 year vet minimum salary for Joe would be $660 K.

Doing the math, $4,348,304, less Kyle Wilson's cap hit of $665,000, the Saints would have $3,683,304 in remaining cap dollars. If you figure Joe Morgan's contract at the vet minimum of $660,000, bonuses yet unknown, that would lower to $3,023,304. still leaving plenty to sign all the rookies.

Props go out to Nick Underhill who started breaking the contract details at 4:30 this morning.