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Washington Redskins use incentives to limit Terrelle Pryor's salary cap hit

Washington Redskins use incentives to limit Terrelle Pryor's salary cap hit

The Redskins structured Terrelle Pryor’s one-year contract to transform $8 million into $6 million in 2017 salary cap space.

The basics of the deal are simple. Pryor gets a $3 million signing bonus and a $3 million guaranteed salary for 2017. Those two items account for the $6 million salary cap hit.

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Then it gets a little tricky. There are $2 million in incentives that Pro Football Talk characterized as “readily achievable”. However, in order to have them not count against the current year cap those incentives have to defined as “unlikely to be earned”. The definition of that is straightforward. If the player did not achieve the statistical level needed to trigger the incentive the previous season, the bonus is unlikely to be earned. If he did, the incentive is considered to be likely to be earned and it would count against the current year’s cap.

Let’s say that the Redskins wanted to do a $500,000 incentive for receptions. Pryor had 77 catches last year. An incentive that called for him to receive the bonus would have to be for 78 receptions or more for it to be unlikely to be earned. If 77 catches or fewer triggers the extra payment then it’s likely to be earned and the $500,000 would count against the current cap.

The incentives can carry over to the next year. If a player earns a bonus that is unlikely, it counts against the next year’s cap. And if the player does not collect on a likely to be earned bonus, the money is credited to the following season.

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The details of Pryor’s incentives are unavailable. But if they are based on standard statistics he has to have a pretty good year for the Redskins to collect. In addition to the 77 receptions, Pryor had 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. If Pryor can exceed any or all of those numbers, the team would be more than happy to write out the check for the $2 million in incentives.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: How many game balls go out after dominant win over Raiders?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: How many game balls go out after dominant win over Raiders?

JP Finlay, Rich Tandler and Mitch Tischler give their instant analysis from FedEx Field in the immediate wake of Washington's dominating 27-10 win over Oakland.

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Five takeaways: A lot to like about the Redskins' dominant primetime win

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Five takeaways: A lot to like about the Redskins' dominant primetime win

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ 27-10 win over the Raiders:

This was the Redskins best defensive performance since 1992. That was the last time they held an opponent to under 128 total yards. They were physical, smart, determined and they made plays. If not for two turnovers they would have had a shutout. Oakland did not cross the Washington 48 without the benefit of a gift. Just dominant. 

With a strong defense, you can do what you want to on offense. I asked Kirk Cousins how much running for a couple of yards a pop as Samaje Perine was doing early in the game helped the offense. He answered in part by saying that the offense can afford to run for a low average per carry when the defense is playing so well. That's true. A punt isn't a bad play when you are confident that you are likely to get the ball back three plays later. 

Chris Thompson just keeps getting better every week. His patience when he has the ball in his hands and his ability to burst into the opening when it's there are textbook excellent. Oh yeah, his open field speed, which he gets to show off after being patient and cutting, is also amazing. Even the smaller plays, like two near the end of the half, when he wove his way through the cracks in the defense and then got out of bounds after gaining everything he could, are fun to watch. He is the Redskins' offensive MVP so far. 

Doctson showed why the Redskins drafted him on one flash. Nobody is going to give Josh Doctson an MVP award but we did see his potential when he went up and took that deep pass away from David Amerson for the touchdown. Plays like that make you see why the Redskins drafted him in the first round and why they have been patient with him. He will need to develop consistency but in the meantime, splash plays like that help a lot.

It’s hard to find fault in this one. Normally in these posts, I try to find a positive in a loss and something to be critical of in a win. But it’s really hard to find much to be critical about in the immediate aftermath of this one. Jamison Crowder’s muff of a punt certainly was an issue and perhaps Samaje Perine could have made more out of the line’s blocking for him. But from the defense to Cousins to Thompson to Zach Brown to D.J. Swearinger and many more, it was as dominant a game as we’ve seen from this team in a while. Can they keep it up? Tune in next Monday from Arrowhead Stadium and we’ll find out.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.