Inside the Cowboys contracts
By Calvin Watkins
After reading over some player salaries we’ve decided to give you a little insight.
The Cowboys will spend $103.8 million in base salaries in 2010 among 55 players, which includes tight end John Phillips and linebacker Stephen Hodge, who are on injured reserve, and the Miles Austin deal which gives him a base salary of $17.078 million. This does not include any practice squad money.
According to Profootballtalk, the Cowboys have the second-highest cap number in the NFL at $166.5 million. With the owners opting out of the labor agreement there is no cap this season.
Looking at Austin’s six-year $54 million contract extension signed before the start of the season, some of his money is getting deferred in the next couple of years.
On the books, Austin’s 2010 salary will be $17.078 million but $7.078 million of that will be deferred in 2011.
Austin’s 2011 base salary is $8.540 million, but $7.618 million gets deferred to 2012.
He did not receive a signing bonus, instead his 2010 money was guaranteed and he will get a total $26.7 million the first three years of the contract.
What’s interesting is Austin’s 2012 base salary calls for him to make $1.150 million, which is also included in that $26.7 million figure.
Austin’s salary averages $9.016 million over the life of the contract.
Some other interesting things of note.
*The highest cap number for 2010 is Austin’s $17.078 million. DeMarcus Ware has the second-highest total at $13.230 million followed by Tony Romo at $12.462 million. Terence Newman is fourth with $11 million.
*For those of you who forgot, Roy E. Williams received a $9.5 million roster bonus and his base salary will be $3.452 million.
*Marion Barber‘s roster bonus is $4 million and his base salary is $3.860 million. Next year, Barber is scheduled to make a base salary of $4.250 million with a roster bonus of $500,000. It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys elect to keep Barber for 2011.
*Everyone wants to know what do practice squad players make. All the practice squad players, yes the Jesse Holley, Martin Rucker and Teddy Williams of the world get $88,400.
Before the start of the season, we gave you the Cowboys total compensation numbers for 2010.