The New York Giants, as we've discussed relentlessly here on Giants 101, have a lot of decisions to make this offseason. And not just what to do with their 26 soon-to-be free agents, but what to do with a lot of their big contracts. General Manager Jerry Reese must decide if players like running back Ahmad Bradshaw and center David Baas (for example) return in 2013, if their contracts need to be restructured or if they should be flat-out released.
In the case of the aforementioned Bradshaw and Baas, it turns out cutting them may not be a realistic option for Big Blue, reports our friends at SNY.
Based on the numbers used by SNY, Bradshaw, who is scheduled to earn a base salary of $3.75 million in 2013, is also in line for bonuses tallying an addition $1.5 million. In total, that makes his 2013 cap hit an estimated $5.25 million. So … cut him, right? Not so fast.
By cutting Bradshaw, the Giants would be on the hook for $2.5 million in 2013. Keeping him would cost them only an additional $2.75 million, and a large portion of that is made up in his $1.5 million bonuses.
Baas, meanwhile, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $4.25 million, with multiple bonuses tallying an additional $2.475 million. In total, his 2013 cap hit will be a projected $6.725 million. An astronomical number for someone on a struggling offensive line, but one that's going to stick.
The Giants stand to gain nothing by cutting Baas, as the penalty and cap hit for releasing him would be roughly $6.675 million, saving them only an estimated $50,000. Which, of course, is only about enough to house a training camp invitee.
At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), it looks like both Bradshaw and Baas will remain with the Giants. And since players can only restructure their contracts every 12 months, the Giants will not even be able to approach Baas with that potential request until mid-March, as he already restructured his contract 10 months ago.
Also…Ahmad Bradshaw, David Baas, Football, Jerry Reese, New York, New York Giants, NFL
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