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Cutting Ahmad Bradshaw and David Baas Would Cost New York Giants a Combined $9.175 Million

January 21st, 2013 at 7:30 AM
By Dan Benton

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.

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11 Responses to “Cutting Ahmad Bradshaw and David Baas Would Cost New York Giants a Combined $9.175 Million”

  1.  Krow says:

    What kind of incentive could Bass have? A bonus for 2 consecutive weeks off the injury report? Definitely a NLTBE.

  2.  Dirt says:

    Wow, people were discussing cutting Baas?

  3.  Kevros says:

    These numbers don’t sound right. I thought that to calculate the cap hit you take the remainder of the guaranteed money (the amount that hasn’t already counted against the cap in previous years) and subtract the base salary of the current year. So that would mean according to Dans numbers Baas would have around 10 mil in guaranteed money that hasn’t counted against the cap yet, which seems unlikely since his contract only contained 11.5 mil guaranteed to begin with. Did the new CBA change this or am I getting things confused?

  4.  James Stoll says:

    Since when are we cutting Baas?
    As bad as he has been, we don’t even have a back up let alone a starter

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      No one said the team was cutting Baas. It’s just focusing on players fans have suggested they cut.

      •  jb322 says:

        I think these numbers are correct but not explained very well. If he is cut then you are only responsible for the guaranteed part (usually signing bonuses). They are immediately accelerated so that means $2.225 mil x 3 which = $6.675 mil. But if he is cut after June 1 then you can prorate over 2 years which lowers the impact but still is more than the Giants are probably willing to pay. By the same logic, Corey Webster’s contract is the one that is easiest to cut ($875,000). And the structure of Eli’s contract points to a restructure after March 8th.

  5.  demo3356 says:

    Yeah no chance Baas gets cut.. I’ve seen some of the arm chair GM’s mention it but nt anyone with a clue. Guy is a very good player who has struggled to stay healthy here. He would be way to expensive to cut and is still young. No chance he goes anywhere
    It is much harder to cut guys with multiple years left on their deals then it is to cut guys going into their final year. All remaining bonus money immediately goes against the cap as dead money. This is why I pointed out guys like Webster, Boley, Deihl or even Tuck as more likely to get the ax.. The more I think about it though the more I think Tuck stays and finishes out his contract before he is sent packing like Osi this year.
    Bradshaw is a little bit different of a scenario though because RB is both the easiest and cheapest position to replace through the draft. A 5th or 6th rd pick making 400K can be an impact player almost immediatly, something you dont see at DL, OL, WR LB etc..

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