The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed seven brand new players at the time of writing this, not including re-signing of some of their own like Will Blackmon, Chad Henne etc. Most of the deals they've handed out have been rather moderate and structured in a way that the team can get out of them relatively quickly if the player goes south and/or does not pan out.
So, how are they structured?
Zane Beadles - His total deal is for 5-years, $30 million with $12.5 million guaranteed. In 2014 Beadles counts $7.5 million against the cap with $2.957 million in base salary and a $4.5 million roster bonus. In 2014 his base salary remains the same with a $2 million roster bonus for a cap hit of $4.975 million. In 2016 his base salary jumps to $4.975 million and then in 2015 and 2016 his base salary is $5.475 million. For all intents and purposes it appears the Jaguars can get out of the deal after the first two years with minimal financial impact.
Toby Gerhart - His total deal is for 3-years, $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed. He carries a $4 million cap hit in 2014 with $1 million in base salary with a $3 million roster bonus, meaning after the first year if he's a massive bust they can get out of the deal with only $500,000 in dead money. In 2015 his base salary is $2.5 million with a $500k roster bonus for a cap hit of $3 million and in 2016 his base salary is $3 million with a $500k roster bonus for a cap hit of $3.5 million.
Red Bryant - His total deal is for 4-years, $19 million with $5.225 million guaranteed. In 2014 he carries a cap hit of $5.218 million (incentives included) with a base salary of $1.225 million and a roster bonus of $3.995 million. Essentially, the Jaguars can get out of the deal after 2014 with minimal loss. In 2015 his base salary is $3.25 million with a $1.025 million roster bonus and in both 2016 and 2016 his is due $3.75 million in base salary with a $1.025 million roster bonus for cap hits of $4.75 million.
Dekoda Watson - Watson's total deal is for 3-years, $6.25 million with $1.5 million guaranteed. His year by year breakdowns are not out just yet, but I would guess that it's similar to the rest of the deals with a lower initial base salary and a roster bonus to get the guaranteed money finished in year one.
Chris Clemons deal was reported as a 4-year deal for $18 million, but that has not been yet confirmed nor has the guaranteed money or breakdown been released. So, with the available information I show the Jaguars sitting at $47 million. That will undoubtedly change with the addition of Watson's breakdown, Clemons deal as well as Ziggy Hood and Jason Babin's deals.
Once all of those are factored in, I'd guess the Jaguars sit right under $40 million in cap room for 2014, leaving them with plenty of room to make more signings if they choose. I'd guess the team still shops for another interior offensive lineman and a wide receiver.
Clemons' deal is reportedly for 4-years, $17.5 million and Hood's deal is reportedly for 4-years and $16 million with about $5.5 million guaranteed for each.
Chris Clemons' deal with #Jaguars: 4 years, $17.5M, $5.475M in guarantees. Ziggy Hood similar: 4 years, $16M, $5.5M in guarantees.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2014
Chris Clemons' Jaguars deal: four years, $17.5 million, $5.475 million guaranteed, $3.5 million roster bonus this year— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 13, 2014
Ziggy Hood Jaguars deal four years, $16 million, $5.5 million guaranteed, $2 million roster bonus 2014; $2 million fully gteed '14 salary— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 13, 2014
With these figures we can at least get some cap hit, so I show the Jaguars at $41 million and would guess it will sit around $35 million once all the breakdowns are in.