If this $100,000 Pro Bowl bonus that Rolle missed out on is a Likely To Be Earned bonus (LTBE), then Rolle getting snubbed from making the Pro Bowl could be good news for the Giants salary cap-wise in 2014. This would mean that they would get an extra $100,000 in cap space credited their way to work with next season.
On the other hand, if this $100,000 bonus that Rolle missed out on was Not Likely To Be Earned (NLTBE), then the Giants could lose $100,000 in cap space from their adjusted 2014 salary cap.
There are 4 cases which are possible. I'll describe all 4 of them below. I've already determined which one Rolle fits into, but I'll create some drama for added affect. Can you guess which category Rolle fits into form the information below?
If this bonus was NLTBE, then there will be no residual effect with respect to next year's adjusted cap because the NFL bases bonuses on performance from the previous year. Since Rolle last made the Pro Bowl in 2010 (he also made it in 2009), this bonus looks to be NLTBE.
If it was NLTBE--meaning that Rolle didn't make it to the Pro Bowl last year (which he didn't)--and Rolle makes it this year (which he didn't), then the Giants would get that $100 K subtracted from their cap next year.
If it was LTBE--meaning that Rolle made it to the Pro Bowl last year--and Rolle didn't make it this year, then the Giants would get that $100 K credited to their cap next year to spend.
If it was LTBE--meaning that Rolle made it to the Pro Bowl last year--and Rolle made it this year (which he didn't), then there would be no residual effect with respect to next year's adjusted cap.
Ready? If you guessed case #1, then you're a winner! Just as I thought before researching Rolle's contract information (found at spotrac.com), it turns out that he does indeed fall into category #1:
|Source: Antrell Rolle's contractual breakdown, as per spotrac.com|
In this case, this neither benefits nor hurts the Giants from a cap standpoint next season. I've estimated the Giants' carryover amount as of now (that I know of), as per the NFLPA's public cap report website, to be $24,947. However, there will be other NLTBE & LTBE bonuses for other players on the Giants who will factor into the team's adjusted salary cap in 2014, be it in a neutral, negative, or positive fashion cap-wise for the Giants. Scenarios like #1 and #4 will have no effect on the Giants' adjusted cap next year. Scenario #2 would result in a cap decrease, whereas scenario #3 would result in a cap increase.
The reason Rolle's Pro Bowl bonus counts as NLTBE is because the NFL uses the previous year's performance to determine what is NLTBE and what is LTBE. For example, if Rolle made the Pro Bowl last year, then he'd be considered likely to repeat it, as per the CBA, thereby making this bonus LTBE. Since he didn't make the Pro Bowl last season, then making it this season is considered NLTBE by the NFL. This is why Rolle not making the Pro Bowl this year has no effect on the Giants' cap next season. If Rolle made the Pro Bowl this year, it actually would have cost the Giants $100,000 on their adjusted salary cap next year, adjusting it "down." Jason Fitzgerald wrote about it how this language works in an excellent article titled "A Guide to the NFL Salary Cap" in the subsection subtitled "Other Bonuses." Here's the relevant excerpt below:
|Source: A Guide to the NFL Salary Cap - by Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com | February 19, 2013|