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GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers left open the possibility that they will sign defensive tackle Quinton Dial to a long-term deal, but for now they have him under contract for one-year, $775,001.
The veteran minimum is $775,000 for someone with five years experience in the NFL. The Packers tacked on one dollar in order to make the deal eligible to be extended before the start of free agency next season, according to a source with access to NFL Players Association salary data.
Dial, of course, would have to agree to any extension, but if he plays well, the Packers will at least have first crack at signing him.
Though he signed for the minimum, Dial will receive much more.
His deal he signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 included $1.4 million in guaranteed base salary. The contract had offset language that means the 49ers have to pay him the difference between the $1.4 million and what the Packers pay him.
If Dial makes it through the year with the Packers, the 49ers will owe him $624,999. Currently, Dial counts $775,001 against the Packers’ cap.
The Packers’ other two signings, with linebacker Ahmad Brooks and guard Lane Taylor, did not break the bank.
Brooks signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal that includes a $1.75 million signing bonus. Brooks’ base salary is $1 million and he will have a chance to earn another $750,000 total through per game roster bonuses.
In addition, he has $1.5 million in not likely to be earned incentives. His salary cap number is $3.5 million.
Taylor’s three-year extension is worth $16 million and includes a $5 million signing bonus.
He is under contract this year and then three more. His base salaries are $2.25 million in 2017, $1.1 million in ’18, $2.6 million in ’19 and $3.8 million in ’20. He has lump-sum roster bonuses of $ 1 million in ’18 and $750,000 in ’19 and per game total roster bonuses of $500,00 each year of the contract.
In addition, has $250,000 workout bonuses and $250,000 Pro Bowl escalators in all three years of the extension.
His salary caps numbers are $4.95 million in ’17, $4.1 million in ’18, $5.35 million in ’19 and $5.8 million in ’20.
According to the NFLPA, the Packers were $16,198,638 under this year’s salary cap prior to the signings. Current cap figures for the entire league were still being calculated.