49ers Rework Ray McDonalds Contract for Salary Cap Relief

Word came out latelast week that the San Francisco 49ers reworked the contract of DE Ray McDonald for salary cap relief and today we have the details.

The 49ers reduced McDonald’s base salary to the minimum salary and converted the difference, $2.645 million, to a prorated bonus. The move creates $2,116,000 in salary cap space for the 49ers, who are carrying a large number of players on reserve lists this season.

McDonald already had one voidable contract year in his current contract and to maximize the salary cap relief they added an additional two void years to the contract. This marks the second such contract this year in which the 49ers added a significant number of void years in order to function with the salary cap in 2014. San Francisco is attempting to keep what is arguably the deepest roster in the NFL intact and is basically walking a tightrope with the cap at this stage in trying to do so.

McDonald’s dead money in 2015 is now $4.6 rather than $2.5 million and in 2016, when his contract voids, his dead money charge jumped from $746K to $2.3 million.

McDonald, literally hours after signing this deal, was arrested on domestic violence charges. If suspended 6 games for his actions the 49ers should only be able to recover 6/17ths of his bonus proration for the year rather than the full amount. The remainder of the money should be protected from forfeiture.

View Ray McDonals Contract and Salary Cap Page

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  • Jon Ahearn

    Hi Jason,

    If they decide they want to cut him, is it possible to do that within cap constraints?

    • http://www.nyjetscap.com/ Jason Fitzgerald

      Sure. Since we are post June 1 the only money that counts towards the cap would be this years bonus proration with the rest accelerating into 2015. Thing is they have to do it before Sunday if that is the way they want to go because at that point his entire base salary becomes fully guaranteed. Even then they could still cut him but you would be paying the full amount against the cap even though he would be off the team.