Harvey Dahl Restructured Contract Details


Yesterday we had mentioned that Rams G Harvey Dahl had restructured his contract to provide cap relief for the team and today we have the details of the move. According to a league source with knowledge of the contract Dahl actually took a pay cut of $1.25 million on  the season with an opportunity to earn that money back via incentives based on playing time.

Dahl was scheduled to earn a non guaranteed base salary of $4 million in 2013. His new base salary is a fully guaranteed $850,000 and he was also given a $1.9 million dollar roster bonus to bring the full guarantee to $2.75 million for the season. Because the contract was signed after the final preseason game the roster bonus should be prorated for salary cap purposes, which was not the Rams intention. To avoid the proration the Rams placed a player controlled void clause in the contract to allow the full roster bonus to count on  the cap in 2013.  To void the deal Dahl would be required to pay back the roster bonus.

The Rams moved $1.5 million of Dahl’s 2014 base salary into a roster bonus due on the 3rd day of the League Year, which is Dahl’s reward for accepting a potential pay cut. This forces the Rams to either pay Dahl $2 million in March or release him early in the free agency period. Such a move helps Dahl avoid being put in a similar position in 2014 if he is still in St Louis where he is asked to take a pay cut in early September.

The renegotiation was important for the sides to get done when they did as incentives placed in contracts during the season are treated as likely to be earned for salary cap purposes. By signing the contract before Week 1 they could still place NLTBE incentives into the contract.

View Harvey Dahl’s Contract and Salary Cap Page


Rams Extend Contract of Eugene Sims


The Rams have created $433,181 in salary cap space with a two year extension given to DE Eugene Sims, whose contract was set to expire after this season. Though I do not have exact details of the extension we often make estimates here and I feel confident enough to put them online. Per NFLPA records the Rams reduced Sims salary from $1,201,021 to $651,156 continuing their quirky belief in palindromes for contract figures. That seems to have been bolstered by giving Sims a prorated bonus this year that would seem to total $350,053. Sims’ base salaries in 2014 and 2015 are $950,000 and $1,650,000. If I am able to get any more information on the contract I will adjust accordingly, but at least for the 2013 season I am confident in the salary cap estimates.

The Rams also restructured G Harvey Dahl’s contract to gain $1.25 million in cap space, though I dont have enough details yet to do anything more than a pure guess as his 2014 season was also changed in the restructure. Dahls cap figure should be $2.75 million in 2013, but I’ll update that later today when and if I get more information.

These two moves should move the Rams far enough under the salary cap to function this year leaving the New York Giants as the only team that seemingly has work left to do to be cap compliant by 4PM today.

View Eugene Sims Contract and Salary Cap Page