Monday, February 23, 2009

Vernon Carey Contract Details: Only Five Years?

The NFLPA database has now been updated and offensive tackle Vernon Carey's new contract with the Dolphins is on the books. Though the basics (six years, $42 million total, $15 million guaranteed) have been known since the day the signing was announced, here are some more details. Carey's contract includes base salaries of:

2009: $800,000
2010: $950,000
2011: $4.15 million
2012: $5.05 million
2013: $5.65 million

(Note: these are not his cap hits for each season, but rather base salaries only. Cap hits also include guaranteed money and will be much higher than these figures.)

Looks normal enough. Except there is one thing odd about the contract's entry in the database: It is only for five years, as opposed to the widely reported six. So what gives?

I'm still trying to track down the details on this and I've emailed some of the Miami beat writers to see if they know anything about it. Hopefully, they'll be able to use some of their Dolphins connections to find out the situation.

In the mean time, one guess I have is that the sixth year of the deal is voidable on Carey's behalf if certain incentives are met throughout the contract. Miami's first overall pick from 2008, offensive tackle Jake Long, reportedly signed a five-year deal, but it was actually a six-year deal with a voidable final year based on playing time.

However, Long's contract in the NFLPA database is indeed for six years rather than five, so one would imagine if Carey had a similar contact with a voidable sixth year they'd still have his potential 2014 base salary just like they have Long's base salary for his final year.

Stay tuned, as I'll be sure to post again when I learn more.

Brandon London update

In looking up Carey's contract details in the NFLPA database, I also noticed that wide receiver Brandon London was indeed present. This means that London, an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, has already been re-signed with the Dolphins.

An undrafted free agent with the New York Giants out of UMass in 2007, the Dolphins claimed London off waivers just before the start of the 2008 season. Primarily a special teams player for the Dolphins, London also caught three passes for 30 yards during the regular season as well as four catches for 38 yards in the Dolphins' Wild Card Round loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The team's three other ERFAs - tight end Aaron Halterman, linebacker Quentin Moses and guard Ike Ndukwe - are not in the NFLPA database and thus have not been re-signed yet.

However, this does not mean the Dolphins have not or will not tender then one-year offers before free agency opens on Feb. 27. It just means London is the only one that has already re-signed.