Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gibril Wilson and Joe Berger Contract Details

The NFLPA has updated their database and we now have some more details on the contracts signed by guard Joe Berger and safety Gibril Wilson. We'll start with Wilson, as his contract is significantly larger and thus has more of an impact on the team's roster.

Gibril Wilson

Wilson signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Dolphins on Feb. 26. The deal included $8 million guaranteed. Here are his base salaries throughout the contract:
  • 2009: $950,000
  • 2010: $3.85 million
  • 2011: $4.45 million
  • 2012: $5.05 million
  • 2013: $5.35 million
  • Total: $19.65 million
If the $8 million guaranteed was a signing bonus, that added to the base salaries gives us $27.65 million, which is very close to the reported contract total.

Though it's certainly more complex than this, we can get an idea of Wilson's cap hits each year by dividing the $8 million bonus by five ($1.6 million) and adding that number to each base salary. Those totals should roughly be his cap hit for each year. Here's how that breaks down:
  • 2009: $950,000 + $1.6 million = $2.55 million
  • 2010: $3.85 million + $1.6 million = $5.45 million
  • 2011: $4.45 million + $1.6 million = $6.05 million
  • 2012: $5.05 million + $1.6 million = $6.65 million
  • 2013: $5.35 million + $1.6 million = $6.95 million
  • Total: $19.65 million + $8 million = $27.65 million
Though he surely won't play out the contract without a restructuring or release, it's quite a lot of money tied up at the safety spot, especially when you consider the new deal they gave Yeremiah Bell. Here's hoping Wilson earns it.

Joe Berger

After being the busiest team on the first day of free agency a year ago, the Dolphins opened this signing period fairly quietly with a lone inexpensive signing.

A four-year veteran who played for the Dolphins in 2005-2006 before joining the Dallas Cowboys, Berger signed a three-year deal with the Dolphins on Feb. 27. Here are his base salaries:
  • 2009: $675,000
  • 2010: $700,000
  • 2011: $800,000
  • Total: $2.175 million
There aren't minimum salaries, but they aren't far from them. For reference, the minimum salaries for a player of Berger's experience over the next three seasons would be:
  • 2009: $620,000
  • 2010: $635,000
  • 2011: $650,000
If I had to guess, I'd say Berger got a signing bonus in the $600,000-$800,000 range to push the total deal close to $3 million over three seasons.

Given the size of Berger's contract, I'd say he's almost certainly being brought in to be a backup lineman despite any reports he could push for a starting job. He's a strong candidate to make the squad as a top reserve given his versatility and experience with the coaching staff, but he could also just as easily be a cut at the end of the preseason (a la Keith Davis).

As always, the Projected Depth Chart and Salary Info files have been updated following these moves.