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Pewter Report uses this installment of Flynn’s Focus to give Bucs fans an idea of what types of incentives Bucs players had in their contracts in 2006, and whether those incentives were triggered to impact Tampa Bay’s 2007 salary cap.
There are basically two types of incentives – likely to be earned (LTBE) and not likely to be earned (NLTBE).
In order to classify an incentive as LTBE, the player must have achieved that particular performance level the previous season. Some of the more common LTBE incentives are roster and workout bonuses.
If a player did not reach a particular performance level the prior season, it must be classified as a NLTBE incentive. For example, if a player did not make the Pro Bowl in 2005, a Pro Bowl incentive in 2006 would be deemed NLTBE.
NLTBE incentives don’t count against a team’s salary cap unless the player achieves that performance level. The result is a cap hit on the following year's cap.
The NFL Management Council approves all LTBE and NLTBE incentives in player contracts, and at the end of each year, each team submits what the players actually earned, which allows them to determine what their actual salary cap status is heading into the new league year.
Listed below are the LTBE and NLTBE incentives Bucs players had in their contracts in 2006. Pewter Report indicates whether or the player triggered the incentive.
Anthony Becht LTBE: $500,000 roster bonus, $6,160 workout bonus. Becht earned these roster bonuses. NLTBE: None
Maurice Stovall LTBE: None NLTBE: $25,000 bonus with playing time. $150,000 bonus for Pro Bowl, receptions, touchdowns and yards. Stovall did not trigger any of these incentives.
Jeremy Trueblood LTBE: None NLTBE: $25,000 for Pro Bowl. Trueblood did not trigger this incentive.
Kenyatta Walker LTBE: $300,000 roster bonus. $50,000 workout bonus. Walker earned these bonuses. NLTBE: $75,000 for Pro Bowl. Walker did not trigger this incentive.
Jamie Winborn LTBE: None NLTBE: $50,000 Pro Bowl. Winborn did not trigger this incentive.
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