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Breaking down Sam Shields' new contract

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Sometimes, the financial terms bandied about immediately after a player signs a new contract aren't accurate.

In the case of Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields, however, it was dead on.

There were no hidden tricks in the four-year, $39 million contract he signed on Saturday. Just as was initially reported, it contained a $12.5 million signing bonus. There are roster bonuses each year based on the number of games for which Shields is active that could total $2 million over the length of the contract.

Here’s a year-by-year breakdown of the contract, based on information obtained by ESPN’s Roster Management System:

2014

  • Cash value: $15 million

  • Salary-cap charge: $5.562 million

  • Signing bonus: $12.5 million

  • Base salary: $1.5 million

  • Roster bonus: $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)

  • Workout bonus: $500,000

2015

  • Cash value: $6 million

  • Salary-cap charge: $9.125 million

  • Base salary: $2.5 million

  • Roster bonus: $2.5 million paid on the fifth day of the league year

  • Roster bonus: $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)

  • Workout bonus: $500,000

2016

  • Cash value: $9 million

  • Salary-cap charge: $12.125 million

  • Base salary: $8 million

  • Roster bonus: $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)

  • Workout bonus: $500,000

2017

  • Cash value: $9 million

  • Salary-cap charge: $12.125 million

  • Base salary: $8 million

  • Roster bonus: $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)

  • Workout bonus: $500,000