If the Cowboys do not seek to gain salary-cap space in the future, then none of his cap figures will exceed $10 million.
Crawford’s cap number this season will be $2.828 million and jump to $8.75 million. The Cowboys have restructured contracts in the past of players to gain cap space over the years. The fact that Crawford does not turn 26 until November makes him a candidate to have the bulk of his $6.75 million base salary in 2016 reduced and the difference turned into signing bonus for cap purposes.
There are no incentives or escalators in the deal. At the time of the signing, he is guaranteed $17.4 million. His 2017 base salary ($7.25 million) is guaranteed for injury but becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the ’17 league year.
Here is the breakdown of Crawford’s deal:
Signing bonus: $10 million
2015 base salary: $675,000 ($2.828 million cap figure)
2016 base salary: $6.75 million ($8.75 million cap figure)
2017 base salary: $7.25 million ($9.25 million cap figure)
2018 base salary: $6 million ($8 million cap figure)
2019 base salary: $7 million ($9 million cap figure)
2020 base salary: $8 million ($8 million cap figure)