MINNEAPOLIS -- The three players the Minnesota Vikings recently signed to help their defense -- safety Taylor Mays, linebacker Casey Matthews and cornerback Terence Newman -- will occupy just $3.913 million in salary cap space in 2015. It remains to be seen whether any of the three will win starting jobs, but with just $775,000 in guaranteed money committed to the three players, the Vikings have plenty of flexibility with all three veterans.
Newman, the highest-paid of the three, will make a $1.4 million base salary, according to NFLPA salary data. He received a $500,000 signing bonus and a $250,000 base salary guarantee. He is due for a $250,000 roster bonus, $100,000 workout bonus and can earn up to $250,000 in incentives based on the number of weeks he is active. Since Newman played in 13 of 16 games in 2014, only $203,125 of the incentives are considered "likely to be earned" and will count against the salary cap.
Mays will get a $745,000 base salary, a $25,000 signing bonus and a $25,000 roster bonus if he is active for one game. He can also make another $200,000 in "not likely to be earned" incentives based on playing time.
Lastly, Matthews will get a $745,000 base salary, a $25,000 workout bonus and $55,000 roster bonus if he's active for one game. Because the Vikings used a veteran minimum salary benefit on the former Eagles linebacker, he will count just $665,000 against the cap.