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Breakdown of Niles Paul's contract

The Washington Redskins pegged tight end Niles Paul as one player they wanted to retain -- in an offseason where they are not likely to retain the majority of their own free agents. So they signed him to a three-year deal late last week, paying him money that suggests he’ll continue to be what he is: A third tight end who can help in multiple roles.

Paul received a three-year deal with a $1 million signing bonus and $2.25 million guaranteed. For a comparison, he received a smaller signing bonus (by $100,000) than fellow tight end Logan Paulsen received two years ago, but Paulsen only had $1.1 million guaranteed. Here’s a breakdown of Paul’s three-year deal per ESPN Stats & Information:

2015

Salary-cap hit: $1.833 million

Base salary: $1.25 million

Roster bonus: $250,000

Note: The base salary is fully guaranteed and the roster bonus is $15,625 per game (on the 46-man roster) with a maximum of $250,000. There are up to $1.2 million in not likely to be earned incentives based on playing time and number of receptions.

2016

Salary-cap hit: $1.833 million

Base salary: $1.25 million

Roster bonus: $250,000

Note: The bonus, as in the first year, is based on $15,625 per game. Once again, there are $1.2 million based on not likely to be earned incentives based on playing time and receptions. If he were cut with a post-June 1 designation it would save the Redskins $1.5 million against the cap.

2017

Salary-cap hit: $2,333,334

Base salary: $1.75 million

Roster bonus: $250,000

Note: Once more, the bonus is based on $15,625 per game on the 46-man roster with a maximum value of $250,000. And as in the first two years there are up to $1.2 million in not likely to be earned incentives. If he were cut with a post-June 1 designation it would save the Redskins $2 million against the cap.