The Giants and Dave Gettleman’s front office are making moves to clear cap space ahead of a crucial 2021 season.
There are always ways to free up cap space — one of which is to convert base salary portions into signing bonuses.
The Giants took this specific route with wide receiver Sterling Shepard, turning $5.985 million of his salary into the bonus. ESPN’s Field Yates reported the news Wednesday.
The move causes Shepard’s 2022 and 2023 cap hits to increase by nearly $2 million but frees nearly $4 million in 2021 cap space for New York.
The Giants converted $5.985M of WR Sterling Shepard’s base salary into a signing bonus, creating $3.99M in cap space.
Sterling’s cap charges go up by $1.995M in 2022-2023, while New York gets 2021 space.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 8, 2021
Shepard’s base salary for this coming season is now $990,000 while the 2022 and 2023 cap hits are respectively $12.495 million and $13.495 million.
What’s interesting, however, is this should make it that much more difficult to have Shepard be a cap casualty after this season. Shepard’s dead cap in 2022 would be nearly $8 million.
After inking a four-year, $41 million extension ahead of the 2019 season, Shepard’s 2021 cap hit of $5.010 million is the 11th-highest on the team.
The Giants now have a little more than $6.96 million in cap space with their regular-season opener just four days away, per Spotrac. You figure they would like to get that crucial number closer to $10 million considering they will need financial resources for any sort of in-season emergency.
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