Deals barely dent salar y cap space
Barclay, McCray sign 1-year contracts
Green Bay — Offensive lineman Don Barclay and linebacker Lerentee McCray needed jobs and Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was more than happy to hire them.
Thompson used a grand total of $525,000 in salary cap space to add the pair last week.
According to a source with access to NFLPA salary data, Barclay, a fifth-year unrestricted free agent, accepted a one-year, $700,000 deal that included a $25,000 signing bonus. To protect the Packers against an injury, the deal features a split salary of $405,000, which means if Barclay lands on injured reserve his weekly salary the rest of the year would be calculated at the $405,000per-year rate.
Barclay, 27, missed all of the 2014 season with a torn ACL and did not regain the form he had shown in his first two seasons.
McCray, 25, who was a “street” free agent, received a one-year, $800,000 deal that included a signing bonus of $50,000 and a workout bonus of $75,000. His base salary is the league minimum of $675,000.
The $800,000 is roughly half of the $1.671 million it would have cost Denver to retain him on a restricted free-agent contract. The Broncos’ decision not to make the offer turned the outside linebacker into a free agent.
Together, Barclay and McCray account for $1.5 million in salary cap charges, but because only the top 51 players count against the cap in the offseason, two players with cap numbers totaling $975,000 were bumped off.
The Packers are now $10.65 million under the cap.
The Denver Broncos opted to let linebacker Lerentee McCray go.
Packers tackle Don Barclay is still looking to regain top form.