Deals barely dent salar y cap space

Bar­clay, McCray sign 1-year con­tracts

Packer Plus - - News - By TOM SIL­VER­STEIN

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.

MARK J. REBILAS / USA TO­DAY SPORTS

The Den­ver Bron­cos opted to let line­backer Ler­entee McCray go.

MIKE DE SISTI / JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

Pack­ers tackle Don Bar­clay is still look­ing to re­gain top form.

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