As expected, vets were good bargain for Cards

Posted by Darren Urban on July 31, 2013 – 11:09 pm

General Manager Steve Keim talked about the organization’s ability to stay patient with certain offseason moves, and that has never been made more clear than the recent signings of tackle Eric Winston and John Abraham. The contract details are now leaking out, and they affirm what had basically been a given — both moves were financially smart for the Cards. has all the details here, but here are the basic facts: Winston not only has a $840,000 salary but only a $160,000 signing bonus. He also has a $250,000 roster bonus and a bunch of incentives (likely tied to playing time, which are going to be hit if Winston stays in the starting lineup. That could add another $750,000. Still, $2 million for Winston is a good deal if he is starting. Abraham gets a $1 million salary, a $1 million signing bonus and a $100,000 roster bonus — again, $2.1 million for a solid pass rusher. A good deal. (Abraham is scheduled to make $2.5M in salary next season plus possible escalators and none of it is guaranteed.)

Again, the Cards end up with good players at the right price and the flexibility to move on in 2014 if need be. Keim will stay proactive with their players on short-term deals. “We have a lot of guys who are on one-year deals who we’ll need to actively approach,” Keim said, “and try and get long-term deals done with them and reward them like we have talked about.”

According to the latest salary cap report, the Cards still have $7.8M in salary cap space. I’m not sure that yet includes Jonathan Cooper’s estimated $2.6M cap number.

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8 Responses to “As expected, vets were good bargain for Cards”

  1. By Larry Secrest on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    In MY opinion, (which nobody cares about except me…most of the time), I would say that Steve Keim has done a fantastic job of getting talent from everywhere with out even PUSHING the Salary Cap Limit. Darren, Do you think that he plans to carry some of that cap into 2014? If so how much can he push?

    Or, do you think the Cards will try to restructure someone’s contract this year to use up some of that money?

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Larry —

    RE: Cap carryover

    Other than via some certain rules that I’m not going to go into (“likely to be earned” incentives, etc.) the cap doesn’t carry over from year to year. It’s a set number and then your contract cap numbers have to fit within that.

    I do think the Cards will use up some of that cap space in contract extensions.

  3. By George on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Mr. Keim is proving his salt right away. I am so glad Michael Bidwell made him GM. Keim understands the dynamic’s of today’s NFL. He has a vision and a plan on how to build a football team with out fear but managing the cap. To think we almost lost him to St. Louis. Go Cards!!!

  4. By Chuck 1 on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Does anyone believe that Graves would have done anywhere nearly as well as Keim has done in the FA market and draft?

    Raise your hands.

    That’s what I thought.

  5. By Eric G on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Keim and Arians are fantastic. I hope we see the results on the field.

    Darren, are the Cards eyeing anyone else out there in FA?

  6. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: FA

    Keim has said they will be constantly looking. Anyone in particular? I don’t think so at this point.

  7. By Mark in Chandler on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    You gotta think that Keim has spoken to Seymour’s people and all are just waiting to see if a better offer comes along. With David Carter playing NT one would think there would be a natural hole for a vet DT to slip into.

  8. By Eazy E on Aug 4, 2013 | Reply

    They better sign the ones that ball back though.

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