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LTBE - Likely To Be Earned
NLTBE - Not Likely To Be Earned
Salary cap bonuses are categorized under one of the two headings. If such a incentive is labeled LTBE, that money will count against the team’s cap. If it is an NLTBE incentive, then the cap will not be affected by the payment. When a team inserts large NLTBE incentives into its contracts, the salary figures are inflated, but much
of the money is never doled out. If the incentives were to be received,
the cap would remain unaffected…for that year. The next year, the cap
would be shrunk due to an NLTBE payment. This is
somewhat rare; however, due to the fact that the incentive was regarded as
“not likely to be earned” in the first place. At the same time, if a LTBE incentive is not granted
to a player, that team’s cap may be expanded in the next year. Many teams in the NFL "roll over" unpaid incentives from previous years to increase the current years cap space.
While we hope that you find this chart easy to read, tracking all of
the information takes a lot of hard work. There is no simple way to
grab contract details as they are quite often not released to the press
at the time the contracts are signed.
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