- David Newton, ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter
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Average per year: $1.75 million
Signing bonus: $350,000
Roster bonus: $15,625 per game on the 46-man roster with a maximum of $250,000
Workout bonus: $150,000
Playing-time incentives: Up to $1.3 million in NLTBE [Not Likely To Be Earned] based on playing time, interceptions and Pro Bowl selections
Salary-cap hit: $1,531,250
Assessment: The total deal could reach $3.05 million if Tillman reaches all of his incentives, which is doubtful. If he does, that’s a bonus for the Panthers. Either way, Carolina hasn’t invested a really big number for a two-time Pro Bowl player. It is designed to reward Tillman if he stays healthy, which he hasn’t done the past two seasons because of a torn triceps tendon. It is designed to protect the Panthers in case Tillman is injured or his age catches up with him and he isn’t a full-time contributor. For a player who also is expected to be a solid locker-room presence, there’s really not much risk here.
The total in this team-friendly deal could reach $3.05 million if Tillman reaches all of his incentives, which is doubtful.