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Details released for Matt Prater's contract

The details are out for Matt Prater's contract with the Detroit Lions.

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Kicker Matt Prater agreed to a new deal with the Detroit Lions last Friday, and initial reports had it as being worth $9 million over three years. Those numbers are correct, but the Free Press' Dave Birkett reports that Prater's deal is technically for two years with a team option for the third year. Via Birkett, here's the full breakdown:

K Matt Prater: 3 years, $9,000,000 (signing bonus: $750,000)
Year Base salary Signing bonus Workout bonus Per-game bonuses Roster bonus Option bonus Cap number
2015 $1,000,000 $250,000 $50,000 up to $200,000 $1,437,500 (see update below)
2016 $2,250,000 $250,000 $50,000 up to $250,000 $375,000 $3,175,000
2017 (team option) $3,150,000 $250,000 $50,000 up to $250,000 $250,000 $375,000 $4,325,000

There are two important things to note about the structure of this contract. For starters, those per-game bonuses are based on how many games Prater actually plays in each season. This year, for example, Prater will get a $12,500 bonus for each game he plays in, and that number will rise to $15,625 per game in 2016 and 2017.

Also, keep this note from Birkett in mind for Prater's option in 2017: "The Lions have until the third day of the 2016 league year to exercise the 2017 option on Prater's contract for $750,000 or his 2016 base salary increases to $3 million." In other words, if the Lions don't pick up Prater's option a year from now, his base salary will go up $750,000 to make up for the loss of his option bonus.

Anyway, to make a long story short, Prater's contract could amount to $9 million over the next three seasons. With so many moving parts between his bonuses and the 2017 team option, however, it's possible that the total value of the deal could come in at a lesser number depending on what happens over the next three seasons.

UPDATE: For 2015, it appears the official cap number for Prater's per-game bonuses is $137,500. This is because it has been deemed that he is only likely to earn 11 of those $12,500 bonuses, which I'm assuming is based on him playing in 11 games last season. In all reality, Prater will likely play in all 16 games, but my understanding is that anything he earns beyond $137,500 in per-game bonuses this year will not count against the cap until 2016. (Go here for a full breakdown of how "likely to be earned" bonuses work.)

Also, it looks as though Prater's official cap numbers for 2016 and 2017 are currently $2,800,000 and $3,950,000, respectively. This is because the $750,000 bonus he would receive next year if his option is picked up isn't currently factored into the official cap numbers. I went ahead and factored it into the above rundown for 2016 and 2017, though, so that's why my numbers don't match the official numbers.

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