According to Florio, Nelson $14.2 million signing bonus is the only guaranteed money included in the entire contract.
- Nelson can make $2.5 million in total roster bonuses — $500,000 per year — over the course of the contract.
- He also has $500,000 per year in workout bonuses as well.
Yearly breakdown of base salaries and cap hits:
- 2014: $2 million base salary, $5.925 million cap figure
- 2015: $1.3 million base salary, $4.6 million cap figure
- 2016: $5.5 million base salary, $8.8 million cap figure
- 2017: $8.25 million base salary, $11.55 million cap figure
- 2018: $9.25 million base salary, $12.55 million cap figure
Florio mentions that Nelson could end up being either a release candidate or someone the Packers approach about a restructured contract in 2017 when his cap figure jumps to $11.55 million.
Green Bay is easily committed to Nelson for at least the first two years of this contract and they will have options once his cap figures increase.
Nelson’s three-year average stats include 67 receptions for 1,107 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns, and that’s despite being missing four games due to injury, and playing a seven-game stretch with guys like Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn throwing him the ball.
He was one of the most underpaid players in the league before this contract, so it’s good to see him get a well deserved pay raise.