Robison Hits Incentives, Becomes Expensive

A few posts down, I previewed the Vikings current status at the defensive end position, including a section about contracts.

I was purposely non-descript about Brian Robison’s cap hit in 2012 and 2013 because I knew that his signing bonus and incentives would come into play, but I wasn’t sure how.

As it turns out, that answer came quickly.

Tom Pelissero reports that Robison triggered incentives in his contract with his performance in 2011.

As a result, his salary for 2012 will jump from $726,000 to $1.712 million, which still isn’t too bad for a serviceable starting defensive lineman.

In 2013, however, Robison’s salary of $864,000 will skyrocket all the way to $4.4 million.

Prior to the 2011 lockout, the Vikings signed Robison to a three year deal worth a maximum of $14.1 million and it included a $6.5 million signing bonus.  In reaching certain incentives, Robison is close to realizing the full amount of that contract.