As the free-agency carousel slows to a crawl, more and more veteran players are signing one-year deals that result in a reduced salary-cap charge.
Last night, we mentioned that receiver Ramses Barden returned to the Giants on a one-year deal that pays $780,000 with a cap charge of $620,000. Safety Quintin Demps made a similar move in Kansas City.
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Demps will receive a one-year salary of $715,000, which will cost only $555,000 under the cap.
The difference between Barden and Demps comes from the signing bonus. The minimum-salary benefit permits up to $65,000 in bonus money, but the payment counts against the cap along with the reduced salary charge.
Demps entered the NFL with the Eagles, where Chiefs coach Andy Reid ran the show for 14 years.