As the 2021 offseason rolls on, more teams are restructuring contracts to create cap space.
With Bradberry, New York converted $8 million of salary into a signing bonus to create $4 million in cap space. For Martinez, $7 million in salary was converted to create $3.5 million in cap room. But that makes Bradberry’s cap hit $20.5 million in 2022 with Martinez’s cap hit $14 million.
The salary cap should start to go back up next year, but those cap hits illustrate that converting salary to a bonus often just means a team is delaying the inevitable consequences of a contract when making those conversions.