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Nick Bellore contract: 49ers linebacker deal includes some incentives

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The San Francisco 49ers signed Nick Bellore to a 2-year deal that includes a decent amount of incentives. We break down some of the numbers.

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Two weeks ago, the San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Nick Bellore to a two-year contract, and I just came across the details. Matt Maiocco and Over The Cap reported close, but somewhat different numbers, so I thought I would drop both in here.

They both agree on base salary, with Bellore earning $750,000 in 2015 and $760,000 in 2016. Bellore has played in all 64 games since entering the NFL in 2011, which makes him a four-year veteran. The NFL CBA mandates a league minimum salary of $745,000 in 2015 and $760,000 in 2016. That means over the two years he is getting $5,000 above the league minimum.

Both have Bellore down for a $30,000 signing bonus, which prorates to $15,000 each year. Over The Cap includes a $20,000 in roster bonus and $80,000 workout bonus for 2015, and then a $50,000 workout bonus for 2016. Maiocco does not mention them, but they add up to his total of a 2-year, $1.69 million contract.

The only difference is the incentives. Maiocco is reporting Bellore has $505,000 in incentives. Over The Cap indicates he has $610,000 in incentives ($305,000 per year). OTC believes they are LTBE (as opposed to NLTBE), which means they are included in the cap figure. Fooch's update: According to Jason Hurley, the contract also includes $200,000 each year in NLTBE incentives (related to defensive playing time).

This is not a particularly sizable deal, with the $30,000 signing bonus the only guaranteed money. I am curious what kind of incentives are involved. He played almost exclusively as a special teams player, so if they are likely to be earned, they would seemingly be connected to that. He could get some preseason time at linebacker, but my guess is he focuses almost exclusively on special teams.