FLOWERY BRANCH — In order to free up some salary cap space to fit in Asante Samuel’s three-year, $18.5 million contract, the Falcons restructured offensive guard Justin Blalock’s contract.
Blalock was a free agent last season and signed a six-year, $38 million contract. Before the restructure, Blalock’s cap number was $5.3 million for 2012. It is now $3.86 million. The Falcons likely shifted some option bonuses around in order to create a more cap-friendly deal that allowed them to pursue Samuel.
Before Samuel’s deal and subsequent restructure of Blalock’s contract, the Falcons were $2.6 million under the cap.
Earlier this offseason, the Falcons restructured cornerback Dunta Robinson’s contract, to provide the team with an additonal $1.55 million in salary cap space in 2012, according to contract documents and Robinson’s representatives.
On Jan. 25, Robinson’s cap value number for 2012 was $7.55 million. His current cap value number for next season is $6 million.
Robinson passed on a $3 million option bonus in favor of having $5 million in base salary guaranteed this year and another $3 million guaranteed next year.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog