Originally Posted by Tombstone RJ
I'm pretty sure you pay the "guaranteed" money, whatever that is. That's why it's called guaranteed because the team pays it no matter what happens. The Broncos under Shanny did this a lot, paying out "dead" money to players no longer on the team.
Dead money had already been given to the players in that case. He was able to proate some of it depending on when the cut was made..
As for now most guaranteed money is paid up front or is spread over the life of the contract but the majority is up front..