Current Estimated 2016 Cap Space: $52.6 million
Expected 2016 Cap Space: $67.1 million
The Cowboys went from NFC East Division winner to the basement in the span of one season, due mainly to the injuries they suffered, namely QB Tony Romo missing over 10 games. While Dallas needs to retool some for the future, they also have a chance to compete now if Romo is healthy. With that mindset the Cowboys should be somewhat aggressive in free agency and try for one more playoff run. Here’s my potential look at what the Cowboys could do this offseason to get back in contention using Manage the Cap.
The Chargers had one of the worst records last season, but they are a much better team than that record suggests. Their level of injuries last season, particularly on offense left them without the means to be competitive throughout the season. With Philip Rivers still at the helm the Chargers time to compete is now, which is why they should be more aggressive in free agency than some other teams at the bottom of the standings last year. There are a lot of ways they could go, but here is a possible free agency plan to help fix the Chargers using Manage the Cap.
Over the weekend there was pretty big buzz coming out of Philadelphia when the Eagles signed their right tackle Lane Johnson to a huge $11.25 million per year contract extension with over $35 million in guarantees. My initial thought was the same as everyone else’s: “what in the world are they thinking”. Johnson was drafted 4th overall back in 2013 and has been a bit of a disappointment. He’s not a left tackle and these are the numbers for an elite left tackle. While I still don’t have all the numbers on the contract I have enough information now to I think put the contract in a context that we can all understand better and see why the Eagles signed the contract when they did and for this huge figure.
According to an ESPN report by Adam Schefter, Calvin Johnson has informed the Detroit Lions that he plans to retire rather than return for the 2016 season. The Lions were likely going to have to make a difficult decision anyway on Johnson this year due to a $24 million cap charge but he may have made it easier on them by walking away. So what happens next to the Lions salary cap? I’ll explain the ins and outs of how a retirement works after the jump plus look at a conspriacy theory as to a unique way to use a retirement to leverage a better contract. Continue reading What Happens When Calvin Johnson Retires »