2014 Rookie Pool Estimates
     


Updated March 28- The NFL released the official draft order on March 27 and I have made an attempt to project what may be the rookie pool allocations for the year. Due to the large increase in the salary cap this should be the first season where the NFL lifts the "salary freeze" on rookie bonus money. Please keep in mind that because this is the first year in which they are doing this I am working blind in making these allocations. The rookie pool for non-compensatory picks should increase by about $10.879 million for non-compensatory draft picks. If my theory is off I would anticipate the higher draft picks to cost a bit more than listed and the lower draft picks a bit less. By next year I should have a firm grasp as to how they exactly calcualte the pool.

The chart gives four categories to view. The Year One Pool is the cap allocation given to the team in 2014. The Cap Space Required column shows you how much cap space a team needs to set aside for rookies assuming that the team has 51 players under contract and all bottom players count for $420,000 against the salary cap. Every team currently has at least 51 players under contract so the cap space required will represent the maximum set aside teams will need to get their rookies into training camp under the rules of the salary cap. For some teams the players being displaced will have a base salary in excess of $420,000, which reduces the space needed.Signing bonus allocations are the immediate cash that a team will likely need to use to sign their rookies. The total value estimate is what it will cost the team in cap dollars to keep the players for four years not including the "proven performance escalator" that is available for rookies selected in rounds 3-7.

Clicking on each team should take you to their individual cap page for pick by pick and yearly cap breakdowns. If you want to see the draft listed as pick by pick you can click here. If you have any questions about the methodology used feel free to email me.

TeamPicksYear One PoolCap Space RequiredSigning Bonus
Allocation
Total Value
Estimate
Rams12$11,363,798$6,323,798$25,295,192$61,150,200
Browns10$10,146,259$5,946,259$23,785,036$54,371,822
Texans11$9,855,305$5,235,305$20,941,220$52,766,250
Jaguars11$9,544,269$4,924,269$19,697,076$50,828,328
Falcons10$8,166,003$3,966,003$15,864,012$43,591,932
Jets12$7,353,384$2,313,384$9,253,536$38,679,990
Cowboys11$6,809,286$2,189,286$8,757,144$36,043,948
Raiders6$6,761,589$4,241,589$16,966,356$36,514,376
49ers11$6,749,953$2,129,953$8,519,812$35,569,546
Vikings8$6,578,416$3,218,416$12,873,664$34,940,192
Lions8$6,336,079$2,976,079$11,904,316$33,665,286
Steelers9$6,098,643$2,318,643$9,274,572$32,284,236
Bills7$5,980,758$3,040,758$12,163,032$31,948,296
Packers9$5,856,107$2,076,107$8,304,428$30,810,538
Ravens8$5,610,316$2,250,316$9,001,264$29,587,134
Bengals9$5,594,313$1,814,313$7,257,252$29,581,506
Giants7$5,498,164$2,558,164$10,232,656$29,252,480
Buccaneers5$5,418,025$3,318,025$13,272,100$29,321,412
Bears7$5,172,609$2,232,609$8,930,436$27,470,144
Titans6$5,109,134$2,589,134$10,356,536$27,401,654
Patriots8$4,999,112$1,639,112$6,556,448$26,364,612
Dolphins7$4,924,918$1,984,918$7,939,672$26,123,686
Chargers7$4,684,450$1,744,450$6,977,800$24,843,496
Saints7$4,670,117$1,730,117$6,920,468$24,691,724
Panthers7$4,609,283$1,669,283$6,677,132$24,410,924
Broncos7$4,435,422$1,495,422$5,981,688$23,464,328
Cardinals6$4,432,604$1,912,604$7,650,416$23,551,990
Eagles6$4,349,314$1,829,314$7,317,256$23,104,414
Seahawks7$4,320,178$1,380,178$5,520,712$22,947,046
Chiefs6$4,063,052$1,543,052$6,172,208$21,388,032
Redskins6$3,597,167$1,077,167$4,308,668$18,920,888
Colts5$2,593,907$493,907$1,975,628$13,574,858