Jason Fitzgerald

Jason is the founder of overthecap.com. Jason is considered an expert in NFL salary cap and contracts analysis and has consulted on many projects in the field of NFL contracts. He is a contributor to the Sporting News and has been interviewed by many news outlets to discuss contract related issues for specific teams and players.

Recent Posts by Jason

Join the OTC Reality Sports Fantasy League

We ran a number of contests this year giving away some spots in the OTC Reality Sports Online fantasy league during the podcasts and have a few more spots that we can away for the readers of the site. The league is tentatively scheduled to be a 12 team league with a rookie draft this Wednesday and then the auction on Sunday the 28th. This is a dynasty style league that uses a salary cap format so we want to have some active owners. (more…)

Thoughts on Cowboys contract with Travis Frederick

The Cowboys signed Center Travis Frederick to a new contract on Sunday.  I’m sure by now we’ve heard all the superlatives thrown around regarding the size of the contract, the guarantees on the contract and so on, so I wanted to dive deeper into the contract and see exactly how this plays out and where the benefits lie for both sides. (more…)

The 2016 Sando/ESPN QB Tiers Project and QB Salaries

Mike Sando just released his 3rd annual QB Tiers project results over at ESPN and as usual we are here to piggyback off that and look at the rankings from a salary perspective. For those unfamiliar with Mike’s piece he basically asks a number of NFL executives and front office personnel to slot the starting quarterbacks into tiers. Mike then crunches the numbers and puts the results out (and probably gets a bunch of blame for a QB being too low from ESPN readers) It’s a great concept and one of my favorite articles of the year. We’ll break those tiers down now and see how the exec opinions match up with the NFL salaries. (more…)

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: Dallas Cowboys

Best: Tyron Smith, 8 years, $97.6 million, $22.1M guaranteed

Nobody ever associates Dallas with negotiating the best contracts in the NFL, but in this instance they arguably have the best contract in the entire league. Smith is considered the best left tackle in the NFL and pretty much was considered the best tackle in the NFL when he signed this contract. His contract does not come close to reflecting that. Smith’s deal was one of the first extensions signed for a first round player in the new CBA and Dallas hit a home run by proactively approaching this deal. (more…)

Best and Worst Contracts 2016: San Diego Chargers

Best: Keenan Allen, 4 years, $45 million, $20.7 million guaranteed

I thought this was a pretty easy selection to make. Regardless of his injury last season, Allen is one of the real bright young NFL talents at the position. He plays on a team that lacks playmakers yet is able to stand out despite the attention he gets. He had been consistent his first two years before making the “third year leap” many expect for receivers as he was on his way to a 1,400 yard season before being injured. (more…)

Thoughts on Tyrann Mathieu’s Contract

Yesterday I took a look at Eric Fisher’s new contract and tried to come up with the logic of both sides in agreeing to the contract. Today I want to look at Tyrann Mathieu of the Cardinals and his recent $12.5 million per year contract extension. I have a pretty different view of this contract than Fisher’s.  (more…)

49ers Extend Bowman?

In one of the odder moves I can recall the San Francisco 49ers have reportedly signed linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a four year. $44 million extension. Bowman is pretty much a lock to be an All Pro player each year and was already on a $9 million a year contract so the money isnt odd, but the fact that he had three years left under his current contract makes and extension come out as kind of strange. Rarely do teams open up contracts when there are so many years remaining. So Im really curious as to what they did here and why they did it but Ill just throw a few suggestions out since I find this pretty fascinating. (more…)