Introducing OTC’s Texture Page For 2015

As I explained before in this article, and used 2014 as an introductory example, I’m interested in exploring the concept of texture to gain a better understanding how what goes into building an NFL roster.  I have now created a page that will programmatically display the texture of each team as it stands in real time.  In the future, I hope to add tabs for team textures of previous years.  Since the 2015 regular season is hours away from beginning, I used today as a deadline to get this page live so that we could get a glimpse of what teams look like right now before the attrition of the season comes upon us.

Here is a direct link to the texture page, and you may also find the same link in the Featured Content box on the sidebar.  Beyond the fold, you can find interesting texture facts to get you started, one for each team, grouped by division.

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Internship Opportunity for Those Pursuing Career in Salary Cap/Contracts

OTC has a very strong following among people who currently work in the NFL and those hoping to pursue careers in the NFL, and I think this should be of interest to those readers. We have an internship opportunity to offer this year where you will get to work with a sports agent and get some very hands on experience working with the salary cap and NFL contracts. Continue reading Internship Opportunity for Those Pursuing Career in Salary Cap/Contracts »

Dave Diehl and Brian Cushing Podcasts and Caponomics Book Update

First off, thanks to everyone who had e-mailed me at to let me know you’re interested in the book we have coming out this summer analyzing Super Bowl champion salary caps, creating theories and then applying those theories to annually analyze every team as to why they were or weren’t successful. It’s really encouraging to know so many people are interested. I’ll be sending out the two or three preview chapters to cap-heads on the e-mail list within the next two weeks, thank you for being patient.

I wanted to alert you all to a great podcast that I’m doing some work with. A huge mentor and educator of mine, plus the main reason I was able to become scholarship caliber football player in college, Joe DeFranco, has started Joe DeFranco’s Industrial Strength Show on iTunes. (Without training at DeFranco’s Gym, I probably wouldn’t have finished my career at URI, the guy turned me into a legitimate athlete, so I know personally that he’s the real deal.)

The last two episodes have been with Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans and Dave Diehl of the New York Giants, both guys who have trained with Joe for over a decade. The definition of industrial strength according to Merriam Webster is “stronger, more powerful, or more intense than others of its kind,” and that’s the kind of motivation behind the show, hearing the stories of people who have “industrial strength.” So with these episodes, you get to learn about the process that has made Diehl and Cush who they are today.

A pretty awesome fact is that Dave Diehl is the first player to go from the field to the booth in the year after he retired since Troy Aikman did it. He’s a great lesson in how an NFL player should be prepared for his post-NFL career. They’re both great guys who you’ll get to learn more about in their podcasts, so please subscribe to the Industrial Strength Show at the link here!

Last, I want to share some of my recent articles that go along with the kind of analysis that you’ll find in Caponomics, so that you can grasp the mindset that I have when writing this book. I’m having a lot of fun writing this and it’s really increased my knowledge of the NFL salary cap so far, so I hope that you guys will enjoy the final product!

Moneyball’s 27 Outs vs. Caponomics 12 Possessions

Eagles Finding Value in Injured Players

DeMarco Murray and the Team Building Strategies of the Cowboys and Eagles

Analyzing the 4 Patriots Super Bowl teams of the Salary Cap Era

Analyzing Top Cap Charges for Super Bowl Champs

Suh’s Contract Cripples the Dolphins

The Manning vs. Brady Debate

If you want to purchase The First Annual Caponomics: Understanding NFL Roster Building through Super Bowl Champion Salary Cap Analysis, which has analysis like this in it, please e-mail me at, so that I can put you on our e-mail list for people interested in purchasing the book.


If you join our e-mail list, I will send you a chapter on the 2014 Lions and then the 2014 Patriots once they are completed. I will probably throw in a bonus chapter on the 2012 Ravens or 2013 Seahawks as those are coming along nicely.


I’m currently in the process of getting some legal stuff handled for the book and then I can put the pre-order up on Amazon, otherwise, it would already be up there. Thanks for your support and feel free to send me any questions or ideas to that e-mail address.

OTC Answers 3 Questions Over at MMQB with Peter King

I had the opportunity to answer three salary cap questions for Peter King’s MMQB this week on some recent free agent topics. I’d imagine most readers here are avid MMQB readers but if not, feel free to check it out and add any comments here is you want. The three topics covered are:

1. The potential problems with the Ndamukong Suh contract

2. Who may be next on the Saints Shopping Block

3. What teams tratditionally manage the cap the best

Here is the link to the article

NFLPA Says 2015 Salary Cap Will Be At Least $143M

The NFLPA has said for a few weeks now that they will give their own estimates for the salary cap limits so that players and agents do not need to rely on NFL estimates and today they gave it- $143 million, a rise of $10 million from last season. If they are correct in their assessment this will mark the second year in a row in which the cap rose by $10 million after three years of a flat salary cap.

We have now updated (almost) all the numbers on the site to reflect the $143M estimate. The NFL salary cap space page now reflect that change as well as the workout adjustments which will soon accrue.  The NFL salary cap calculators are also all updated to reflect the new franchise tag and RFA tender projections. The following are the tag and tender amounts we are estimating:

Franchise Tag

QB: $18,507,000
DE: $14,785,000
LB: $13,169,000
CB: $13,049,000
OL: $12,920,000
WR: $12,797,000
DT: $11,171,000
RB: $10,929,000
TE: $8,330,000
S: $9,600,000
P/K: $4,118,000


1st Rnd: $3,347,000
2nd Rnd: $2,351,000
ROFR/Original Rnd: $1,539,000

The only number that we don’t have updated yet is the Proven Performance Escalator, which will equal  the ROFR. Since these numbers are not official I will hold off on that update until it becomes official. You can read about what players earned the PPE here.

As always if you see anything missing or in error just send an email and I will try to correct it.

Introducing OTC’s Draft Resources Page


With the offseason now in session for 30 of the 32 NFL teams, the grand majority of people are now interested into looking toward the 2015 season.  As always, an integral part of the offseason is the draft.  Here at OTC, I’m proud to introduce two aspects of the draft that I feel will be quite useful for those among us that follow contracts and the salary cap with added interest:

  • Estimates for each team’s rookie pool in 2015, the amount of cap money that they can be expected to devote to signing their entire draft class, barring future trades.  Current trades and draft order have been taken into account–you can click on each team to see which picks they currently. (And don’t worry, Patriots fans: if the Pats win the Super Bowl the order will be changed accordingly–the current order is not a prediction but arises from a strength of schedule tiebreaker.)
  • Projections on the compensatory draft picks that will be awarded some time in March.  This has implications for the cap situation for some teams, as their rookie pool will increase with the benefit of having additional draft picks.  But my goal is to also provide a valuable resource for all those interested in the draft in general and not just with the financial aspects.

You may view OTC’s draft page here, and a link has also been added to the dashboard. As always, questions and comments are welcome and encouraged.  (Though I would ask that for a greater chance of response, if you have questions specifically about the 2015 compensatory pick projection, that you comment directly in the post on the subject here, or respond to me via the contact form.)

A Users Guide to OTC

With the playoffs down to the final four and many new users coming to OTC I thought this would be a good time to just give a quick overview of the website and how to navigate and use some of the tools on here for both new and current users of OTC.

For those who have never been here before OTC is (in my humble opinion) the number 1 salary cap resource on the internet. We source contracts as best as we can and have a strong fundamental understanding of contracts to fill in some of the missing numbers with relatively solid estimates. Our numbers are used in various publications and other websites and if you check out any other sites you’ll notice where they get their information from.

Our most popular pages are the team salary cap pages which you can access by clicking on the team abbreviations in the menu bar. Here we give a breakdown of a player’s yearly contract, but the columns most important to everyone are the cap number column and the dead money & cap savings column. The cap number is a player’s charge in a given year. The dead money represents the cost of cutting the player while the savings column shows how much money is saved by releasing the player.

You will also notice that you can change scenarios for the dead money calculation by selecting from a dropdown menu to see what happens to the charge if cut after June 1 or traded.

OTC menu

Every player’s name is linked to his individual cap page that may have notes on the players contract, his yearly cap charges and a similar dead money calculation option for the remaining years of a player’s contract. We also have some graphs for the player to compare his deal across the NFL.

Our salary cap pages also have a number of other menu items that you can select. Listed right under the team name you can follow a page to the teams calculator (more on that in a minute), complete contract values, free agents for each year, related articles, and some graphs and charts illustrating the teams cap situation.

OTC menu bar

The salary cap calculator gives you an opportunity to be general manager of your favorite team. Developed by Nick Korte this calculator gives you the option to cut players, restructure contracts, re-sign your own players, and add free agents to the team. Each move will reflect the decisions a team has to make and it will calculate not just the current impact but also the future impact. It is a ton of fun and very addicitive. You’ll also see how hard it can be to keep an NFL team together. You can go to the calculators by either clicking in the teams menu bar or in the blue bar underneath the teams and positions, as shown below:

otc blue menu

Using that same picture you will see every position listed above the blue menu. Clicking on a position will take you to the listing of each contract at the position. The default view will show you the total value, annual value, guaranteed value, and free agency status of the players. Above the chart you will see the option to drop down into years, which will give you the cap and cash salaries for a player in that given year.

The positional spending link will give you an overview of what your team is spending in cap dollars on each offensive and defensive position. This is presented as the top 51 players in the offseason and the full roster in the regular season.

In the top right the site you will see a red menu bar that will take you to different leaguewide views.

otc red menu

Cap Space is very simply the estimated cap room for each season. In the offseason these are set for the top 51 players on a roster….Cash spending will give an estimate as to the actual dollars committed to a roster in a given season.

The contracts link will bring you to a listing of every contract in the NFL. You can quickly just click on a section to drill down to look by team or position in one handy spot rather than using the individual links. Moving the sliders lets you filter players by various contract metrics to quickly compare players.

OTC contracts menud menu

The free agents tab will bring you to a similar view where you can drill down into position, team, and free agent status. You can quickly switch years by clicking on a tab to see who is set to be a free agent two or three years from now if you want. This is probably the most comprehensive and user friendly free agent list I’ve seen.

Finally there is the blog portion of the website, where our team gives thoughts and opinions on a number of NFL topics. Most are related to contracts, the salary cap, the draft, and the use of various analytics and metrics in valuing deals, but I also tend to give my thoughts on a number of topics ranging from predictions to fantasy to rants on the Jets. Some of these are pretty in depth and get the TLDR treatment, but feel free to give things a glance. We’ll run some different features depending on the time of year and currently we are putting up cap overviews for each team more or less every other day.

There is also the OTC podcast that I record (more or less) weekly.

We’re not perfect here and we make mistakes (especially with some free agent status’) so feel free to point any out to us by email. Any help that anyone can provie with contract information we may have missed, is wrong, or we simply don’t have is always appreciated. We are always open to suggestions for the future to help improve the site too. But have fun and explore the site to see some of the different things we have here.

If you want to keep up with our updated postings, contracts, and my own general NFL thoughts give me a follow on Twitter @Jason_OTC

Thanks again for the support as we get ready to begin our third year at OTC this February. I think we have some really good ideas already for OTC and hopefully we can keep on growing in 2015!