With draft day upon us I wanted to throw a quick link up to our feature on the salary cap and the NFL draft, looking for the best value picks in the draft, which is certainly not in the top 5 despite how much those picks are coveted.
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As everyone was well aware there were some site issues (which is putting it mildly) over the last two days where people simply could not get access, saw a suspended page, or saw a we’ll be back shortly page. What happened was the article I wrote on Elvis Dumervil caught a large deal of attention and brought enough users onto the site Saturday at once that it crashed the servers. The initial growth of this website has been outstanding far outpacing my other cap site and my largest expectations for here. There was an issue a few days before this … Read the rest
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley becomes the latest player out of Pittsburgh to have his contract restructured in an effort to create room under the salary cap for the team to operate. The move was likely prompted in part by the need to account for restricted free agent tenders in the amount of $1.323 million issued to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, and nose tackle Steve McLendon.
Based on the reduction of his scheduled $9 million base salary to $3.6 million, Woodley likely had the difference of $5.4 million converted to a signing bonus and … Read the rest
Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger has an excellent article detailing the impact of the new CBA on many veteran players and the thought that teams will be creating flatter salary structures built into the contracts.
Toward the end of the last CBA, there were annual increases in cap,” Jets general manager John Idzik said. “There would be a natural incline in some of those deals, and if you’re not too careful in planning those deals in a relatively flat cap situation, it could back you into a hole.”
The contracts that will be negotiated when free agency opens
In recent days I have seen a lot written about the new cash minimums that are in effect for the NFL. The basic rule is that each team must spend, in cash, 89% of the unadjusted salary cap with leaguewide spending to equal 95% of the cap. Most seem to be of the belief that this means every team in the league this season has no choice but to spend $107.7 million in order to comply with the rules, putting teams like the Bengals with a cash payroll under 60 million into a position where they have to go on … Read the rest
I plan on doing my overview of the Lions today, but here is an article from Sporting News discussing the Lions desire to extend QB Matt Stafford. The Lions have a number of high cap priced players and Stafford is right at the top of the list with a cap hit of nearly $21 million dollars. With Joe Flacco pushing to break the bank and earn more than Drew Brees, the Lions would be wise to get Stafford under contract before the market pushed upwards for Quarterbacks.
Statistically Stafford is going to be superior to most players at the … Read the rest
While it has not yet reached a frantic pace of moves just yet its become apparent that the Lions and Giants are the most proactive teams in releasing players. The Lions have cut three players and now the Giants join them with the release of DT Chris Canty and RB Ahmad Bradshaw earlier this afternoon. The release of Canty saves the Giants $6.5 million in both cash and cap dollars while moving on from Bradshaw creates $2.75 million in additional cap room for the team while saving them $4 million in real dollars. Both releases were a bit different from … Read the rest