Over the Cap http://overthecap.com NFL Salary Cap, Player Contracts, and Related News and Analysis Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:07:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Rams Restructure Contract of Jared Cook for Cap Reliefhttp://overthecap.com/rams-restructure-contract-jared-cook-cap-relief/ http://overthecap.com/rams-restructure-contract-jared-cook-cap-relief/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:07:35 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8344

I had speculated the other day that the Rams needed to restructure a contract in order to execute the trade for safety Mark Barron and as it turns out the Rams did just that. According to Brian McIntyre, the Rams tweaked the contract of tight end Jared Cook this time around to comply with salary cap restrictions.

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I had speculated the other day that the Rams needed to restructure a contract in order to execute the trade for safety Mark Barron and as it turns out the Rams did just that. According to Brian McIntyre, the Rams tweaked the contract of tight end Jared Cook this time around to comply with salary cap restrictions.

In the restructure it seems that the Rams reduced Cook’s P5 from $3 million to the minimum of $730,000 and converted the balance to a signing bonus. The Rams gained $901,323 in cap space with the restructure. Cooks salary cap charge will now rise by $300,441 over the next three seasons. I believe Cook had incentives in his contract which I am assuming were removed as those would have counted against the cap following the restructure.

The Rams, probably more than any other team in the NFL, ride the cap as close as possible to their salary cap limit. This leads to the need for potential in-season restructures if a big move comes along, like the trade, or if injuries force them to sign additional players. The Rams have been decimated by injuries the last two seasons so they have had a handful of restructured deals leading into and during the season.

It’s a bit of a different approach than most teams in the NFL. Usually teams that ride this close to the salary cap do so because they have very little choice based on how they have managed their roster and the costs associated with cutting certain players. The Rams operate this way by choice, maintaining flexibility in future years to pick and choose the contracts to restructure, in part based on current performance rather than trying to project that performance at an earlier date.

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NFL Predictions: Week 9 Thursday Night Footballhttp://overthecap.com/nfl-predictions-week-9-thursday-night-football/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-predictions-week-9-thursday-night-football/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:10:04 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8341

I finished last week with a 9-6 record straight up and 8-7 record against the spread. My yearly record now stands at 80-40-1 and 70-48-3.

Saints (-3) over PANTHERS- While I dislike taking the Saints on the road, I just don’t see a way for the Panthers to compete on offense with New Orleans. Saints games are often going to resemble something of a shootout and its nearly impssible for the Panthers to win that kind of game. The short week should also work in the favor of the Saints who are more experienced in these situations and much … Read the rest

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I finished last week with a 9-6 record straight up and 8-7 record against the spread. My yearly record now stands at 80-40-1 and 70-48-3.

Saints (-3) over PANTHERS- While I dislike taking the Saints on the road, I just don’t see a way for the Panthers to compete on offense with New Orleans. Saints games are often going to resemble something of a shootout and its nearly impssible for the Panthers to win that kind of game. The short week should also work in the favor of the Saints who are more experienced in these situations and much better coached. Carolina should put up some points this week but I have a feeling they need to be in at least the high 20’s to have a shot and I just dont see that. Saints 29 Panthers 23

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Week 9 FanDuel Fantasy Football Contesthttp://overthecap.com/week-9-fanduel-fantasy-football-contest/ http://overthecap.com/week-9-fanduel-fantasy-football-contest/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:26:37 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8339

We have another FanDuel league set up for the week if you would like to join in. The entry fee is $2 and its a 10 team league. The league will run even if we have less, but hopefully we get 10 again this week. Prizes go to the top 3 teams and the deadline for entry is a few minutes before the 1PM kickoff on Sunday.

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We have another FanDuel league set up for the week if you would like to join in. The entry fee is $2 and its a 10 team league. The league will run even if we have less, but hopefully we get 10 again this week. Prizes go to the top 3 teams and the deadline for entry is a few minutes before the 1PM kickoff on Sunday.

Follow this links for the OTC Week 9 FanDuel League

If you haven’t tried FanDuel out yet its basically a weekly fantasy football league where your team is made up within the constraints of a salary cap. They do have free games to try out and if you click through the link you should be able to see how the game works and how you pick a team with no commitments.

It was a tight contest last week with chaplainward120 taking first place with Arian Foster putting up huge numbers for his team. Tokyola was a very close second while Indianajet snuck into 3rd place.

My own team came in 6th as I had a strong feeling in the Seahawks offense and boy was that a bad idea.  I had almost no hope of overcoming that poor performance and then Jordy Nelson did little in the night game and I was completely sunk.

If for some reason anyone gets shut out because we fill up just let me know and we can see about expanding the league next week if we have enough. Good luck to everyone this week.

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10 Contract Year Players Who Need to Step Up In the 2nd Half via SNhttp://overthecap.com/10-contract-year-players-need-step-2nd-half-via-sn/ http://overthecap.com/10-contract-year-players-need-step-2nd-half-via-sn/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:13:22 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8337

Check out this week’s Sporting News piece where I give my opinions on 10 contract year players who I think really need breakout second halves of the season to get that big contract next year.

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Check out this week’s Sporting News piece where I give my opinions on 10 contract year players who I think really need breakout second halves of the season to get that big contract next year.

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The OTC NFL Power Rankings: Week 9http://overthecap.com/otc-nfl-power-rankings-week-9/ http://overthecap.com/otc-nfl-power-rankings-week-9/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:31:39 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8335

The Cardinals jumped to number 7, while the Seahawks dropped to 8. I cant recall the last time Seattle did not come out as a top 5 team in these rankings. Sometime back in 2012 I’d guess and one more poor week and I think its time to start being concerned.

On the low end of the rankings, the Buccaneers are proving to be the worst team in some time. There is nothing they do well and its against a pretty easy schedule. Jacksonville and St. Louis are the other teams trending really bad. The Raiders have actually played a … Read the rest

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The Cardinals jumped to number 7, while the Seahawks dropped to 8. I cant recall the last time Seattle did not come out as a top 5 team in these rankings. Sometime back in 2012 I’d guess and one more poor week and I think its time to start being concerned.

On the low end of the rankings, the Buccaneers are proving to be the worst team in some time. There is nothing they do well and its against a pretty easy schedule. Jacksonville and St. Louis are the other teams trending really bad. The Raiders have actually played a bit better than the record would indicate but they have a very difficult schedule which, in some ways, helps them in these rankings since they are not always getting blown out.

The Falcons, Bears, and Rams look like the worst value teams in the NFL. The Falcons have the highest true payroll in the NFL while the other two are in the top 10. All three are among the worst in the NFL. The Rams do have the injury excuse as a massive portion of the team is on IR, but I would expect changes in the other two organizations unless things improve.

NFL Power Rankings, Through Week 8

RankChangeTeamScoring EfficiencyDefensive EfficiencyTotal EfficiencyProjected Wins
1-Broncos56.2%19.0%75.2%15.1
2-Colts47.2%1.9%49.1%12.6
3-Ravens8.7%34.6%43.2%12.1
4+2Chiefs10.9%28.1%39.0%11.7
5-Chargers14.0%16.1%30.1%10.9
6+8Patriots31.8%-6.5%25.2%10.3
7+3Cardinals3.3%19.2%22.5%10.1
8-4Seahawks5.5%15.2%20.7%10.0
9-2Eagles20.3%-0.8%19.5%9.8
10-1Cowboys9.8%7.0%16.8%9.6
11-Lions-20.8%33.0%12.2%9.2
12+3Bengals2.8%8.5%11.3%9.1
13+3Bills0.8%10.1%10.9%9.0
14-1Dolphins5.4%4.9%10.3%9.0
15-7Packers20.2%-10.4%9.7%8.9
16+1Texans-2.6%10.1%7.6%8.7
17-549ers-1.3%8.3%7.0%8.7
18+4Saints26.8%-21.8%4.9%8.4
19+1Steelers10.2%-8.2%2.0%8.2
20-2Giants1.3%-1.2%0.0%8.0
21-2Browns-4.7%1.3%-3.5%7.7
22+4Redskins-7.1%-13.4%-20.5%6.0
23-Panthers-10.5%-10.8%-21.3%6.0
24-Vikings-32.4%10.9%-21.4%6.0
25+2Falcons3.7%-27.8%-24.1%5.7
26-5Bears-8.4%-19.8%-28.2%5.3
27+1Titans-27.1%-8.4%-35.5%4.7
28-3Jets-19.6%-19.7%-39.3%4.3
29+1Raiders-34.7%-8.9%-43.6%3.9
30+1Jaguars-38.7%-12.0%-50.6%3.2
31-2Rams-16.7%-34.1%-50.8%3.2
32-Buccaneers-25.2%-45.1%-70.3%1.3

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Podcast: NFL Week 8 Rewind, Gerald McCoy, and Idzik and the Jetshttp://overthecap.com/podcast-nfl-week-8-rewind-gerald-mccoy-idzik-jets/ http://overthecap.com/podcast-nfl-week-8-rewind-gerald-mccoy-idzik-jets/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:16:26 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8332

In todays podcast we look at the two trades in the NFL plus Gerald McCoys new contract extension, give thoughts on all the games from week 8, and then wrap things up by talking about the Idzik “plan” and the sad state of affairs with the Jets

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In todays podcast we look at the two trades in the NFL plus Gerald McCoys new contract extension, give thoughts on all the games from week 8, and then wrap things up by talking about the Idzik “plan” and the sad state of affairs with the Jets

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Buccaneers Trade Barron and Casillashttp://overthecap.com/buccaneers-trade-barron-casillas/ http://overthecap.com/buccaneers-trade-barron-casillas/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:33:54 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8330

While not much was expected at the deadline the Buccaneers made some noise by selling off former first round draft pick saftey Mark Barron to the Rams and linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the Patriots.

The trade of Barron is the interesting one because again it shows how the new CBA allows first round picks to be traded away rather than being forced to keep an unwanted player on the roster. I would expect more of these in the future.

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While not much was expected at the deadline the Buccaneers made some noise by selling off former first round draft pick saftey Mark Barron to the Rams and linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the Patriots.

The trade of Barron is the interesting one because again it shows how the new CBA allows first round picks to be traded away rather than being forced to keep an unwanted player on the roster. I would expect more of these in the future.

Barron still has two years remaining under contract, both fully guaranteed, as well as an option year that can be picked up for 2016 after this season. The Rams will take on $902,719 in cap charges in 2014 and $2,362,704 in 2015. The Rams released Case Keenum to make make room for Barron which saves them $262,059 against ths salary cap. The Rams only had about $540,000 in cap room as of today so they likely had to restructure a contract to fit Barron on the roster. In the past the player they always go to in these situations is Chris Long so I would not be surprised if his deal was tweaked today as well.

Casillas was signed this year as a free agent and had received $200,000 in an offseason bonus. The Patriots will take on the the balance of his salay, $582,353, for this year.

The Buccaneers will keep a $2,240,273 dead money charge against their 2015 cap for Barron. They will avoid $902,719 in payments this year for Barron and $582,353 for Casillas which will boost their miniscuke $410,000 in cap room that remained following the extension of Gerald McCoy. This should give them the breathing room they need for the rest of the year.

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Jon Beason To Have Season Ending Surgeryhttp://overthecap.com/jon-beason-season-ending-surgery/ http://overthecap.com/jon-beason-season-ending-surgery/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:49:31 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8327

Add Jon Beason to the list of players who will finish the season on Injured Reserve. Beason’s whose career has been derailed by injuries since 2011, was traded to the Giants in 2013 and made it through the season healthy. He was one of the best players on their defense and because of that received a new 3 year contract from the team in the offseason.

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Add Jon Beason to the list of players who will finish the season on Injured Reserve. Beason’s whose career has been derailed by injuries since 2011, was traded to the Giants in 2013 and made it through the season healthy. He was one of the best players on their defense and because of that received a new 3 year contract from the team in the offseason.

There is always a risk when you sign an often injured player and there is a question as to whether or not this injury likely spells the end of his Giants career. The Giants tried as best as possible to minimize some of that risk by using a number of per game active roster bonuses in his contract.

Since Beason will land on IR after just 7 games, he will lose $450,000 in potential salary this year.  The Giants should receive a $400,000 credit for Beasons lost bonus money that will go towards next years salary cap or be an offset for paying off other incentives earned by others.

Beason has $1.2 million in roster bonuses next season which will now count for $525,000 against the 2015 salary cap. That should leave Beason with an offseason cap charge of $6.69 million with the potential to earn $5.9 million in salary. Those numbers are probably enough to consider parting ways.

$900,000 of Beason’s $3.6 million 2015 salary is guaranteed, but that would likely be offset if he continues to play football and signs with another team. The Giants paid Beason a $4.4 million signing bonus this year so his total dead money charge would be $3.83 million.  That would amount to a cap space increase of  about $2.85 million.

The Giants should have over $20 million in cap space next year assuming a $140 million cap which puts them in the middle of the pack with the NFL, so its not crucial to create cap space. but they do have contract decisions to be made on Antrel Rolle and Jason Pierre Paul. Beason has an offseason roster bonus due the 5th day of the 2015 League Year so any decisions or contract restructures will need to be made before that.

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Jake Long Injured Again and a Look at the Rams Upcoming Decisionshttp://overthecap.com/jake-long-injured-again-rams-contracts-upcoming-decisions/ http://overthecap.com/jake-long-injured-again-rams-contracts-upcoming-decisions/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:23:59 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8325

Rams left tackle Jake Long tore his ACL this past Saturday, an injury that should send him to the IR and end his season. This will mark the 4th time in four seasons that Long has finished the year on the injured list and he will add to the massive salary total that sits on the Rams injured list.

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Rams left tackle Jake Long tore his ACL this past Saturday, an injury that should send him to the IR and end his season. This will mark the 4th time in four seasons that Long has finished the year on the injured list and he will add to the massive salary total that sits on the Rams injured list.

If Long will want to play football next season he will likely need to discuss his contract with the Rams. The Rams designed a creative contract with Long that was somewhat back loaded in value and gave them yearly outs in the event the often injured tackle continued to be hurt.

Long is owed $9.25 million in salary in 2015 and has a $10.5 million salary cap number. If Long is on the Rams roster a few days into the 2015 League Year, $4 million of that figure will become guaranteed, forcing a decision sometime in early March on his future. Releasing Long will save the Rams $8 million in cap room, so the Rams would certainly have every financial incentive to move on.

The sides could also agree to restructure a contract that pays Long his guaranteed number he wanted ($4 million) and nothing else. That would have the sides meeting somewhere in the middle in terms of cash/cap savings while also giving Long one more opportunity to play in the NFL.

The Rams will likely have a number of offseason roster decisions to make. Even with the injuries they have to be disappointed with their current 2-5 record and it may be hard to justify coming back with the same veterans on the roster in 2015.

In addition to Long the Rams will have to make a decision on the future of quarterback Sam Bradford, who will count for over $16.5 million in cap charges. Releasing Bradford avoids sinking another $13 million into the quarterback in both cap space and actual cash commitments. Kendall Langford carries a $7 million salary cap charge and would open up $6 million in cap room if cut. The team could also look to try to do something with the contract of Jared Cook.

My current estimates for the Rams have them with about $13 million in cap room in 2015, assuming a $3 million credit for Cortland Finnegan and a $140 million salary cap. That would be around the top of the bottom third of the NFL. Making a few of the above moves would move them into the top 10 best cap positions in 2015 and likely near the top 5.

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NFL Stock Down: Week 8http://overthecap.com/nfl-stock-down-week-8-2014-nicks-vick-lamarr-houston/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-stock-down-week-8-2014-nicks-vick-lamarr-houston/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:07:49 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=8321

Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.

Stock Down

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Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.

Stock Down

Hakeem Nicks- Nicks took a one year deal with the Indianapolis Colts to turn the perception around that he wasn’t worth big receiver money. It seemed like a great pairing since we all know Nicks has talent and the Colts system puts up great numbers, but Nicks has been a dud and the ship has sailed at being paid anywhere near a top end number 2, let alone number 1 receiver. Nicks produced just 1 reception despite being targeted 6 times this week.

Michael Vick- One would think Vick was using this season to hope to land one more starting job down the line, but in his second appearance of the year Vick continued to show many of the bad traits he showed in his final years in Philadelphia. Vick completed just 50% of his passes and turned the ball over three times in relief of Geno Smith. Vick should get his chance to start the rest of the season and he has to do better than this to prolong his career.

Jordan Cameron- Cameron had his breakout game a few weeks ago and then proceeded to go back to looking like just another guy again. Cameron has a chance to cash in as a potential difference maker at the position, but he needs to do more than a few catches and not being very useful as a blocker when used on the line.

New Contract Disappointment Of The Week

Lamarr Houston- The biggest risk in free agency is how a player will react once they get paid big money and in the case of the Bears and Houston it looks like they grabbed the guy who stopped playing with the contract. The Bears defense has been a joke all season and nothing was more of a joke than Houston getting injured while celebrating a sack down by a billion points.  Houston has made no impact this season- that sack was just his first and he has only 11 tackles on the year. In his contract year he produced 69 tackles and 6 sacks.

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