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Nov 11

Introducing the Salary Cap Calculator (and myself)

Hi everyone! My name is Nick and I’ve long been a fan of football in general (and in particular, the Denver Broncos). Among several aspects that I enjoy following are the contracts and salary cap of the NFL, and in that vein it was wonderful when I discovered Over The Cap earlier in the year and came to appreciate the hard work that Jason has done to collect data for the entire league. I quickly realized that what was contained here could be a key piece to developing a tool that I had yearned for quite some time: a way to act as a fictional general manager and see what effect signings, cuts, restructures, and other transactions would have on a team’s existing roster, all in respect to the team’s salary cap.

Thanks to plenty of collaboration with Jason, I was able to bring my idea to fruition here on OTC via the Salary Cap Calculator. Using this tool, you will be able to see the outlook for the future of all 32 teams, including a listing of all contracted players, dead money, and pending free agents. Then, you will be able to execute transactions of your choice to see how the move impact’s the team’s cap situation.

It is my hope that the Salary Cap Calculator will continue the excellent efforts of OTC to demystify the complex workings of the NFL’s salary cap, and that fans of the league will learn and understand what teams have to do in order to build and manage successful rosters. It should also serve as some clarity when you hear media reports of when teams are in cap trouble, or why certain players are in danger of being cut. Since this tool is just now being released, as more people use it I will certainly appreciate any feedback on improvements or if there are any bugs that need ironing out.

You may visit the Salary Cap Calculator here.

My goal is to continue to find ways to improve the operation and resources of OTC, both up front and behind the scenes, to continue to further the mission of making this site the most comprehensive place to go for NFL contract and salary cap knowledge on the internet. I’m quite happy to be here to contribute!

  • http://thesportsbanter.blogspot.com/ MS

    This is great. Love the site and this makes it even better.

  • Desse

    Love it. I do have a few comments though.
    When you write 1,3m it sees it as 13m.

    And why can’t you undo the tag, when you can undo the contracts?:)

    But as I started to write, I love it. Simply love. I bet it will take up 50 of my hours in off-season:)

  • Troy Chapman

    Very very very cool. How are you figuring 2014 salary cap? Projected cap + projected carryover?

  • Seth Rohde

    Awesome

  • NW86

    Awesome work Nick, I love it! I’ve been doing this myself for years with Excel spreadsheets, but never had something this slick to work with. Not much time to play with it at work, but I do have 2 ideas:
    1. Put in a field that shows how many players you currently have signed for any given year. Once we’ve cut a few and added a few, we don’t know how many we are short of the magic 51 (or 53) without counting them.
    2. I realize this couldn’t be done until January, but since the new CBA has established prices for draft picks, once each team’s draft status is known, maybe you could put the projected salaries of their 2014 draft picks in there.

    I will spend a lot of time with this in the future!

  • Nick

    Thanks to everyone for the compliments.

    @Desse: I don’t think there is an easy way to resolve the difference between English and European decimal point, as the comma in the English system would represent a thousands separator.

    I also didn’t see which tag couldn’t be undone–did your player already sign the tender? : ) Feel free to use the contact form on the calculator with step by step details of went wrong if you still have problems.

    @NW86: I think both of these ideas are very good, especially #2, since many people don’t realize that teams have to set aside a small amount of cap space for their incoming rookies. I’ll need to coordinate with Jason to get the right numbers–and as you correctly noted, we have to wait until January (or February for the Super Bowl participants) to get the accurate numbers.

  • Calvin

    This is absolutely spectacular; unfortunately, it seems the best strategy for the Cowboys is to cut everyone and start anew…

  • Ken Leung

    when we do a june 1st cut scenario, there should be a clause stating that the cap saving post june 1st. as of right now, the salary of a june 1st cut player goes into the cap saving immediately. in reality, the salary doesn’t come off the cap until after june 1st. it is still very good calculator for analysis

    • Nick

      If you click on the June 1 Cut tab on the legend, you will see that I did make this disclaimer. I allow people to see the effect of a June 1 cut year round, as otherwise it would not be that informative.

      • Ken Leung

        thanks nick. i noticed when i do a june 1st cut in 2014 i see the dead money in 2014. however it is $0 in 2015. is that a bug?

  • Dwight

    Hello Nick,

    Love the site, use it a lot. Quick question about Tony Gonzalez’s contract. Did he cost the Falcon’s money by not retiring and having to be cut? I thought the dead money was going to be there regardless of him retiring or him getting cut.