Introducing the OTC Salary Cap Transaction Table

With many of our favorite teams out of the playoff chase and fully in preparation for 2016 free agency obviously the salary cap becomes a big topic of conversation for many teams. While we have our team calculators to help manage the entire roster and also pair with fanspeak to help run a free agency simulator, we thought having a reference table for all players under contract who have cap charges in excess of $4 million would be a huge help when discussing moves that involve one specific player and laying out most options for a specific contract. So Nick was able to put this together to help everyone out in the prep for free agency.

So how do you read the tables? Let me break it down.

The first three columns are self explanatory. It is the players name, his current team, and his salary cap figure for 2016.

The next three columns show what cap space would be gained or lost by removing the player from the roster. The three ways to remove a player from the roster are to release him outright, designate him a June 1 cut, or to trade him to another team. So for Jay Cutler of the Bears they would gain $4 million in cap room by cutting him, $6 million if they designated him a June 1 cut, and $14 million if they traded him.

The final two columns show the two ways teams can keep the player on the roster and save cap space without really negotiating a new contract. The first column is a restructure, which is simply converting their salary to a signing bonus and prorating it over the life of their contract. The second is an extension which is effectively what the savings would be if the team added the maximum number of years to a contract so they can prorate the current salary over the maximum number of years. In essence this would be like adding voidable contract years. So for Drew Brees there is $0 that can be gained in a restructure because this is the final year of his current contract, but if they added four more years on to his contract they could save over $15.2 million.

The table columns I believe sort if you click on them and I will link the table up to one of our menus through the start of the new League Year.

View the OTC Transactions Table

  • McGeorge

    Chip Kelly managed to do some cap damage in his one year as GM.
    The total damage he did in 1 year will take at least 2 years to recover from, assuming the Eagles draft well.
    The Saints should have no problem with Brees contract. They need to rebuild so should cut other players. They need to take for a couple of years anyway.

    • Ghoston

      What are you talking about with carryover and projected cap hits the Eagles will have over 25 mil in cap space without cutting anyone.

      • McGeorge

        Did you read Jasons article?
        He talked about 2 underachieving Eagles.
        If they didn’t have to pay them, they’d have an extra 14MM available, and that’s a lot.
        That would get a Bradford deal done. Even if you aren’t a fan of Bradford, it would give them a QB for the next few years, other than Mark Sanchez.

        • Ghoston

          Well the Eagles have to do a couple things. figure out a gm, then a coach. I think 50% of the league thinks Bradford is a starter. they are fine with the cap even if they resign him. bradford is the only free agent of theirs that matters. They have a lot of older players that have 0 guarantees on their contracts that they can just cut in 2016 and 2017. They are in good cap shape, look at the numbers.

          • McGeorge

            I’ll bet you they are very unhappy with the DeMarco Muray and Byron Maxwell contracts.
            Thats wasted cap money that they could otherwise have rolled forward.
            They may have cap money available because they let some players walk, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to waste an extra 51-20 for a couple of years. If you can roll that for a few years, that greatly eases signing a QB or other young players a team develops.

            Chip screwed them.

          • Ghoston

            How did that screw them. It will be unused anyways. You think they will spend 40 mil in free agency in 2016 and another 60 mil in 2017. The cap is rising fast. It’s going to be around 154 in 2016 and in 2017 170…… Time for some short term contracts.

          • McGeorge

            What don’t you understand? The Eagles (Chip) wasted money on DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell, that a real GM would not have wasted. The Eagles would be better off with that money. Do you find that hard to understand? That money can be rolled forward for future needs. They may want to keep Bradford and that would make it easy to do so, even if they over paid him a little.

          • McGeorge

            Its always good to have an extra 15MM in cap space you can roll forward. There may be worthwhile free agents available, such as a decent OLineman. The Eagles would benefit a lot more from a solid OLineman, than having DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell.