About

Welcome to Overthecap.com and what I hope to be the most comprehensive NFL contract and salary cap website on the web. For those of you who are not familiar with my work, I founded Nyjetscap.com in 2008, a site devoted to tracking the salary cap of the New York Jets. The site grew from a chart with some contract data to a well respected and accurate portrayal of the Jets salary cap. Eventually I decided to branch out and cover the entire AFC East which gave me the idea that maybe I could expand things to broader coverage of the NFL.

The salary cap is a difficult thing to track and the contract information that you will see on the site is my best attempt at presenting the contracts of the NFL players.While I will always strive to be as accurate as possible there will always be mistakes along the way so I hope you understand that if sourcing any data from the website. Any corrections or tips are always appreciated, no matter how big or how small they may be. For the foreseeable future I’ll be working through the top positional players based on playing time.

For the most part I will try to connect you all with various articles published online, with my own thoughts on some of them, that deal strictly with contracts and potential negotiations in the NFL. There will also be plenty of original content on the site dealing with contract analysis, player valuations, statistical analysis and more. Those articles have been some of the most popular features on my other site and feel free to go there and look in the articles sections to see some of the contract work that I do. My work has been quoted in multiple blogs and news outlets and Ive also been contacted by agents in the league to discuss some of the work on the site. For the most part I try to take a more business approach to the contract valuations looking at comparable players, marginal contributions, and forecasting of career length.

And no Ive never worked in the NFL or as an agent. I’m just a big fan of the sport, particularly the Jets, that posted on message boards and really fell in love with the business side of the league. There are a number of amateur capologists out there that do an excellent job with the salary cap for their respective teams and hopefully you will find this to be one of those sites over time. Eventually this site will be filled with data, so keep checking back to see the status of the site.

  • patfanken

    Jason, I’m a big fan, but I have a suggestion. You are missing 2 huge aspect that fans are looking for. One is the current number under the cap. Second is what the player’s cap number is for the current year.

  • Marc

    Just posted a reference to your work on ESPN regarding an WPI study that just came out.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/conversations/_/id/9214247/study-shows-more-value-2nd-round-picks-1st-rounders

    • http://www.nyjetscap.com/ Jason Fitzgerald

      Thanks Marc. Im actually well aware of the study and my financial work is actually referenced in their paper. Its interesting stuff

  • http://twitter.com/2ndclarence CJ Baldwin

    On the pick by pick chart…is that signing bonus figure for each individual player over the life of the contract or an upfront bonus they’d receive in upon signing? It sounds dumb, but I’m a bit conflicted with that chart versus the rookie pool since there seems to be less money needed to dole out signing bonuses to all of the draftees. Thanks

    • http://www.nyjetscap.com/ Jason Fitzgerald

      Hi CJ. The signing bonus is more or less money paid out upfront(sometimes actually paid in installments over the year, but for the most part we just consider them up front). That money is then prorated over the life of the contract. year a cap charge for a player with a $4 million dollar bonus would equal:

      $405,000 (base salary) + $1,000,000 ($4 million SB/4 years) = $1,405,000

      So for The Total Value is the sum of the signing bonus, yearly salaries, and other bonuses that may be in the contract. The rookie pool is the sum of those Year 1 cap hits which is why they are smaller than the signing bonuses. Hopefully that clears it up a little but feel free to email and I can maybe explain a bit better.

  • rhoneyman

    good stuff, jason. thanks for the effort.

  • JC

    Hello, This looks like a great site. I could use a glossary for terms like dead money etc perhaps using some examples like Bob makes 10 million with 5 million in dead money. Does this mean if the team cuts him they are on the hook for 5 million under the cap and 10 million to him or what.

  • Adam Prasifka

    Jason, If we notice some contract #’s that are incorrect is there an email address that you can be contacted at?

    • http://www.nyjetscap.com/ Jason Fitzgerald

      Sure Adam. My contact info is listed above but jason@overthecap.com will work. Its always a huge help for me whenever I can get any aid in making sure the details are correct.

  • Steve Silverman

    Jason… do you have contract information from past years, or do you have any suggestions where to go to get those numbers? Thanks

  • Anthony Dunn

    Love the site. I use it a lot. I am having trouble hunting down the answer to a cap question on the net. If you tag a player, does the salary count against the ca? For example, if the Panthers franchised tagged Greg Hardy, would the 12.4 million count against the cap? I’ve seen conflicting stuff on this.

    • http://www.nyjetscap.com/ Jason Fitzgerald

      Yes it immediately hits the cap as soon as the franchise tag designation is made. So will any restricted or exclusive rights tenders. So you need the cap space in order to tag a player

  • Jacapo Evony

    Jason, nice site and looking over the numbers, it looks like Miami, Jets and Colts will be having a nice time spending some money and picking up some Bronco and Seahawk players.

  • mohamed

    Should leagues impose salary caps for athletes in the NFL?

  • Brian Butler

    Great site. I have a question about the Patriots. Will they get cap relief due to AaronH off the field problems. His problems are detrimental to the team and franchise. I would think in his contract there is something relating to not just him but any player. Thank you and again great website!

    • http://www.nyjetscap.com/ Jason Fitzgerald

      Likely they will not. They are, I believe, in the grievance process over his contract. If you poke around the site you can probably find some articles on it. What the Patriots needed to do, in order to guarantee cap relief, was keep him under contract while he was in jail. By releasing him before that technically he did not violate terms of his contract that would force him to pay back bonus money or not receive salary.

  • Robert Roy

    Why is Carlos Rogers still listed as a 49er on your Cap List? You also have him listed (correctly) as a Raider.

    • http://www.nyjetscap.com/ Jason Fitzgerald

      The 49ers designated Rogers a June 1 cut. What that means is his full salary cap charge remains on the 2014 roster until June 2. At that time he moves to dead money and just his prorated bonus from 2014 counts versus the cap with the balance counting in 2015.

      • Robert Roy

        Thanks.