Welcome to the redesigned Over The Cap

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When I discovered Over The Cap last year, I immediately appreciated all of the hard work that Jason put into providing outstanding information of NFL contracts and the salary cap. I soon realized how much more potential OTC has to further that goal. Given my common knowledge of how financials in the league work, as well as my knowledge on website building and database management, I’ve set out to help Jason make some of that potential reality. This new design is another step that I feel will work toward making OTC the premiere location to learn and understand how contracts and the cap work in the NFL.

The core of the redesign is the dashboard that I have introduced at the top of every page. This dashboard should make navigation to OTC’s features much easier, as well as adding a little power to them as well. Here are some aspects of particular note:
–You will see some familiar links on the red and blue bars on the top, such as total salary cap space, active contracts, free agency, the calculator, and more. Inside these links, you will find respective data that will be broken down in convenient views, such as tabbed yearly sections, or filters by team, position, and more.
–The player search box has been enhanced to make finding a player’s contract much quicker. Each player’s page contains his basic information, contract data, and financial comparisons.
–Each team has its own dedicated page; you will be first taken to see its year-by-year salary cap commitments and total player liabilities. Links on its bar will take you to team-specific versions of the site, ranging from its calculator to pending free agents and more.
–There are also dedicated pages for each position, in case you’re curious how players at a specific position financially compare to each other.

As this is a brand new design, there will inevitably be some kinks that need to be straightened out. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on how to fix or improve the new design. You may do so in the content section of this post, and you may use the contact form on the calculator if you prefer to reach me directly (I will soon place a copy of this form on the dashboard as well). Aspects in particular that would be good to hear about include:
–Any bugs in the tools or design that simply aren’t working as they should
–Opinions on the layout and managing navigation across the site
–Opinions on the visual and artistic feel of the design
–Suggestions for additional features in the future

I hope you enjoy the new design, and that it makes the upcoming 2014 NFL season even more enjoyable!

  • Chris

    Haven’t seen this else where yet, but for some reason on Hauschka’s page http://overthecap.com/player/steven-hauschka/2174/ there is different info in the sidebar and it is overlapping with the content.

    • Nick

      I noticed this earlier on some of the team pages–I believe this is a caching issue. I took a look at Hauschka’s page and it looked fine on my end. My hope is that this will be a temporary issue and will only be limited to devices that saw certain pages while I was still migrating.

      • Chris

        Yep just checked and refreshed a couple of times and it is looking good now and then I will see it on other pages and it will come and go…One thing I noticed was the “Dead Money & Cap Savings” selector on the players page. It seems to change the color of the field depending on which item was selected. This seems…unnecessary and took me a while to realize the colors mean nothing.

        You could probably get rid of that, or if you want to use colors there maybe use just two colors, one for negative cap savings and one for positive cap savings would be useful. Right now it is a distraction.

        Finally, getting into super nit-picky land: When you change the selector the column separator between the dead money / cap savings will move. Also sometimes the entire grid will resize (I think I saw this on Hauschka’s and Golden Tate’s). Would look a little slicker and smoother if the columns weren’t resizing when you changed the selector.

        • Nick

          The colors are actually based on the color scheme legend I use for the calculator. I’ll see if I can add a similar legend on that page as well. I adjusted the CSS to hopefully stop the columns from shifting–the math just needed to be added up properly there.

          • Chris

            Ahh..Ok. Hadn’t made it to the calculator yet, now I see how the colors are related.

            I forgot the most important part: I looks great! Runs nice, love the graphs, love switching teams and switching years so easily. At first I felt like it was too crowded, but as I run around the site I am loving how the information is there and I quick to to get and I don’t have to switch around a bunch and hunt for things.

            Really nice job, just so fast and clear to move around!

          • Nick

            Thanks for the compliments and feedback!

  • Ghoston

    I guess I can get used to it

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  • Darrell Smith

    Looks great. Damn fine site before, better now.

  • McGeorge

    I like the new format.

    I just hope you will still write about the Jets games on NYJets Cap

  • Matthew McNutt

    There are a couple of things that I find a little irritating with the new design:

    I like the guaranteed portion of a players contract being made available. I don’t like that it takes up another line in the rows. Is it possible to remove that italicized line and instead make it pop-up over your cursor if you roll your mouse over the number?

    Also, I really miss the sortable feature of the columns. When looking at a team’s salary cap situation, one of the things I enjoy is seeing who provides the most cap savings to the team. Of course, we can still see that but it’s more difficult when it’s not sorted.

    Thanks for listening!

  • Dwight

    Hey, like the new site, do you have a contact page that I just can’t find? Wanted to tell you guys that Tyson Jackson’s dead money numbers seem a little off. With 100 of players, not surprising, but couldn’t find a way to tell you about it.

    Thanks

    Dwight