Jason Fitzgerald

Jason is the founder of overthecap.com. Jason is considered an expert in NFL salary cap and contracts analysis and has consulted on many projects in the field of NFL contracts. He is a contributor to the Sporting News and has been interviewed by many news outlets to discuss contract related issues for specific teams and players.

Recent Posts by Jason

Thoughts on the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott

While I am certainly in the camp that believes it is foolish to heavily invest in a running back there is also the reality that it could happen in Dallas with Ezekiel Elliott. First round draft picks basically get one chance in five years to threaten a hold out and it seems Elliott may do it this year which makes this an interesting case to take a look at as Dallas comes off a playoff season that I am sure many credit to Elliot’s presence on the offense. With that in mind lets look at the financial risks for the Cowboys and why, if they do plan on extending him at some point, they should just do it now rather than waiting. (more…)

Thoughts on the Contract Impasse Between Melvin Gordon and the Chargers

With NFL training camp just a few weeks away we begin the period where more and more players begin to open up about the potential of holding out if they are not offered a new contract. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is the most recent on to state he will hold out and demand a trade if he does not receive a new contract. (more…)

Looking Ahead to the Vikings 2020 Salary Cap

Following the Vikings extension of tight end Kyle Rudolph a few days ago talk jumped to the Vikings salary cap situation in 2020. Currently the Vikings have in the ballpark of $213 million committed to 2020, the second highest total in the NFL (the Jaguars are at the top around $215 million) which sounded the offseason alarm among Vikings fans and some media outlets looking ahead for what was a non-playoff team in 2018 which did not exactly add a lot of new parts for this season. So let’s take a look and see if the panic is warranted. (more…)

Carson Wentz’ New Contract and the CBA

A few days ago the Eagles and Carson Wentz agreed to a reported $128 million contract extension that would potentially tie Wentz to the Eagles through the 2024 season. The contract became official either on June 10 or June 11 and the numbers began to trickle in via a series of tweets by ESPN’s Field Yates which has led to a bunch of confusion surrounding the contract. Yates later added more details as did MMQB’s Albert Breer who indicated that the contract was so complex his head hurt trying to figure it out.  With those details in mind (and knowing that the numbers may not be 100% accurate) I’d like to try to clear out most of the confusion surrounding the contract. (more…)

June 1 Salary Cap Rules are In Effect

The change in NFL accounting for the 2019 season is now official with June 1 officially in the books. For those not familiar with NFL salary cap accounting the league makes a distinction between the way they handle the salary cap charge for players released after June 1. For players released from multi year contracts all accelerated salary will now count towards the 2020 salary cap rather than 2019. In addition four teams used a June 1 designation on players this offseason and now those players will no longer count in full on their former team’s salary cap. Here is a quick look at the players and the cap space gained by the teams they used to play for. (more…)

Using Salary Data to Better Value NFL Draft Picks

Every now and then around draft time I try to do some type of look at the NFL draft and value of the players selected through some financial means and I decided to go back and do that again this year. This time around I wanted to look back at the first five years of the current CBA, which introduced the rookie wage scale, and look at some summary data that may help us place a better value on a draft pick. (more…)

The Cap Space Required to Sign Draft Picks

For whatever reason there seems to be a ton of confusion about the amount of cap room actually required to sign rookies following the draft so I wanted to put something together pretty quickly to maybe help clear that confusion. (more…)