I just wanted to draw everyone’s attention to a new feature on the site that you can find on the sidebar to the right where you can view my contract estimates for the upcoming NFL Draft. While none of these numbers will be perfect, and its entirely possible the NFL can change their formulas to meet the specifics of the CBA which will lower the numbers significantly, they hopefully can give you a guide as to what salary cap room your team will need just to sign rookies. If your team already has 51 players under contract the net effect on the cap, for the most part, will be the cap charge minus the salary of the player currently in the top 51 being replaced. A quick way to estimate it is to take the teams Year One Rookie Pool Allocation and subtract the number of picks multiplied by $405,000.
The 2013 Rookie Pool Estimates will give you team by team totals for the draft class, including this years rookie pool.
The Pick by Pick Cap Estimates will give you the breakdown from pick 1 down to 224 of what the contract and cap charges may look like.
In both links if you click on the name of the team it will take you to your teams rookie class breakdown so you can quickly see the individual breakdowns of your favorite team.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions about the methodology or note errors in any sheets. Once compensatory picks are awarded I will update accordingly.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.