Initial 2014 NFL Rookie Pool Estimates


With the 2014 salary cap season less than a month away one of the big questions I get in regards to salary cap space is how much set aside do teams need for their rookies. So here are my first estimates for money that will be spent on rookies in 2014, under the assumption that the Ravens win the coin toss against the Cowboys. Currently there are no compensatory picks awarded or included in these estimates, but the estimates do include trades made over the last year

The chart gives four categories to view. The Year One Pool is the cap allocation given to the team in 2014. The Cap Space Required column shows you how much cap space a team needs to set aside for rookies assuming that the team has 51 players under contract and all bottom players count for $420,000 against the salary cap.These numbers are not accurate for the Dolphins, Ravens, and Bears, each of whom has less than 51 contracted players so they will require more cap room to sign their rookies than the cap space listed. .

Signing bonus allocations are the immediate cash that a team will likely need to use to sign their rookies. The total cap estimate is what it will cost the team in cap dollars to keep the players for four years not including the “proven performance escalator” that
is available for rookies selected in rounds 3-7.

As of now the team that looks to have the largest rookie pool will be the Cleveland Browns with $9.6 million in expected charges. They are closely followed by the Rams whose rookie class should count for $9.48 million. The Rams will require the most cap space of any team in the NFL with $5.7 million in cap room being required to actually sign their rookies. The team with the most selections is the 49ers with 11 followed by the Browns and Jaguars with 10 each.

Because they traded their first round draft pick the Colts look to have the smallest pool for rookies at $2.549 million. Those five picks will only require $450,000 in cap room to be signed. The Ravens have the least amount of draft picks with 4, while the Colts and Buccaneers have 5.

I’ll link the charts on the right side features menu as a permanent feature through the summer. You can view either pick by pick for the entire draft or team breakdowns, like in the chart below. Clicking on a team in the chart will take you to that teams individual draft pick estimates.

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TeamPicksYear One PoolCap Space RequiredSigning Bonus
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