We continue our offseason guide to OTC with a look at the team salary cap pages. These are a must bookmark if you want to get a better picture of your overall team and salary cap commitments. The team salary cap page is a current snapshot of the estimated cap charges for every player on the roster as well as what a team could save (or lose) in cap room by releasing a player. To reach a team’s cap page simply click on the team in the top menu that you want to view and bookmark your favorite team so you can quickly get back to it during this busy time.
At the top of each page you will see the teams estimated cap spending, spending on offense, defense, and special teams, the teams adjusted salary cap limit and their salary cap space. During the offseason we use the top 51 number for the calculations and once the regular season begins it switches to the top 53.
The contracted player table lists all players who are on the roster. The columns after the player names breaks down various items about a player’s salary. The base salary is the salary a player earns during the regular season. Underneath that number is the players guaranteed salary for the year. In some cases this is higher than the base salary to account for any roster bonuses that have been guaranteed or paid.
The bonuses columns break down different types of bonus payments. The prorated column is the sum of all prorated bonus money (i.e. signing bonus, option bonus) that counts towards a cap number. Roster bonuses include both offseason and per game roster bonus totals and reporting bonuses. Workouts are the amounts that players are earned if they participate in the offseason workout program. Other bonuses are incentives or other bonuses that count on the cap but don’t fit in any category.
The Cap Number column is the salary cap charge for the player. In general it is the sum of all the prior columns with a few adjustments made.
The final two columns present the dead money and cap savings if the player is released prior to June 1. At the top of those columns there is an option to change the type of transaction to post June 1 or to a trade. This will change the figures to show you how much would be saved on the cap in the current season if the transaction is changed.
On the right hand side of the active player table (or underneath it if on mobile) you will see a table for dead money. These are the charges for players who are no longer on the team or had a prior contract terminated before re-signing with the team. We do not show all of the players due to data that is taken from the site so that is why the total is different than the sum of the individual players that are listed.
Clicking on each tab will take you to a future year for the team and how their cap looks for that season.
We attempt to do roster updates each day but since there is a delay in contract numbers sometimes being reported and a contract being signed the charts are a snapshot in time for the data that we have. If you see any errors or have any other information please contact us to let us know and we’ll 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.