With final cuts out of the way, the actual rosters of teams begin to take shape now that the short term injured reserve is available to teams to utilize. In order to potentially use short term IR teams had to carry players on the 53 man roster for a day until placing them on IR. With the IR lists now largely set I wanted to look at just how much teams are losing to the various reserve lists (IR, PUP, NFI, and Left squad) in week 1 of the season.
At the top of the list is the New York Jets with $33.27 million in contract value and $29.1M in cap room sitting on the sidelines. A good chunk of that is from Carl Lawson but they do also lead the NFL with 13 names. Alex Lewis and Jarrad Davis are the other bigger names for the Jets.
The Patriots come in at number 2 with just under $26M in contracts on reserve and just over $26M in cap space on reserve. Stefon Gilmore is the big name for New England. Gilmore is on the PUP list and unhappy with his contract. If he is unable to play this year expect more unhappiness as he will lose his free agent status in 2022.
The Packers rank number 3 and it is almost all for one player- David Bakhtiari- who makes up $23M of the $24.7M in contract charges. His cap number is much lower however so they are not top 3 in cap lost to the reserve lists. Rounding out the top 5 are Saints ($22M/$13M) and Steelers ($20M/$14M).
The healthiest team so far is the Chargers with just $1.39 million in contract value on reserve, well under the league average of $10.8 million. Buffalo is next with $2.75 million while the Texans have $3.4 million sidelined.
Here is the list as of September 2. This will change as settlements are reached in the coming days with players who do not fit into the future plans of teams and have minor injuries.
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.