Current NFL Salary Cap Figures
Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:45 PM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:18 PM
I was thinking about 2013 rookies not 2012.
But either way your statement is not correct either for last year or prospective rookies.
Here is how it works.
Rule of 51...
Each NFL club has a different rookie salary pool based upon the number of draft picks the team has and the position of those picks. Teams with more picks and higher picks have larger salary pools than teams with fewer and/or lower picks in the draft.
As in past years, the rookie salary pool counts ONLY the base salary, pro-rated signing bonus and “likely-to-be earned” incentives (such as roster bonuses) earned in a player’s rookie season.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:14 PM
A few weeks ago I was also under the wrong impression that rookie salaries had a separate pool that didnt count against the cap. But I did some research and found basically what the post above said. The article you linked is from 2010, before the new CBA, so I'd guess the other article is more relevant.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:46 PM
The rookie pool is a limit on how much teams can spend on their rookies. It really has nothing to do with the salary cap.
Until rookies are signed (for draft picks, typically just before the start of camp), they are counted against the teams salary cap at the rookie minimum salary. Once their deal is signed, their salary hits the cap just like a veteran's. Signing bonus are pro-rated just like everyone else's and the salaries count just like everyone else's. So no, rookies are not excluded from the team's overall salary cap. We'll need 4 million or so of cap space before the beginning of the season to fit our rookies in.
The rookie pool allocated to each team just limits how much teams can spend on rookies. Nothing more. It doesn't mean that a team does not have to fit rookies under the team's overall cap.
As to the rule of 51, since rookies count at minimum until their contract is signed, they have no immediate impact on the team's salary cap unless the team has less than 51 players under contract.
Condensed version...rookies count against the cap just like everyone else, but due to technicalities in the CBA, they have no impact on the team's cap until late summer.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:03 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:33 AM
Cutting Gamble gives us $7.9M in cap space
DWill as a June 1st cut gives us $4.75M
Putting us $9,024,932 under the cap
These moves also give us an extra $11.4M in cap space for 2014 while restructuring would do the opposite (increase their cap hits for future years).
This needs to happen. Like last week.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:39 AM
yeah it's weird... every year we figure out the cap space, add a plethora of quality free agents, put together an excellent championship quality team and field a legitimate title contending roster... I don't know why people are complaining?
Because adding a plethora of quality free agents is a sure path to a championship, just ask the Eagles.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:57 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:21 PM
Does this include the extra space we get from moving cap space from previous years into this year? It's a loophole that is talked about very little but I think we can get under the cap with it alone.
Yes, it includes the 3.6 million roll over from 2012.