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Schefter: 2014 cap rising 5% to 130 million (extra 7 million for us to spend)

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June 1 cut doesn't affect our cap space much. Could happen

 

yep.

 

there is some wierd option for 2014 that guarantees his base for the next couple years, but i think can be worked around.

 

here's the contract data from sportrac.

 

 

  • $23 million guaranteed (Signing Bonus, 2012-14 salaries + $2.5M of 2015 base)
  • 2014 Option Bonus: $6.785 million/ 4 years (if declined, becomes guaranteed 2014 salary)
  • $6 million is available through incentives based on 1,200-yard rushing seasons and 1,600 all-purpose yard seasons.
  • 2013 Restructure Bonus: $2.5 million/5 years
  • 2015 Workout Bonus: $250,000
  • 2016-17 Workout Bonus: $750,000

 

 

 

now his signing bonus was $9mil and has already been paid, but prorated so that theres 1.8mil per year that has to be accounted for on our cap. if we cut him loose, that protation accelerates and has to be accounted for all at once which would be 5.4mil, but that number would be cut down by some if he's a june 1 cut.

 

what i've got bolded up above is really interesting. he's got $5.5mil left on his contract that is incentive based. that number has to be accounted for in the cap, but it's money that we wouldn't be responsible for if he for some reason (like being hurt or cut or just not used much) didn't meet that criterion.

 

another intersting thing to me is that while his cap number is 5,496,250 the amount he actually affects the cap by years end is $3.3mil b/c there's no way that he rushes for 1200 yards or gets 1600 all purpose yards.

 

i don't know if his dead money number includes his incentive based numbers, but i know that his cap number has to reflect that.

 

one thing i also don't know is what exactly happens if we don't honor that option bonus that is due him this year. is all that we owe him that $6.785mil for the year or is it less than that because we've gone through one year. and if we don't honor that option and make that money his salary, does that free us up from any long term responsibility on the cap?

 

the more i look at this, the more convinced i am that i don't have a clue what is going on. i do think that there's a lot more available to us as an option than just the suck it up and keep him around at the current cap number or cut him loose and have to account for $18,185,000 of dead money on the cap this year. it's not as black and white as people are making it out to be.

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I do find it interesting that people want to use the extra money to dump both Williams and Stewart.  So who replaces them?  Barner?  Tolbert?  Maybe Tolbert, but for an entire season?  He'd have to lose that FB weight to run the ball 25+ times a game.  I don't think we jettison both at the same time.  At least a healthy Stewart is something we know.  Insert draft pick X isn't a workable formula.

 

Also, I think the bigger increase helps the case for keeping Hardy.  While Cam won't hold out, he's going to get taken care of by the team at some point.  I think Cam would like to have as much of that dominate D back to make his job easier.  Also, the prevailing "winds" from the NFL beat writers is that you don't let 25 year old pass rushers walk, ever.  Not in this NFL.  I will say, that doesn't sound terrible.

draft Sankey/Seastrunk.

 

 

...not that I believe Stewart would get cut.

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How much cap room would getting rid of those bad contracts eat up this year?

 

If the vote is between resigning Greg Hardy or releasing Stewart....I'm voting resign Hardy 10 out of 10.  Now if Stewart is a no go in training camp again fml. It would be hard for Stewart to live up to his contract but we all know he's capable of having a big season.  I've said this before, but don't be surprised if we draft a rb to have a younger, cheaper, and equally talented replacement available when the time comes to part ways.

 

Either way this extra cap room is an opportunity to sign our core have a good team and still have relief in two years when it's time to re up Kuechly.

 

My vote is to resign Greg,, bring in a wr,, keep our defensive backfield together and add a complimentary piece and ditto for the offensive line.

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Time to re-sign Cam and Hardy!

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You guys throw around the June 1st cut like its the most amazing salary cap saving ever. It is short term for teams who are in terrible shape. It basically pushes the problems into next year. If the guy has a dead money hit of 10 million and you cut him with the June 1st your still going to owe the 10 million but it is spread out over 2 years. 5 million just doesn't get erased like it never happened. 

 

Dead money is the same weather it is 10 million in 1 year or 5 mil this yr and 5 mil next yr. Sure it is nice to have flexibility when you need it but alot of people think its this magic thing that makes dead money go away. 

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Glorious news.

Huddle fap fest initiated.

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You guys throw around the June 1st cut like its the most amazing salary cap saving ever. It is short term for teams who are in terrible shape. It basically pushes the problems into next year. If the guy has a dead money hit of 10 million and you cut him with the June 1st your still going to owe the 10 million but it is spread out over 2 years. 5 million just doesn't get erased like it never happened.

Dead money is the same weather it is 10 million in 1 year or 5 mil this yr and 5 mil next yr. Sure it is nice to have flexibility when you need it but alot of people think its this magic thing that makes dead money go away.

^^^^ totally agree. And with how gettleman has spoken whenever asked he's signalled towards getting clear of the cap within two years all being well! Am I correct?, so I don't see him pushing it over a year to benefit this year because you basically just carry on poor money management whereas he wants a healthy cap with players signed to longer term deals and not have to worry about lots of FA in the offseason and cap mess.

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We get some extra space, and the first thing people suggest is to cut Stewart, and Williams, and immediately take on a massive cap hit, lol.

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But honestly this is some good news to start the off season. But 4 million for us still doesn't sound like a lot. Some saying invest in Hardy now. Which I agree we should or We just go ahead and use the extra 4 million and go ahead and dump Stewart and Dwill both. Here is the best solution. Keep Dwill and release Stewart and then sign Hardy to new contract and give Cam contract as well. Sign the guys we need and draft some good players and we are all set for the season.

Sign Gross, Gano, Mitchell, Wharton. Extend Cam, Godfrey take a pay cut, Franchise tag Hardy & trade for picks. Use all that money saved to fill every need by getting Tillman, Verner,Nicks,1 DT, & RT. use the Draft for the rest. Keep Stew since it does nothing to cut him & he might finally be healthy to help us out next year. DWill contract is fine. My genius plan! Could've gone into more detail by crunching the #s, but to lazy for that poo.

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