How are we going to address our DE, CB, and OT positions combined with resigning Luke, and dealing with CJ? That's pretty much all I'm worried about. We'll also need to find another complimentary receiver and some decent safeties. We might draft another wr, but it's more likely that we take a chance on one later in the draft which is hardly comforting. Like any team I don't really expect us to be able to fill all the holes on our roster, but most would be nice.
If we don't sign Hardy long term there is 13 million we free up. Combine that with the 18 million in dead cap space this year which goes down to 4 million next year or possibly 7 million if there is any left over on Godfrey for a June 1st cut and you have at least 24 million. Then look at CJ's cap number of 19 million next year and his production so far and we know he will either restructure or be gone. and you have potentially 40 million to play with. Now remember than when you sign someone long term they get almost no money in salary year 1 because they get a big signing bonus so their cap hit in year 1 is usually small since the signing bonus gets prorated. Usually year 2 is relatively manageable as well. So it isn't until year 3 that contracts for guys like Cam or Kuechly get big. Then you have the option to restructure and turn some of the salary into another signing bonus so again it is manageable.
So honestly with the cap going up the next several years it won't be that tough. What is killing us now is all the guaranteed contract and restructures we made to keep things afloat the past 2 years which have created dead cap space that is enormous for guys like Beason that were hurt and are gone. Then you have guys like Stewart that you can't cut and they don't stay healthy.