Adamjt13 emailed me and other amateur capologists on Saturday,April 1st.
"These figures might not include contracts finalized in the past couple of
days, and they include standard workout bonuses for only some players --
San Diego $19,466,169
Green Bay $19,016,905
New England $18,421,546
San Francisco $14,948,415
New York Jets $14,534,778
New Orleans $13,949,208
St. Louis $10,784,941
Tampa Bay $9,776,635
Kansas City $9,754,260
New York Giants $3,931,281
My take - What's amazing about these numbers is that the average team has close to 9.5 million in cap space (taking into consideration offseason workout bonus money) AFTER the free agency frenzy.
Please note that my numbers for the Pats includes offseason workout bonus money for all Patriots players that are NOT playing in the NFL Europe league.
Could backloaded contracts have something to do with that??
Thanks, I've been waiting for Clayton to update his but to no avail.
Not the best of news, I guess, with so much money sitting around. Hopefully we can get some of our own signed.
I will be fascinated to see how the Pats spend to the cap this year.
- Signing our own players long term.
- Making a trade for a Javon Walker type.
- Using the LTBE loophole to pass the money to next year.
One or more of those seems the only way. We can't come close signing Caldwells and Mitchells.
How very strange to see New England sitting high near the top of such a list!
Let's see... how many vet min contracts would that buy?
$400,000 exclusion, right? That means each vet contract would be $400,000 or so. So we can sign 47 guys.
Kraft's gonna start a new team!!! LMAO!!! :D
That cap money goes bye-bye real quick once you redo Seymour and Branch, take into account for inevitable injury pickups (say, 3 mill set aside?), sign your draft picks, and target a couple more free agents - my faves for these roles are Peerless Price and Brad Kassel. But it would be great to see a good deal of front-loading this year.
Imagine that - a good team AND a comfortable cap future.
That's an unprecidented amount of available money.
I'm going to make a prediction here: Agents of players under contract are going to continue to determine the FA value of thier clients (its in thier best interest) by breaking tampering rules. So, this year, there will be some big time hold outs and trades. Teams trying to extend thier own FAs are going to have to compete with fantom offers for players from other teams trying to improve thier rosters.
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