Dear Fellow Buffalo Bills Fans:
I like numbers. I don't know the salary cap rules exactly. I do know that many Bills fans are curious about cap numbers(OverdueBillsFan being one of them). I also have found that I enjoy writing on rumblings. Without further adieu, I will present the Bills cap situation as best I can.
1. On Tuesday March 12th all NFL teams need to be under the salary cap by 4pm. The projected cap number is around $123 million. Sorry to the Redskins and Cowboys fans for being held hostage(collusion?revenge for SB's?).
2. Teams are allowed to carry over unused cap space from the 2012 season. The Bills have chosen to carry over $9.8 million.
3. Dead Money - I am not entirely clear on how this works with June 1st designations(maybe someone can help me out?). But the Bills currently have $5,358,705 in dead space.
The Bills 2013 Salary Cap = 123 + 9.8 = $132.8 million
The Bills top 51 players salary = $100,307,609
Plus Dead Money = $105,666,314
2013 Projected Salary Cap Room = $27,133,686 (YAY!!!!!! Let's go Shopping!!!)
OverdueBillsFan asked for a breakdown by position and such, so here it is :
Offense : $52,206,072 ( 39.3%) - 26 players
QB : $12,700,000 ( 9.56%) - 2 players
WR : $11,517,813 ( 8.67%) - 6 players
RB : $8,741,250 ( 6.58%) - 2 players
TE : $4,188,934 ( 3.15%) - 3 players
OL : $15,058,075 ( 11.34%) - 13 players
Defense : $43,558,871 ( 32.8%) - 22 players
DL : $32,055,878 ( 24.14%) - 9 players
LB : $3,829,166 ( 2.88%) - 5 players
DB : $7,673,827 ( 5.78%) - 8 players
Special Teams : $4,542,666 (3.4%) - 3 players
K : $3,000,000 ( 2.26%) - 1 player
LS : $1,061,666 ( 0.80%) - 1 player
P : $481000 ( 0.36%) - 1 player
Dead Space : $5,358,705 ( 4.0%) - 11 players
Unused Space : $27,133,686 ( 20.4%)
Rookies : $5,180,294 ( 3.9%) - 6 players
Perhaps in a future post I will provide an analysis of these players and potential cuts. For now I would like to hear your thoughts and if you find any mistakes in my numbers, please correct me. As you can see above, after rookies are accounted for, we are left with roughly $22 million to spend as of now.....
References for those of you interested :
Thanks for reading and I look forward to your thoughts!