As we prepare for a new NFL year and Free Agency, beginning March 10th; this week we begin to look at our rosters and CAP ramifications. I will do this alphabetically, giving the Bills the honor to go first.
Below is the current roster set at 61 players, for a total of $118,063,668. The guaranteed portion of that number is $76,119,293. The Bills have an actual $114,712,850 in active players, the remaining $3,350,818 is Dead Money.
The 2014 CAP was set at $133M, the new is said to be anywhere between 140-150M, I will use $145M as a barometer. If we use $145, together with the allowed carry-over from 2014 the Bills have $147,647,907 as a 2015 CAP number. $29,584,239 available to spend this year.
Some Notes to think of: If the CAP goes up so will minimum salary, therefore all the players making $435K will also go up, taking some of the CAP room away.
All in all, I would say the Buffalo Bills have a decent CAP situation, and considering that the next 2-3 years will show huge CAP increases; contracts with deferred cap hits will be easier to do.
Reading and understanding the numbers is easy. The Cap number is how much the player counts towards the CAP in the upcoming season. The CAP savings is what the team saves in case the player is traded or cut. The Dead Money is the amount of money that still counts towards the CAP, even if that players is traded or cut.