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. This is the second in the series, Bills were up first, Patriots and Jets to follow.
Below is the current roster set at 58 players, for a total of $149,181,177. The guaranteed portion of that number is $82,016,487. The Dolphins have an actual $148,900,635 in active players, the remaining $280,542 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, the Dolphins have $152,770,411 as a 2015 CAP number. $3,589,234 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.
The Miami Dolphins have a mess to fix thanks to GM Ireland. The good news is that they have done a better job of keeping the “Dead Money” under control, than all of the other teams. However, that number will go up drastically as moves are made to get under the CAP.
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.