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 fourth in the series, Bills and Dolphins and Patriots were up first.
Below is the current roster set at 513 players, for a total of $104,504,320. The guaranteed portion of that number is $57,695,544. The Jets have an actual $102,931,789 in active players, the remaining $1,572,531 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 Jets have $152,619,394 as a CAP number. $48,115,074 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 New York Jets were a bad football team in 2014, and you can clearly see one of the reasons. Former GM Idzik did clean the CAPO mess created by Tannenbaum, but subtracting without adding tends to lead to disasters. The flexibility here is incredible, especially if you consider that guys like Calvin Pace, Chris Johnson and Babin are as good as gone. Releasing these three would add $7,125,000 to the available CAP. If Maccagnan choses to release Percy Harvin, another 10.5M could be added. The Jets could be sitting on $65,740,074 of available money to spend.
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.