Originally Posted by da_boyz_mk
Does all the dead money go away after this year or is it spread out depending on the player?
I believe it depends on the individual players' contracts, as well as when they are officially let go.
With over $2 mil in cap space, they have enough, then, to sign all of their draft picks prior to June, if they choose, without having to redo any other contracts, and could then use the money that frees up after June 2nd (for Newman) to either sign lower tier free agents to plug any remaining holes or extend an existing contract. I know they usually wait until training camp to do that, though, so the $2 mil could also be used to bring in a mid-tier free agent to fill any glaring holes immediately following the draft, and then use the money freed up from Newman contract to sign draft picks. Good stuff.
I do have one question, Adam. I noticed that both Brooking and Kitna have dead money showing on this list, but both of their contracts ended this past season. Does the dead money still count because of bonuses and/or escalator clauses that stretch into this year's cap (after the contract is completed) or what?