Originally Posted by Hoofbite
One thing I wanted to mention above but the post got long was the idea of cap "savings". I dunno why but the word "save" just kind of seems a little less appropriate than say, "avoidance".
He must be replaced by someone and presumably if they're wanting the type of play that they expected for him they're going to have to pay for it.
In Free's case, you could probably get equal play from Parnell and just draft a guy to be the backup so I suppose the term "save" is probably as accurate as it gets.
But more generally the term "save" seems a little less applicable. There's threads every year, "how much do we save but cutting...[insert name]" and many times while the player may be underperforming the cost of getting an equal player for a contract more reflective of play would result in additional cap charges when combined with the cut player's accelerated money.
[View Full Quote]I dunno, just kind of one of those things you see and cringe a little. Pet peeve, I guess. Like I said, Free's play was so poor that the team could probably just cut him and go with what they've got and not really have to worry about replacing his production.
I understand why we say it. I've said it numerous times before because it's simple and represents the gist of the effect but as I have sort of navigated into cap waters over the last couple seasons, I've kind of started to view it as more of an "avoidance" of cap charges and there are certainly times when it wouldn't be "saving" at all but just the opposite.
Just a random thought. Not really meant to single you out so I hope you don't take offense to it.
Actually something I was thinking about with Austin's contract. Cap number of 8.3M and bonus money of 4.5 left to account for. I have zero doubt that someone will ask what it might "save" to cut him at some point during the offseason and this would be a scenario where you just won't get an equal player for the difference. Probably won't even come close. Like Miles or not (I personally am a little annoyed with right now but there's no way you cut the guy when he can produce at a level well above his cap figure for the next 3 seasons.), you aren't getting equal play for a cap figure of 4M unless you backload that contract, which is something I've recently become more opposed to. If 4M in cap charges won't get you Laurent Robinson last offseason, it sure isn't getting you Miles Austin this year.
I get what you are saying. In the end you have to pay the piper at some point. If Sportrac is right and that is a big if then we don't have much in terms of dead money next year. Leonard Davis was two years ago and Marion Barber and Terrence Newman counted last year but if you remember the guys we cut were not June 1 designations. We just ate the prorations. Their cap hits are gone.
There are guys we cut this year like McGee and the rookies but its not all that much ie $40k here and there. But we have surprisingly little dead money to begin with. Not like a few years ago where it was $10s of millions.
Eating the prorations last year was huge. We just have a lot guys that had big AAV this year. It really seems to me if I am at all accurate that they prepared for this year and we will be fine if not big players.
Its all based on sportrac and napkin math but that is my take.