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ESPN: Offseason financial health-Cowboys greatest dead and least committed money to date

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by jobberone, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Inside Slant: Offseason financial health
    June, 11, 2014
    By Kevin Seifert

    With the exception of a few unsigned draft choices, the business of the 2014 NFL offseason is largely complete. Now, then, is a good time to assess where teams are heading into the season, how much flexibility they will have for fall additions/contract extensions and what -- if anything -- might be holding them back.

    The big chart at the bottom of this post, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, is organized by current salary-cap space. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the most ($28.5 million) and the Detroit Lions -- who are trying to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a cap-friendly extension -- have the least ($1.1 million).

    The chart also carries two other relevant pieces of information: The amount of dead money each team has absorbed for 2014, and the amount of committed cash as of this week. Dead money is the total amount of cap space devoted to players no longer on the roster; committed cash is the amount of money each team will pay its players this season. The latter is important, in part, because the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) requires each team to spend 89 percent of its cap space in cash over a four-year period.

    The other chart lists the 10 players whose terminated contracts are most impacting their former teams via dead money. In no particular order, let's run through some highlights and other observations of this material:

  2. bark

    bark Well-Known Member

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    Better shape than we've been in the past
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  3. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    shouldn't the cap space + dead money + committed cash add up to the same number for every team?
  4. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Need the cap space to work deals for Tyron and Dez.
  5. Nation

    Nation Well-Known Member

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    Highest Dead Money total with the lowest actual money paid out. Jerry's past blunders are keeping him in minks.
  6. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Jerreh's a cheapskate.
  7. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    No. CC is a separate calculation from Cap space.

    Contract example:
    5 Year, 20M signing bonus, 4M per year base, 8M cap hit each year
    To make the example easy, it is exactly the same base and cap hit each year.

    Year 1 through 5 cap hits are 8M

    Year 1 CC is 24M
    Year 2 through 5 CC is 4M

    As you can see CC does not track with cap space.

    Looking at a teams total CC for 1the year is basically meaningless. It's high if a lot of bonuses were paid that year and low if not.
  8. Toruk_Makto

    Toruk_Makto Well-Known Member

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    We are in good shape going forward on the Salary Cap front.

    So much for being in Salary cap hell.

    I also still laugh at everyone who thinks that we might lose Tyron or Dez.
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  9. DC Cowboy

    DC Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    Please don't sign any over priced FA and pay our home grown talent. continue to draft well and know when to release players.
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  10. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    I think it is once again important to note that the cap penalty that Mara screwed us on is the reason for this disparity.

    Well now the Miles Austin chicken has come to roost and we can move on.
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  11. 12+88=7

    12+88=7 Member

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    Writer is mistaken when he says Dallas cut Ware to get under the cap.

    Dallas was already under the cap when they cut Ware.
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  12. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    cap, schmap

    they can do what they want (basically)...they got rid of aging vets that aren't living up to their deals...finally making smarter decisions....

    next up to sign: Dez
    After that: Ty (but they have a while on that since they have him through year 5)
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  13. ErikWilliamsHeadSlap

    ErikWilliamsHeadSlap Well-Known Member

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    It's also 33 million currently not in use for players right now. Detroit has about 2 million meaning they are using all their resources they can for the upcoming season. And they are as successful in today's game as we are which shows they are many ways to fail in the current NFL.
  14. Awakened

    Awakened the Dude abides

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    Still kinda shocking to see Dallas has the lowest committed cash figure in the NFL. I guess if they sign Dez to a new contract before the season begins, that figure will change significantly.
  15. Reverend Conehead

    Reverend Conehead Well-Known Member

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    I still want to punch the NFL for fining the team for a so-called salary cap violation in an un-capped year, and I want to wallop Jay Ratliff for his fraud. He shouldn't be allowed to play for any team in the NFL and he should be owed not one red cent by the Cowboys.
  16. bkight13

    bkight13 Capologist

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    It's all just accounting tricks. No one was complaining when Ware had cap numbers around 6-8m during his prime. Romo will have a lot of dead money when he retires, but they have saved 5-10m on his cap charges for 3-5 years. Better to pay later when the cap is higher.
  17. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Anyone know how much dead money we have for next year? It's around here somewhere but I can't find it.
  18. Disturbed

    Disturbed A Mere Flesh Wound

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    The Cowboys managed this offseason (in terms of finances) better than most in recent memory. To really get a picture of salary cap health, you would need to look at multiple years and not just the current one. When a team misses on a big contract it can hurt a team for many years -- Cowboys have done this as much as anyone it seems. I think of all the FA or older players signed to big deals and the salary cap issues and our mediocracy makes more sense.

    I agree with the posters who say build through the draft. Stay away from older expensive FA or signing older declining players.
  19. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't that just be Austin's money?
  20. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    At this point I believe that is correct.

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