Today the NFL Players Association announced the amount of salary cap from 2015 that teams can “carry over” to 2016. This number will be added to the 2016 NFL salary cap for each team once it is decided, and that will give them their official 2016 cap figure. So let’s take a look at the numbers!
Team – Amount Carrying Over
Jacksonville Jaguars – $32,774,928 Tennessee Titans – $20,783,801 Cleveland Browns – $20,734,144 Oakland Raiders – $13,373,617 San Francisco 49ers – $12,206,686 New York Giants – $11,193,231 Miami Dolphins – $9,137,544 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $7,987,748 Cincinnati Bengals – $7,587,902 Philadelphia Eagles – $7,255,362 Green Bay Packers -$6,953,847 Washington Redskins – $5,837,734 Indianapolis Colts – $4,950,629 Buffalo Bills – $4,467,331 Atlanta Falcons – $3,905,771 Carolina Panthers – $3,731,200 Dallas Cowboys – $3,571,239 Denver Broncos – $3,300,000* Arizona Cardinals – $3,031,663 Pittsburgh Steelers – $3,000,327 Kansas City Chiefs – $2,622,838 New York Jets – $2,484,216 San Diego Chargers – $2,287,176 Minnesota Vikings – $2,090,409 Houston Texans – $1,637,055 Baltimore Ravens – $1,633,944 New Orleans Saints – $1,400,000* New England Patriots – $1,347,882 Los Angeles Rams – $933,521* Chicago Bears – $867,589 Detroit Lions – $862,191 Seattle Seahawks – $11,587 3 teams decided to leave some money on the table. Denver, New Orleans and the newly minted LA Rams did not carry over the full amount. Why? Who knows. The first thing that jumps of the page is just how much money bad teams haven’t been spending. $32 million is a lot for the Jaguars to keep in their pockets. Of course it’s not always easy for bad teams to spend their money, or wise. Veterans don’t want to go somewhere they won’t win, and large free agent deals often end up badly for the teams who hand them out. If you’re a general manager who doesn’t think they can compete then why hand out $60-$100 million contracts to aging players when the rest of the squad isn’t ready? However that mindset will have to change for some teams. Over the 4 year period of 2013-2016 teams are required to spend 95% of their total cap over that period. This means that we can expect some large offers in free agency to the likes of Kelechi Osemele, Danny Trevathan and Malik Jackson from bad teams. Good players, but not ones you would expect to be among the best paid players in a given year. With this much extra money in the pot, plus those cap wizards who can somehow create space where there seems to be none, it should be a lively and spectacular free agency period