Last year, teams had until February 28 to decide whether to carry over unused salary cap space. This year, the deadline came two months early.
Per a source with knowledge of the schedule, teams had until December 29 to decide whether to shift remaining cap space to 2013. Thus, the numbers we posted last night reflect not the available carryover but the actual amounts that were carried over.
Ross Tucker has tweeted that the full amounts were carried over by every team. Last year, multiple teams opted to abandon unused 2011 cap space.
Of course, having the extra cap space and using it are two different things. If the Eagles, for example, opt not to spend their extra $23 million, they can carry that amount over to 2014 — and beyond.
But what about the minimum spending requirement that kicks in this year, you ask? That applies only to the unadjusted cap, which is expected to be roughly $121 million per team. The Eagles and no other team have any obligation to spend more than 89 percent (on a three-year rolling avergage) of the unadjusted cap.