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Salary cap has an asterisk, or two

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Yes, the team-by-team unadjusted spending limit for 2013 will be $123 million.

But that number contains a few important caveats.

First, each team will have to have enough cap space to sign its rookies.  That number, per a source with knowledge of the calculations, will average roughly $4 million per team.

Second, anywhere from $2 million to $5 million per team will be devoted to restricted free agency tenders.

During the offseason, a team’s cap calculation is determined by the cap numbers of the 51 highest-paid players on the roster.  The number includes tender offers to franchise players and restricted free agents, but not free agents who have yet to agree to terms.

Every team must be in compliance with the 2013 salary cap by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12.  And there is no “or else”; it’s a mandatory requirement with which every team must comply.

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18 Responses to “Salary cap has an asterisk, or two”
  1. Iknoweverything says: Mar 1, 2013 9:51 PM

    The Patriots have a few asterisks also.

  2. funktron2x says: Mar 1, 2013 10:02 PM

    Ok… so we get the mandatory part… but there has to be an or else. what happens if a team doors not comply? probably something huge, but what?

  3. rosmith51 says: Mar 1, 2013 11:17 PM

    The last time this came up (in relation to the 49ers who for a while went with less than 53 on the roster) it was explained that the NFL would simply start auto-releasing players from the teams roster in reverse order from which they signed (even if that made the cap situation worse), until the the team was in compliance with the cap.

  4. icdogg says: Mar 1, 2013 11:25 PM

    “Ok… so we get the mandatory part… but there has to be an or else. what happens if a team doors not comply? probably something huge, but what?”

    Double-secret probation.

  5. shzastl says: Mar 2, 2013 12:52 AM

    Coach is automatically suspended for a year

  6. noeffinway says: Mar 2, 2013 1:17 AM

    To add to funtron2x’s questions, I thought last year I read a report that a team or two got an extension of sorts to the deadline for some reason……do I remember correctly? And if I do, what was that all about?

  7. delmonte55 says: Mar 2, 2013 1:58 AM

    Boring Post

  8. nzayir says: Mar 2, 2013 2:57 AM

    “The Patriots have a few asterisks also.”

    That’s funny, when I went to Patriot Place and saw the three shiny Lombardi Trophies that the Patriots won I didn’t see any. Must be in your imagination.

  9. stercuilus65 says: Mar 2, 2013 3:57 AM

    funktron2x I seem to remember the worse case being the NFL going in and voiding contracts and setting players free from the team.

  10. joetoronto says: Mar 2, 2013 4:39 AM

    Mike Brown, Clark Hunt and Shad Khan just threw up a little bit.

  11. fuglyflorio says: Mar 2, 2013 7:29 AM

    A lot of free agents are in for a disappointment. The money tree has dropped its leaves.

  12. dcsween says: Mar 2, 2013 7:44 AM

    There is no “or else” … the league will continue to approve contracts … and then a year or two later figure out whether going over the salary cap resulted in a competitive imbalance. Any team creating a competitive imbalance will be required to sign Albert Haynesworth.

  13. gonavybeatarmy says: Mar 2, 2013 7:47 AM

    So a team like the Redskins currently with 7 picks but none in the more costly first round (more costly even with the rookie cap) must allocate the same amount of cash to signing rookies as a team with a high first round pick or a team with two first round picks? That makes absolutely no sense. Perhaps a team values the much less expensive lower round picks and has a history of finding value there (Alfred Morris-6th round last year).

    The NFL time and time again seems to just randomly make up the rules as they go along without a lot of deep thought. In recent years the league has begun either acting like an illegal cartel or, worse, professional wrestling.

    Despite the ratings, the league is beginning to have a real credibility problem with a lot of knowledgable fans. The current commissioner, a lap dog of the Management Council, has zero gravitas and is generally an unimpressive figure. But that is exactly what a majority of the owners want- a tool.

  14. southcakpanther says: Mar 2, 2013 7:55 AM

    funktron2x says:
    Mar 1, 2013 10:02 PM
    Ok… so we get the mandatory part… but there has to be an or else. what happens if a team doors not comply? probably something huge, but what?
    ————–
    Oh, its huge for sure. Any team that doesn’t comply by the 12th will be forced by the NFL to trade my beloved Panthers 2nd round picks for Jimmy Clausen and Armanti Edwards and then start them at QB and WR1 for the 2013 season. Man, I get the chills just thinking about that punishment.

  15. billinva says: Mar 2, 2013 8:30 AM

    How are these “asterisk’s”?

    Sound like part of the cap to me.

  16. pallidrone says: Mar 2, 2013 8:53 AM

    gonavybeatarmy – Umm did you actually READ the story?

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    First, each team will have to have enough cap space to sign its rookies. That number, per a source with knowledge of the calculations, will average roughly $4 million per team.
    ————————————————————-

    Nowhere does it say that the cap space needed to sign rookies is the same for every team. It says that teams need to have ENOUGH cap space to sign rookies.

    What the Redskins need versus the Browns would be totally different.

  17. irishdawg42 says: Mar 2, 2013 11:10 AM

    gonavybeatarmy says: Mar 2, 2013 7:47 AM “So a team like the Redskins currently with 7 picks but none in the more costly first round (more costly even with the rookie cap) must allocate the same amount of cash to signing rookies as a team with a high first round pick or a team with two first round picks? That makes absolutely no sense. Perhaps a team values the much less expensive lower round picks and has a history of finding value there (Alfred Morris-6th round last year).”

    …To Gonavybeatarmy…

    No the “average” rookie salary cap will be $4M…But each teams allocation is actually given after the draft and is based on both the number of draft picks you made and from which round they came from…so a team with 4 draft picks made in the 2nd and later rounds might have a salary cap of say $2M, while a team with 8 draft picks, two of which occurred in the 1st round may have a salary cap of $8M…These numbers represent the 2013 salary cap BTW and the GMs can get creative, but are staying within guidelines to streamline the process of signing the rookie classes.

  18. blackngold4life says: Mar 7, 2013 11:49 AM

    Don’t matter..We’ll still be way over the cap. Maybe 1 less contract to restructure.

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