Earlier today, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that the Redskins opted not to carry over $1.3 million in cap space. That was news to the Redskins.
Per a source with knowledge of the NFL’s calculations, the Redskins had no extra cap space in 2013. They actually ended up over the cap by $834,732, based on the computation of so-called “not likely to be earned incentives.”
As a result, Washington’s cap for 2014 is $132,165,268, down from the $133 million available to every team.
Pelissero’s report presumably was based on the NFLPA’s calculations, which often differ from the NFL’s numbers. For these purposes, the NFL’s figures are the rock, and the NFLPA’s are the scissors.
The Giants and Rams, also reported by Pelissero to have cap space that wasn’t carried over, also ended up over the cap due to incentives that are paid in one year and charged to the cap the next.