Broncos, Rams, Saints opt not to carry over all cap space

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Before the 2011 CBA, teams had to engage in creative accounting to carry over unused cap space from one year to the next. With the current labor deal, the NFL Players Association realized that it’s in the union’s best interests to make it easy for any team to automatically bump unused space from one cap year to the next.

The NFL Players Association has announced the amounts carried over by each team, with this curious notation: the Broncos, Rams, and Saints opted not to carry over all of their remaining cap space.

It’s not known how much wasn’t carried over, or why. (We’re trying to find out answers to both.)

Here are the amounts carried over, from least to most:

Seahawks: $11,587.

Rams: $933,521.

Lions: $862,191.

Bears: $867,589.

Patriots: $1.347 million.

Saints: $1.4 million.

Ravens: $1.633 million.

Texans: $1.637 million.

Vikings: $2.090 million.

Jets: $2.484 million.

Chiefs: $2.622 million.

Chargers: $2.287 million.

Steelers: $3.00 million.

Cardinals: $3.031 million.

Broncos: $3.30 million.

Cowboys: $3.571 million.

Panthers: $3.731 million.

Falcons: $3.905 million.

Bills: $4.467 million.

Colts: $4.950 million.

Washington: $5.837 million.

Packers: $6.953 million.

Eagles: $7.255 million.

Bengals: $7.587 million.

Buccaneers: $7.987 million.

Dolphins: $9.137 million.

Giants: $11.193 million.

49ers: $12.206 million.

Raiders: $13.373 million.

Browns: $20.734 million.

Texans: $20.783 million.

Jaguars: $32.774 million.

UPDATE 11:52 a.m. ET: Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Broncos left behind $267,088, the Saints forfeited $42,712, and the Rams didn’t carry over $1.245 million.

32 responses to “Broncos, Rams, Saints opt not to carry over all cap space

  1. From the Broncos perspective, why carry it over when you’re paying guys under the table anyways?

  2. When and how does the $120 million Goodell and the owners embezzled from the NFLPA get added to the mix?

    Good thing we have owners and a Commissioner with “unquestioned integrity” like their rules say – imagine how much they’d steal if they weren’t so honest!

    Good luck to any politician stumping to have taxpayers fund stadiums in an “Aid to Families with Dependent NFL Owners” program

  3. Hahaha the Broncos haters are out already.. I am not sure why you are so convinced that the Broncos are cheating the salary cap. Even if something like that happened in 1997, cry me a river. Almost all of the organization has turned over since then.

    Jealously is sickening… Super Bowl 50 Champs! Fair and square.

  4. milehighcityboss says:
    Feb 25, 2016 11:01 AM
    Hahaha the Broncos haters are out already.. I am not sure why you are so convinced that the Broncos are cheating the salary cap. Even if something like that happened in 1997, cry me a river. Almost all of the organization has turned over since then.

    Jealously is sickening… Super Bowl 50 Champs! Fair and square.
    Yes…we have seen this a lot in recent years. Haters hate winners. (Won’t name another team but we all know who that would be).

  5. With that defense and the extra cap space the Texans might be one of the best situations for a decent coach.. Bill O’Brien might want to step it up this year.. There isn’t much difference between them and the Broncos on paper..

  6. It appears the only real benefits in not carrying it over would be to have it available to make cuts before the new league year or to pocket it. The Broncos and Saints could definitely use the space post 03/09, the Rams have ample space. So among the 3 guess we can easily see who intends to do what

  7. The $11,500 the Seahawks carry over is enough to pay Russell Wilson for about 2 snaps from center 😉
    I think it’s closer to one actually.

  8. The NFLPA said all 32 teams elected to carry over unused salary cap space from 2015, although the Saints, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams opted to not carry over the full amount.

    It was not immediately clear why those teams chose not to take the full amount. NFLPA records had only $1.44 million available, so the difference was only about $42,000.


    Maybe $42k isn’t worth investigating/debating.

  9. Wasn’t there a clause in the CBA that requires teams to reach a certain floor for cap spending?

    It seems egregious to have teams with 20 and 30 million in unused cap space, especially when those same teams are perennially bottom feeders (presuming the bottom Texans should be Titans).

  10. Shouldn’t there be a rule that teams actually appear to be playing to win? No way you leave $20 million in cap space on the table and with a straight face say you are trying to win games.

  11. Looking at this list, 31 teams listed by team name and then there is “Washington”. So ridiculous…

  12. clashpoint says:
    Feb 25, 2016 11:29 AM
    Anyone else notice that the more cap space a team has, the more likely they are to stink? Maybe one reason why a team is bad is because they’re cheap.


    None of these bad teams are paying a top QB. =have money and stink

  13. Well now that it is easy to carry over unused cap space the next step for NFLPA is to REQUIRE that it be carried over. then when the spending floor kicks in those teams with huge surpluses will have to spend it and the player salaries will escalate out of control until all the money is gone.

    Here is an idea. any team that has leftover cap space MUST donate it each year to an NFLPA approved charity. So an owner has the choice of spending it on their team or giving it to charity, but not having it go back into the owner’s pockets.

    That should take away the financial incentive to be cheap and encourage all teams to put the best product possible on the field.

  14. The Salary Cap Floor is based on a 4-year range. Expect those teams to spend heavily this year in order to get to it.

  15. In the Jags case, they have been building a war chest by not spending much in FA in the last 3 years. They will spend some serious money in this FA class though and next year.

    They chose not to waste money on FA’s given their terrible roster. Now that they are partially rebuilt, they can start to add some pieces with that conserved cash as well as extend some of the core players they now have.

  16. gysot says:
    Feb 25, 2016 11:26 AM
    If the best GM in sport World Champion John Elway decides that this is the best way your teams lemming GM is soon to follow.

    A steeler fumble away from spending a ridiculous amount in FA and busting. Lucky.

  17. looks like Washington found the money to pay the man, Cap’n Kirk, after all – $16 million that will not be going to the Great Gimmick and $5 million in carryover cap space.

  18. Why would a team not carry over unused cap space?
    It doesn’t affect how much they are obligated to pay (the salary floor),
    And it allows them flexibility in the future. They can sign a free agent, or keep one of their own players.

  19. Hmmm, Patriots are fifth. Guess that underlines the lie that they are cheap parroted by numerous greedy players(and jealous fans).

  20. The amazing thing about the Broncos is they have practically zero dead money. They haven’t been missing on big contracts in free agency like a lot of other teams — Ware, Ward, Talib, Stewart, Sanders, Mathis, Manning, et. al. have really panned out well for Elway.

  21. Broncos left the money behind to account for any practice squad player they may have wanted to sign to the roster during the playoffs.

    Also it can now be used to pay Mannings bonus for winning the Superbowl.

  22. The broncos have 0 dead money because Elway doesn’t make mistakes. The FA he signs all produce.

    Emmanual Sanders
    TJ Ward
    Demarcus Ware
    Aquib Talib

    Sure he paid them well, but they all contributed and became part of the team.

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