By Rich Tandler
I got a few follow-up questions on my article on the salary cap rollover yesterday so I thought that I would go ahead and answer them here.
First of all, this isn’t a one-year deal. Teams will be able to do it every year for the 10-year duration of the CBA. This obviously is a good deal for the players as the NFL now has a soft cap for the first time. Simply put, teams will have more money to spend.
I also was asked what would prevent, say, the Cincinnati Bengals from being $100 million under the cap in 2016. The new minimum cash spends will take care of that. Starting next year, teams must spend at least 89 per cent of the cap on player salaries and that number will increase as the years go on. The minimum spend will prevent any team from rolling up a huge amount of unused cap space.
To answer the next question that popped up, the minimum spend is based on the NFL’s base salary cap, not on each team’s adjusted cap. The rolled-over cap space will give teams the flexibility needed to be able to make the minimum spending threshold while still dealing with items like dead cap space and pro rated bonus charges.
Finally, I said with the unused 2011 cap dollars carried over the Redskins have about $39 million in cap room. John Clayton of ESPN reported yesterday that the number is $47 million over. Both are estimates and the real number is somewhere in between.
Any other questions about the cap or anything else Redskins related? Post them in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.