theProf Posted August 4, 2011 Share Posted August 4, 2011 The recent CBA agreement established a maximum salary cap of $120m per team during the 2011 season for its final 53-man roster. Just read where Atlanta is already $1 Million over the cap limit. The following table shows the expected 2011 salary cap of each of 41 individual Falcon players, who had unexpired existing contracts prior to the draft and free agency. The following table EXCLUDES Falcons players who are Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) and Restricted Free Agents (RFA) at the beginning of 2011, and also the recently signed Rookies. Therefore, the following table is just a starting point for analysis. The expected player salary cap for 2011 would represent a player's base salary + pro-rated signing bonus + likely to be earned incentive bonus during the season. BTW I don't claim to be a salary-cap expert, as this can be a highly complicated and complex calculationPlayer Position 2011 Salary Cap #Matt Ryan QB $12,750,000 John Abraham DE $10,508,000 Tony Gonzalez TE $8,050,000 Dunta Robinson CB $6,500,000 Michael Turner RB $7,500,000 Roddy White WR $6,525,000 Jamaal Anderson DE $5,002,750 Jonathan Babineaux DT $5,096,000 Michael Jenkins WR $4,100,000 Ovie Mughelli RB $3,833,333 Chauncey Davis DE $3,750,000 Chris Redman QB $2,550,000 Todd McClure C $1,900,000 Justin Peelle TE $1,635,000 Sam Baker T $1,012,500 Joe Zelenka LS $865,000 Coy Wire LB $765,000 Peria Jerry DT $695,000 Trey Lewis DT $640,000 Curtis Lofton LB $1,012,000 Harry Douglas WR $732,500 Kroy Biermann DE $598,750 Thomas DeCoud S $700,000 William Moore S $755,000 Christopher Owens CB $652,000 Lawrence Sidbury DE $590,250 Garrett Reynolds T $525,150 Spencer Adkins LB $509,762 Gartrell Johnson RB $480,000 Sean Weatherspoon LB $4,305,000 Corey Peters DT $596,750 Mike Johnson G $565,500 Joe Hawley G $525,000 Dominique Franks CB $457,762 Kerry Meier WR $444,250 Shann Schillinger S $436,250 Antoine Smith RB $405,000 Rafael Bush S $405,000 Michael Palmer TE $405,000 Robert Agnone TE $330,000 Kenneth Parrish P $330,000Total $99,438,507http://www.sportscity.com/NFL/Atlanta-Falcons-SalariesA couple of observations from the above table:(1) As we all know Jenkins and Anderson were cut at the beginning of FA, so their salary caps no longer apply. However, you can't simply subtract their indicated salary caps totaling $9.1m to determine the actual cap savings, due to their dead-money resulting from the remaining unamortized pro-rated signing bonuses. I read where their actual cap savings to the Falcons was $7.8m for 2011. Thus the difference of $1.3m must be the "dead-money" associated with their contracts. (I did take the liberty of changing Anderson's position to DE in the above table, although the linked info had him as a RB in error, as well as a couple other position errors).(2) 2011 is the last year of John Abraham's existing contract. Abraham has a back-loaded contract, where the salary cap hit is much greater during the latter years of the contract than the early years. His "base" salary was only $2m per year in the first two years of his contract, whereas his base salary this year is $8m. http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/john-abraham/(3) 2011 is also the last year of Tony Gonzales's existing contract. His was also back-loaded with base salaries of $1m per year for the first two years of his existing contract, signed while he was with KC, and $5.8m for his 2011 base salary. Evidently Atlanta just took-over TG's base salaries when he was traded to us in 2009.http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/tony-gonzalez/ (4) Sean Weatherspoon's base salary is only $405,000 for 2011, but his indicated cap hit for 2011 is $4.3m, which is significantly more than just his base salary + prorated signing bonus. I think the reason his cap hit is so high in 2011 is due to a $3.5m incentive bonus clause in his contract. Perhaps a good bit of that incentive bonus is expected to be earned by him in 2011. I don't think Spoon's cap hit in the remaining years of his existing contract will be this high though. http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/sean-weatherspoon/(5) TE Robert Agnone was recently released due to medical reasons.(6) DT Vance Walker and QB John Parker Wilson were not included in the above list for some unknown reason. Both were scheduled to make a base salary of $480,000 each in 2011. Back-up OT Will Svitek was also not included in the above table. I can’t find any data on Svitek’s salary, but since he is a 6 year vet, I will estimate his 2011 cap hit at $1m.(7) It is my opinion that Chauncey Davis might be vulnerable to being cut before the final 53-man roster, primarily due to his indicated high cap hit of $3.8m for 2011.(8) I also think veteran long-snapper Joe Zelinka and his indicated salary cap of $865,000 might be also be vulnerable to being cut also, especially if the recently signed undrafted rookie free agent LS is any good. The following is a list of Atlanta's signed unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents and their current status. ComingDE Ray Edwards, Vikings (Story) (signed on 7/29; 5 yrs./$30 million = $6m average per year)StayingOG Justin Blalock (Source: AJC, 6 yrs./$38 million = $6.33m average per year)WR Eric Weems (Source: Knox Bardeen, CBS Sports; 1 yr.)OT Tyson Clabo (Story) (re-signed on 7/28; 5 yrs./$25 million = $5m average per year)K Matt Bryant (Story) (re-signed on 7/28; 4 yrs.)LB Mike Peterson (Story) (re-signed on 7/28; 1 yr.)LB Stephen Nicholas (Story) (re-signed on 7/27; 5 yrs./$17.5 million = $3.5m average per year)GoingOG Harvey Dahl (UFA) (signed with Rams on 7/29)WR Michael Jenkins (cut) (Story) (signed by Vikings on 7/30)DE Jamaal Anderson (cut) (Story) (signed by Colts on 8/1)P Michael Koenen (UFA) (Story) (signed with Buccaneers on 7/29)RB Jerious Norwood (UFA) (Source: AJC.com)http://falcfans.com/Some observations on the FA table as follows:(1) I took the liberty of calculating and adding an average per year to the above table amounts when the total contract value and term was known. However, this average per year will not necessarily be the FA's actual salary-cap per year due to back-loading and sometimes even front-loading the base salaries within the new contracts. At best, the average per year is just a preliminary guess as to the yearly cap hit. Also some of the new Atlanta FA contract amounts and terms are unknown at this point (Matt Bryant and Mike Peterson). As a point of reference, Bryant's "base" salary in 2010 was $1.1m and Peterson's was $1.9m.(2) RFA Eric Weems signed a second a second-round tender for the 2011 season. I think I recall reading where a second-round tender is about $2m under the new CBA agreement, and a first-round tender is about $2.8m.(3) RFA Brent Grimes is not included in the FA table. I believe he signed his first-round tender offer worth about $2.8m for 2011.(4) I believe that the Falcons are still interested in possibly resigning UFA Jason Snelling, whose base salary in 2010 was $1.7m. But as of today, Atlanta has no available cap room to sign him as they are already over the maximum cap.As to the rookie cap hits, I recall a Pat Yasinskas article written after the new CBA that Atlanta’s 2011 rookie cap was just slightly over $5m. I only have contract information on the first three drafted rookies in 2011 as follows:(1) Julio Jones $16.2m for 4 years = average $4.05m per year http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/julio-jones/(2) Akeem Dent $2.8m for 4 years = average $0.7m per yearhttp://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/akeem-dent/(3) Quizz Rodgers $2.2m for 4 years = average $0.55m per yearhttp://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/jacquizz-rodgers/(4) I don’t have data on rookie P Matt Bosher, a sixth round selection. I believe he will make the final roster and take over Koenen’s duties. Bosher’s salary would have to be lower than fifth rounder Quizz Rodgers. Therefore, I estimate his salary at $2m total or an average of $0.5m per year.(5) As with the average salary cap for Free Agents, the average yearly salaries for Rookies will probably not match the actual salary-cap numbers due to back-end loading of the base salaries. Thus, the average yearly salary is just a very rough approximation for the actual salary-cap for these players. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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