Originally Posted by BMORE
It doesn't work like that. You cut Bailey it's $1 million in dead money, you cut Welker there's another $5 million. So that $18 million cap number you think you have is actually $13.
Then there are our own players to sign.
We will be able to add second tier players. But you build a team through the draft my friend.
CURRENT CAP SPACE $12.3 million (about $9.5 million in dead money coming off)
apparently Welker's Cap hit would be $2 million for releasing him.
Welker when he signed on got a 4 million bonus which is pro-rated over the two years. That's his.In 2013 his contract was 2 million base, a 2 million pro-rated bonus, and a 150k other bonus with a dead money hit of 6 million.
in 2014 his contract is 3 million base, 2 million pro-rated bonus, and a 3 million roster bonus.if they cut Welker, the broncos will have a dead money hit of 2 million which is half of the 4 million pro-rated bonus that they already paid him.
"Chris Kuper is another player who is likely to be cut. Kuper is due $5.9 million in 2014, and only $1.8 million will count as dead money. That is a saving for the Broncos of $4.1 million.
Veteran tight ends Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen are both possible candidates for getting cut, or at the very least contract restructuring. If both are cut, the Broncos would save about $5.5 million between the two.
If only these four players are cut, the Broncos would have $19.5 million in extra cash, bringing their total space to somewhere around $32.3 million.
Ryan Clady will see his cap number drop in 2014. He counted $12.6 million against the cap in 2013, but this upcoming season that number will drop to $8.6 million. This is a saving of $4 million, which brings the extra space total for the Broncos to a potential $36.3 million
"While Clady’s cap number will decrease in 2014, there are a few big-money Broncos who will see their salaries inflated in the new league year.
Wes Welker will see his cap number rise from $4.1 million to $8 million in 2014. Louis Vasquez will see an increase from $3.2 million to $7.2 million in 2014. Von Miller will see a slight increase in his cap number, from $4.9 million in 2013 to $6.6 million in 2014. The combined increase between these three players is around $9.6 million.
Subtract that figure from the $36.3 million potential cap space, and that leaves $26.7 million
"Subtracted from the $26.7 million, that leaves around $22.5 million in potential cap space.
The Broncos may restructure or extend players that are possible cuts due to their salary. Instead of cutting guys like Bailey or Tamme, the team may instead choose to change the terms of their current contracts. The $22.5 million figure is a rough number, but it shows that the Broncos will have a little bit of money to play with in 2014