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-02-14-2006 #16AJD45 Guest
Re: Rams Projected CapRoom: $16mil! ... Plus all teamsOriginally Posted by Nick
Some good thoughts there on the options concerning Pickett/Bruce. I don't think much has changed yet -- the cap space estimates are from January 5th, and there hasn't been any Rams news about roster/contract decisions. Curse the slow offseason!
You sure about the rookie pool? I always thought that was its own separate cap (thus was the holdup in the Richie Incognito negotiations).
But no doubt the actual figure will end up lower than $16m to work with. I do think no matter what the final number is, you gotta give the Rams FO credit for their consistent cap management.
Re: Rams Projected CapRoom: $16mil! ... Plus all teamsOriginally Posted by AJD45
Re: Rams Projected CapRoom: $16mil! ... Plus all teamsOriginally Posted by sbramfan
Originally Posted by AJD45Originally Posted by ramsbruce
The rookie pool itself is issued by the league and basically just states the maximum amount of cap space that a team can use to sign draft picks and undrafted free agents. It's based on:
1) The position a team has in the draft, since higher picks demand bigger contracts, thus giving higher positioned teams a larger pool
2) The number of overall picks a team has, since you need more room to sign 10 players than you would 6.
Also, consider that the size of contracts will increase somewhat as they do every year. So that will probably play a small factor as well.
Last year we selected anywhere from 16th or 19th in each round - the actual position will rotate every round if your team has the same record as another team. We also had more picks. So while our position is better this year, we also have fewer picks, and likely will even after compensatory picks are announced.
Our rookie pool for last year was $4,604,330, and we used all of it. I don't anticipate a huge change one way or another since our position rises but number of picks falls.
This website (Ask the Commish) estimates a cap of $92 million, so let's run with that.
-Howard Balzer reports that going into 2006, the Rams have "32 players under contract for 2006 with a cap charge of around $71 million." So that leaves the Rams with about $21 million in space.
-Then, you subtract the cap hit from releasing Turley, which for 2006 is $5.7 million. Now the Rams have about $15.3 million in cap space. There is other assorted dead money of much lesser value, so let's round off to $15 million.
-The Rams have a number of restricted free agents: Curtis, Furrey, Groce, Harris, Chris Johnson, McDonald and Aaron Walker. Assuming Curtis gets the middle tender and the rest get the smaller one, Howard estimates the total would be $5 million. So we're down to about $10 million in cap space.
-Then you have exclusive rights free agents, whose contracts are small but the Rams have eleven of them. If all are signed, that's about $3 million toward the cap. For the sake of argument, let's just say they sign half of them. Take off $1.5 million, and we're down to $8.5 million in cap room.
-Looking ahead to the draft, the Rams will probably need at least $4 million for rookies based on last year's number and this year's factors. That takes us down to $4.5 million in cap room.
-Now, not only do the Rams have $4.5 million in cap room to use on free agents, but they also have their own unrestricted players to resign (UFA for the Rams as of November include Adam Archuleta, Aveion Cason, Bryan Barker, Cameron Cleeland, Chris Massey, Corey Ivy, Damione Lewis, Jamie Martin, Rex Tucker, Roland Williams, Ryan Pickett, Terry Fair, Tom Nutten, Trev Faulk, and Tyoka Jackson) Undoubtably they won't resign them all, but names like Pickett and Archuleta will probably be negotiated with, and neither will resign on the cheap. Also consider the Rams would be wise to resign Jackson, Massey, Ivy, and Faulk. There's no telling what the 2006 cap charge on those contracts might be, but at least we know you'd have to decrease the $4.5 million in cap space because of it.
Now, restructuring/resigning Bruce could free up some space, but I guess the point I'm making is that we shouldn't go into the spring thinking we have $16 million worth of cap space to sign free agents, nor do we probably have even half of that when all things are said and done. The Rams will likely once again be looking for those second tier players who aren't superstars but could potentially come in and contribute for a modest paycheck.
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-02-14-2006 #19AJD45 Guest
Re: Rams Projected CapRoom: $16mil! ... Plus all teams
So the rookie pool is nothing more than just a number that the team can't spend more than on its rookies. Seems like they should have just called it "the rookie spending limit" or something. Good info, thanks. I fully agree with your analysis that the Rams will most likely once again be a 2nd-tier participant in the FA market, which is pretty damn good considering how much money they blew in horribly missing on last year's free agents.