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fordfixer
03-12-2012, 01:44 AM
2012 NFL salary cap set at $120.6 millionhttp://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/2012-nfl-salary-cap-set-120-6-million-211140326.html
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Two days before free agency, NFL teams finally got the official ceiling they'll be able to spend on their personnel. The league has set the salary cap at $120.6 million per team, a slight increase over 2011's figure of $120.375 million. That's not an absolute number, though -- per the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are able to roll unused cap money from 2011 into their new figure, and borrow $1.5 million from the 2013 figure to form an adjusted cap. Teams need to be in compliance with the cap at the start of the league year, which is 4:00 p.m. ET on March 13.
What the fixed cap number immediately affects, as Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders and Mac's Football Blog points out (http://www.macsfootballblog.com/2012/03/2012-nfl-cap-number-is-1206-million-per.html), is the franchise tag cost for each team. The only team that doesn't yet know their franchise tag figure is the New Orleans Saints, who placed the exclusive tender on quarterback Drew Brees. The rules state that while the non-exclusive franchise numbers are decided by a formula that takes in the last five years of tags, exclusive tenders are decided by accruing the numbers for the five-highest paid players at a position at the end of the restricted free agent signing period.
The end of that period is April 20, which places an even larger burden on the Saints to sign Brees to a long-term contract and get that cap number down so they can turn their attention to other key free agents. The 2012 franchise tag number for quarterbacks is $14.436 million, but Brees will get more because of his specific designation. You can read the formula for the non-exclusive franchise tender amount here (http://nfllabor.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/03-11-12-free-agency-qa.pdf), but I'd advise a couple of Advil before you dive into that one.
Here are the franchise tag numbers for each position, and the key players who have been franchised:
Quarterback ($14.436 million): Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (again, exclusive-rights tag will put the final number higher).
Running Back ($7.742 million): Matt Forte, Chicago Bears; Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens.
Wide Receiver ($9.51 million): Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs; Wes Welker, New England Patriots; DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles.
Tight End ($5.446 million): Fred Davis, Washington Redskins.
Offensive Linemen ($9.383 million): No franchised players.
Defensive End ($10.605 million): Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals; Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts (later agreed to a four-year contract extension).
Defensive Tackle ($7.960 million): No franchised players.
Linebacker ($8.856 million): Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys.
Cornerback ($10.281 million): Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons.
Safety ($6.212 million): Tyvon Branch, Oakland Raiders; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers; Michael Griffin, Tennessee Titans.
Kicker/Punter ($2.654 million): Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals; Matt Prater, Denver Broncos; Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars; Steve Weatherford, New York Giants; Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Note: Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson was tagged at a higher number -- $3.81 million -- because players who are tagged for the second straight season get 120 percent of their position's tender number).

Crash
03-12-2012, 01:52 AM
Gotta re-work Hampton, Heath, and Harrison.

Out of the tenders I would keep Wallace, Legursky, Lewis, and Foster. Mundy and DJ can hit the bricks.

hawaiiansteel
03-12-2012, 02:07 AM
Gotta re-work Hampton, Heath, and Harrison.

Out of the tenders I would keep Wallace, Legursky, Lewis, and Foster. Mundy and DJ can hit the bricks.


Let's look at some projections about what the Steelers might do:


Mike Wallace: First-round tender, which could set up three separate dramas, one of which may not end until around this time next year. The first is whether another team will offer him a contract and whether Wallace will sign it. If he does, it sets up the second, whether the Steelers will match it (if they CAN match it) or take the first-round pick. The third would occur if Wallace does not sign elsewhere, whether he and the Steelers can come to an agreement on a multiple-year contract or whether he plays the 2012 season for $2,742,000 and becomes a UFA next year.


Ramon Foster: Second-round tender. Usually, a starting guard would be worth a one-year $2,742,000, but the Steelers are watching their cap dollars and an $800,000 savings is worth it in this case. He was not drafted, so the lower tender would bring no draft choice.


Doug Legursky: Second-round tender. Same reasons as Foster.


Keenan Lewis: Original round. Lewis would bring a third-round draft pick. If William Gay leaves, he would compete to start with Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown. It's somewhat of a gamble and it's possible the Steelers will drop the second-rounder on him, too.


Ryan Mundy: Original round. Mundy would bring a sixth-round draft pick. As a backup, they cannot afford to pay him nearly $2 million.


David Johnson: Original round. Johnson would bring a seventh-round draft pick and it gets dicey here because they are so thin at tight end. Weslye Saunders, a rookie last season, is suspended for the first four games of the season. However, Johnson was used mostly as a fullback and they do have tight end Jame McCoy, whom they believe could handle that job.


Jamon Meredith: No tender, making him a UFA. They also are thin at tackle, but they also could re-sign him because he's not expected to attract much interest elsewhere.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12071/1215923-66.stm#ixzz1os8LwQ83

phillyesq
03-12-2012, 09:16 AM
Gotta re-work Hampton, Heath, and Harrison.

Out of the tenders I would keep Wallace, Legursky, Lewis, and Foster. Mundy and DJ can hit the bricks.


I would be surprised if Mundy and DJ do not get original round tenders. With Saunders facing a suspension, DJ is the only TE on the roster behind Heath. I'm far from a fan of Johnson, but with the way the Steelers do business, they will not move on from Johnson and create a hole that must be filled. If they sign a low level free agent, maybe they pull the tender if Johnson doesn't sign immediately, but they won't non-tender DJ and leave the roster with only Heath for the first 4 weeks as things stand today.

pfelix73
03-12-2012, 09:26 AM
How about bringing in Dallas Clark for a visit? Maybe even Joseph Addai..unless they follow their old leader to his new home town- wherever that will be...

RuthlessBurgher
03-12-2012, 10:07 AM
I would be surprised if Mundy and DJ do not get original round tenders. With Saunders facing a suspension, DJ is the only TE on the roster behind Heath. I'm far from a fan of Johnson, but with the way the Steelers do business, they will not move on from Johnson and create a hole that must be filled. If they sign a low level free agent, maybe they pull the tender if Johnson doesn't sign immediately, but they won't non-tender DJ and leave the roster with only Heath for the first 4 weeks as things stand today.

Plus, Ryan Mundy is the primary backup to both Troy and Clark (and the way those guys hit, there are bound to be injuries there). Mundy is a better safety than Will Allen, Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, Myron Rolle, or any other backup safeties we have on our roster.

Crash
03-12-2012, 01:50 PM
The ONLY GOOD Mundy brings to the safety position is when he's not playing on defense.

When he plays? He STINKS.

steelblood
03-12-2012, 06:29 PM
It looks like the cap for us is now more like 122.2 million. The Cowboys and Redskins have been docked salary cap space for their salary dumping in the uncapped year (see PFT). That salary cap space has gone to the other teams (with the exception of the Raiders and Saints who are getting a slap on the wrist for some dumping themselves). The remaining 28 teams have been given 1.6 million in additional salary cap space. Thanks Dan and Jerry!

Chadman
03-12-2012, 07:41 PM
That extra cap space could be the difference in signing a couple of mid-tier FA's & not signing any.

Mike McGlynn & Keyaron Fox- come on down...