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Ketchman: Projecting Detroit's Salary Cap
SALARY CAP BREAKDOWN (after projected roster cuts) Based on Nate's Projected Roster, the Lions would have $90,761,300 in 53 active players and 2 Injured Reserves, broken down as follows: (3) Quarterbacks - $7,600,440 (5) Wide Receivers - $14,816,431 (3) Running Backs - $2,750,970 (4) Full Backs/Tight Ends - $4,818,787 (9) Offensive Linemen - $16,915,056 (5) Defensive Ends - $7,666,493 (5) Defensive Tackles - $9,897,453 (1 IR) (5) Corner Backs - $9,528,933 (1 IR) (5) Safeties - $5,395,517 (6) Linebackers - $7,269,393 (3) ST Players - $4,101,827 The Lions would have $17,320,947 of 2008 Dead Cap broken down as follows: April 9th blog entry - $15,192,000 Additional accumulated through the Summer - $657,500 Projected LB Final Cuts - $43,240 Projected CB Final Cuts - $12,000 Projected DE Final Cuts - $15,440 Projected DT Final Cuts - $14,700 Projected RB Final Cuts - $50,080 Projected FB/TE Final Cuts - $1,213,440 Projected WR Final Cuts - $113,827 Projected OL Final Cuts - $8,720 Active Player Costs - $90,761,300 (from above) Dead Cap - $17,320,947 (from above) Cap Adjustments - $5,348,065 (March 1st Blog Entry) Practice Squad - $707,200 (8 players @5200 per week over 17 weeks) The Total Salary Cap for the year is $116,729,000 and based on Nate's Projected Roster, I'd guesstimate that the Lions would have spent $114,137,512 of Cap space and thus have $2,591,488 available entering the season. (Editor's Note: I recently wrote two pieces projecting Detroit's 2008 roster (offense and defense). Resident capologist George Ketchman has broken down the Detroit Lions salary cap situation *by position* based on those projections. He also adds the cap hit that the team would take from each player if by some chance my projection is a bit ... off. Regardless, below is as accurate a depiction and explanation as you'll find anywhere on the internet. // NC) Training Camp Battles (Special Teams) - Cap Perspective: Nate's projected Roster has no surprises on Special Teams. The ST Unit will count $4,101,827. ST's Current Year Cap Charge: Jason Hanson - $2,086,720 Nick Harris - $1,298,387 Don Mulbach - $716,720 ST's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Jason Hanson - $436,720 Nick Harris - $348,387 Don Mulbach - $51,053 Training Camp Battles (Linebackers) - Cap Perspective: Based on Nate's Projected Defensive Roster, the Lions would have $7,269,393 in the six LB's with an additional $43,240 of Dead Cap from the release of other LB's. LB's Current Year Cap Cost: Ernie Sims - $2,605,000 Paris Lenon - $1,800,000 Alex Lewis - $1,456,720 Jordon Dizon - $645,000 Gilbert Gardner - $486,240 Anthony Cannon - $460,953 Leon Joe - $445,000 Buster Davis - $301,720 Tyrone Pruitt - $297,000 Darnell Bing - $295,000 LB's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Ernie Sims - $1,890,000 Paris Lenon - $750,000 Alex Lewis - $456,720 Jordon Dizon - $350,000 Gilbert Gardner - $41,240 Anthony Cannon - $15,953 Buster Davis - $6,720 Tyrone Pruitt - $2,000 Leon Joe - $0 Darnell Bing $0 Training Camp Battles (Defensive Backs) - Cap Perspective: Based on Nate's Projected Defensive Roster, the Lions would have five CB's and five S's. The five CB's plus Wilson (IR) would count $9,528,933 with an additional $12,000 of Dead Cap. The Safeties would cost $5,395,517 with no dead cap implications. CB's Current Year Cap Charge: Travis Fisher - $2,756,720 Brian Kelly - $2,340,000 Keith Smith - $2,006,720 Leigh Bodden - $1,040,053 Stanley Wilson - $933,720 ** DeVonte Edwards - $451,720 Ramzee Robinson - $376,720 LaMarcus Hicks - $375,280 CB's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Brian Kelly - $1,090,053 Travis Fisher - $1,006,720 Keith Smith - $1,006,720 Leigh Bodden - $340,053 Stanley Wilson - $933,720 ** DeVonte Edwards - $6,720 Ramzee Robinson - $6,720 LaMarcus Hicks - $5,280 S's Current Year Cap Charge: Dwight Smith - $2,006,720 Kalvin Pearson - $1,422,387 Daniel Bullocks - $942,970 Gerald Alexander - $571,720 Greg Blue - $451,720 Stephen Howell - $295,000 S's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Kalvin Pearson - $1,046,720 Dwight Smith - $656,720 Daniel Bullocks - $497,970 Gerald Alexander - $201,720 Greg Blue - $6,720 Stephen Howell - $0 (Note: Stanley Wilson was placed on IR after being injured during the first preseason game. When a football injury occurs while on the roster, the base salary is guaranteed to be paid for the year. At some point, the Lions may reach a settlement with Wilson for a lesser amount, but they are currently on the hook for his current year base salary.) Training Camp Battles (Defensive Line) - Cap Perspective: Based on Nate's Projected Defensive Roster, the Lions will have $7,666,493 of cap charges invested in five total DE's and will incur an additional $15,440 of Dead Cap associated with the release of three DE's. At DT, the Lions will have five players accounting for $9,897,453 of cap space and will have an additional $14,700 of dead cap from the release of one DT. DE's Current Year Cap Charges: Dewayne White - $3,960,000 Jared DeVries - $1,656,720 Corey Smith - $806,720 Ikaika Alama-Francis - $586,720 Cliff Avril - $456,333 Victor DeGrate - $301,720 Claude Harriot - $301,720 Ruldolph Hardie - $297,000 DE's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Dewayne White - $3,355,470 Jared DeVries - $356,720 Corey Smith - $106,720 Ikaika Alama-Francis - $216,720 Cliff Avril - $161,333 Victor DeGrate - 6,720 Claude Harriot - $6,720 Ruldolph Hardie - $2,000 DT's Current Year Cap Charges:* Cory Redding - $4,983,333 Chuck Darby - $2,195,000 Shaun Cody - $1,120,000 Langston Moore - $933,720 Andre Fluellen -$465,400 Landon Cohen - $309,700 Shemiah Legrande - $200,000 ** DT's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Cory Redding - $2,083,333 Chuck Darby - $1,465,000 Shaun Cody - $600,000 Shemiah Legrande - $200,000 ** Andre Fluellen - $170,400 Landon Cohen - $14,700 Langston Moore - $6,720 Tatum Bell - $1,600,000 Brian Calhoun - $639,970 Kevin Smith - $511,000 Aveion Cason - $491,720 Artose Pinner - $448,360 RB's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Tatum Bell - $300,000 Kevin Smith - $216,000 Aveion Cason - $46,720 Brian Calhoun - $6,720 Artose Pinner - $3,360 FB & TE Current Year Cap Charge: Dan Campbell - $2,315,000 Michael Gaines $2,006,720 Casey Fitzsimmons - $1,450,000 Jon Bradley - $713,387 John Owens - $491,720 Sean McHugh - $451,720 Jerome Felton - $340,400 FB & TE Dead Cap if Released or Traded: Michael Gaines - $1,206,720 Dan Campbell - $515,000 Casey Fitzsimmons - $395,000 Jon Bradley - $91,667 Jerome Felton - $45,400 Sean McHugh - $6,720 Based on Nate's Projected Roster, the Lions will have 24 players on offense counting for $46,901,684 of cap space. Additional cuts will yield an additional $1,386,067 of Dead Cap. (3) Quarterbacks - $7,600,440 (5) Wide Receivers - $14,816,431 (3) Running Backs - $2,750,970 (4) Full Backs/Tight Ends - $4,818,787 (9) Offensive Linemen - $16,915,056 Training Camp Battles (QB & WR) - Cap Perspective: Based on Nate's Projected Roster, the Lions will have $7,600,440 of Cap Charges in 3 QB's. At Wide Receiver, the Lions would have $14,816,431 tide up in 5 players with an additional $113,827 of Dead Cap. QB's Current Year Cap Charges: Jon Kitna - $5,875,000 Dan Orlovsky - $933,720 Drew Stanton - $791,720 QB's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Jon Kitna - $1,925,000 Drew Stanton - $421,720 Dan Orlovsky - $6,720 WR's Current Year Cap Charges: Roy Williams - $6,292,833 Calvin Johnson - $3,490,158 Mike Furrey - $2,900,000 Shaun McDonald - $1,681,720 DeVale Ellis - $451,720 Kenneth Moore - $388,667 Ronald Bellamy - $376,720 Brandon Middleton - $376,720 John Standeford - $376,720 WR's 2008 Dead Cap if Traded or Released: Roy Williams - $2,568,333 Calvin Johnson - $1,606,720 Mike Furrey - $1,200,000 Shaun McDonald - $681,720 Kenneth Moore - $93,667 DeVale Ellis - $6,720 Ronald Bellamy - $6,720 Brandon Middleton - $6,720 John Standeford - $6,720 Other Cap Notes: Takeo Spikes - According to Rotoworld, Spikes signed a one year contract for $1.48M that includes a $300,000 Signing Bonus, contains a $140,000 Roster Bonus and a $1,040,000 Base Salary. An additional $200,000 can be earned through incentives. It's not a lot and the Lions reportedly offered him $1.5M, it looks like it was a matter of Spikes choosing San Francisco over Detroit. Contrary to what the local media may report, it looks like the salary cap didn't have anything to do with salary cap limitations and had to do more with Spikes choosing San Francisco over Detroit. Nick Jones and Eddie Johnson were both released on August 9th. There release will have no effect on the Lions current cap status. Dave Rayner signed for the league minimum for players with 3 years of service, $520,000 and his current year player cost is $520,000. His player cost will figure into the Top 51 Calculation and reduce the Lions Cap Status by about $60,000. Damion Cook signed for $605,000, the league minimum for players with 4 years of service. The NFLPA will subsidize $160,000 of his salary and Cook's current year player cost will be $445,000. Kiwaukee Thomas, an 8 year veteran signed for the league minimum $730,000 and the NFLPA will subsidize $285,000 of his salary. Thomas' 2008 player cost will be $445,000. Stanley Wilson was placed on Injured Reserve on August 11th. The move doesn't effect the Lions current cap status. His contract likely doesn't include a split salary and unless an injury settlement is reached, he'll count $933,720 against the cap. Based on the above, the Lions are currently about $4.1M under the cap.
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