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An Excel Look at the Colts Cap Situation


I've seen some numbers thrown around about our cap situation and who we can and can't keep. I have my own ideas about who we should try hardest to keep around, namely Freeney and Mathis. I did some research on cap number calculations, last year's rookie contracts, expected franchise tag values at different positions and then stole some numbers off of Coltzilla's page (so major hat tip to him).

There are are million ways this postseason can play out. If Manning is released it doesn't matter what our cap will look like because we will have a ton of space available and will be rebuilding with cheaper contracts anyways. If we keep Manning and don't take Luck we will add a serious amount of cheap talent from trading down and so keeping a ton of high paid veterans wont be as important. The most important cap situation will be if we keep Manning and draft Luck. That is the situation I will look at.

After the jump is a list of all 53 players on a theoretical 2012 roster with both Manning and Luck. I am assuming a 125 million cap next year so someone alert me if that is way off. I also drafted theoretical players based on need and then gave them contracts comparable to players at their draft position last year. I put the franchise tag on Mathis, resigned Wayne, Tamme and Saturday, cut Clark, Addai and Bullet and left Freeney and Brackett alone. I feel that Mathis is the most important FA we have and would be well worth the 11 million likely franchise tag. Wayne should not be extremely expensive next year because of the flood of good FA wideouts and it will be important to keep at least one of Wayne/Garcon as a #1 guy. Saturday looked solid and healthy this year and if he is able to come back he should. Clark could be brought back for another 3-4 million but Tamme's '10 and his own '11 might have made him expendable. I love Addai but he just doesn't play enough to warrant his salary while Brown has developed enough to take his spot. I had a hard time finding Bullet's salary so there may be a cap hit with him if he had any bonus money. I also don't know how Collins is going to affect our 2012 cap if any. Anyone know?

If the below sheet proves true we could still be able to add a RG, CB, or WR in FA if we need and there is value there. For example we could sign either a guard or corner in FA and then draft the other at #33. Freeney may also be open to restructuring and extending his contract and therefore reducing his 2012 cap number by maybe 3-5 million. The same goes for Mathis to avoid the franchise tag.

This post is just an example of how we could go for it all next year. We would need a healthy Manning and offensive line and a great GM to find depth in the draft and cheap free agency. It would definitely take some good fortune and expert guidance but this roster is not a total lost cause.

If you see something blatantly wrong with my numbers please tell me and I'll do my best to correct it. Here they are after the jump:

2012

2013

2014

2015

1

QB

Manning, Peyton

17,000,000

18,000,000

19,000,000

20,000,000

2

QB

Luck, Andrew

4,000,000

5,000,000

6,000,000

7,000,000

3

RB

Brown, Donald

1,880,000

1,920,000

UFA

UFA

4

RB

Carter, Delone

450,000

600,000

685,000

UFA

5

RB

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

6

RB

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

7

WR

Wayne, Reggie*

8,000,000

8,000,000

8,000,000

UFA

8

WR

Collie, Austin

674,389

UFA

UFA

UFA

9

WR

White, Blair

490,000

RFA

UFA

UFA

10

WR

Fifth Round

450,000

450,000

600,000

685,000

11

WR

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

12

TE

Tamme, Jacob*

2,000,000

2,000,000

UFA

UFA

13

TE

Eldridge, Brody

490,000

575,000

UFA

UFA

14

TE

Min FA (Clark)

4,110,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

15

TE/LS

Snow, Justin

890,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

16

LT

Castonzo, Anthony

2,000,000

2,000,000

2,000,000

UFA

17

LG

Reitz, Joe

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

18

C

Saturday, Jeff*

4,000,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

19

RG

Fourth Round

500,000

600,000

700,000

800,000

20

RT

Ijalana, Benjamin

1,361,000

1,361,000

1,361,000

UFA

21

OG/C

Comp Fourth

450,000

450,000

600,000

685,000

22

OG/C

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

23

OG/C

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

24

OT

Linkenbach, Jeff

490,000

RFA

UFA

UFA

25

OT

Tepper, Mike

450,000

600,000

UFA

UFA

26

RE

Freeney, Dwight

19,470,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

27

RE

Hughes, Jerry

2,370,000

2,605,000

2,830,000

UFA

28

RE

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

29

NT

Johnson, Antonio

1,750,000

1,750,000

UFA

UFA

30

NT

Mathews, Ricardo

490,000

575,000

UFA

UFA

31

DT

Moala, Fili

850,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

32

DT

Nevis, Drake

587,278

737,278

822,278

UFA

33

DT

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

34

LE

Mathis, Robert (FT)

11,000,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

35

LE

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

36

SAM

Min FA (Brackett)

7,650,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

37

SAM

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

38

MIKE

Angerer, Pat

635,000

6,500,000

6,600,000

UFA

39

MIKE

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

40

WILL

Conner, Kavell

490,000

575,000

UFA

UFA

41

WILL

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

42

CB

Powers, Jerraud

734,625

UFA

UFA

UFA

43

CB

Second Round

1,000,000

1,100,000

1,400,000

1,600,000

44

CB

Thomas, Kevin

490,000

575,000

UFA

UFA

45

CB

Rucker, Chris

475,418

625,418

710,418

UFA

46

CB

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

47

CB

Min FA

450,000

UFA

UFA

UFA

48

FS

Bethea, Antoine

5,025,000

4,550,000

UFA

UFA

49

FS

Lefeged, Joe

450,000

600,000

685,000

UFA

50

SS

Third Round

600,000

700,000

800,000

900,000

51

SS

Caldwell, David

490,000

RFA

UFA

UFA

52

P

McAfee, Pat

579,570

UFA

UFA

UFA

53

K

Vinatieri, Adam

3,900,000

3,900,000

UFA

UFA

Total

115,022,280

66,348,696

52,793,696

31,670,000

Cap

120,000,000

120,000,000

120,000,000

120,000,000

Space

4,977,720

53,651,304

67,206,304

88,330,000

*denotes a new contract

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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