Ther have been a lot of discussions here on this subject. I have to admit I get confused. Maybe there is and then again maybe there isn't. But as we are going into FA period i think maybe it would be good to flush out how everyone thinks is the best way to proceed
Teams now have $130M in Total Cap - I see wher the Pats ahve $4.7 M? carryover and the Cap increase is $5M? So the Pats have about $10 M (tenth most or least ? in the leagure).
They have to have about $4.7m for rookies?
and they have about $10M in dead money, mostly Hern
We also need to keep about $8-10M for 2014 emergency signings
There are 3 contracts that can be restructured - VW, Mankins, Gost. Only VW could be released. Mankins might but would want another year.
And then every position has its own value. Every player is one mini cube of the over all Rubics cube. There are 8 corner cubes with 3 diffenent colors , and then the edge cubes and then the one sided cubes in the planes.(which BB keeps as few as possible)
As the cap rises , players who get great ontracts now, may not be happy in a few years when the Cap really goes up
The other issue to keep in mind is that over the first 5 years of the CBO the teams are required to pay out in cash a certain amount of money. So there really is no savings in not signing contracts, in fact if you dont spend enough , a team may have to fork over money with out getting any player services in return. As i see it, the better strategy is to spend in cash as close to the nominal cap # every year.
When a team is up against any of the CBO's limits you may not be able to get enough good players and that could be Cap Hell. Otr they have a fw stars but no depth
I think maybe it shouldnt be called Cap Hell, but Cap Paradoxes as there are many ways to manage the cap space but there are alwasy trade offs in any contract you sign.
Last year i heard how the the Pats should ahve used more of there free cap money to sign more players. Set aside whether or not any player could have satisfied any particular need. With all the injuries I am glad they had a lot of free cap money, and with the hern thing I am glad they have the $4.7M carry over. And the Pats really cannot save money for themselves as they must pay out in cash a certain amount of money no matter what or it geventually goes to a fund for payment to the players
So how would you structure the Pats Cap space for 2014?