St. Louis Rams 2013 Individual Cap Hits And Available Cap Space: February 14, 2013 Update

Individual Cap Hits (in millions)

Cortland Finnegan - 15.0

Chris Long - 13.25

Sam Bradford - 12.595

James Laurinaitis - 12.4

Quintin Mikell - 9.0

Steven Jackson - 7.0

Scott Wells - 6.5

Kendall Langford - 6.0

Harvey Dahl - 4.0

Wayne Hunter - 4.0

Robert Quinn - 2.573475

Michael Brockers - 2.164090

JoLonn Dunbar - 1.8

Rodger Saffold - 1.46

Eugene Sims - 1.226987

Brian Quick - 1.224095

Lance Kendricks - 1.152555

Janoris Jenkins - 1.133713

Isaiah Pead - .917750

Matthew Mulligan - .825

Titus Young - .789666

Austin Pettis - .733604

Trumaine Johnson - .696794

Josh Hull - .638889

Shelley Smith - .630

Chris Givens - .604257

Jake McQuaide - .555833

Joe Barksdale - .555

Greg Zuerlein - .512205

Darryl Richardson - .491474

Brandon Washington - .484484

John Hekker - .483333

Matt Daniels - .483333

Matthew Conrath - .482

Rodney McLeod - .481333

Terrance Ganaway - .480

Cory Harkey - .480

Sammy Brown - .480

Jabara Williams - .480

Matthew Brodine - .480

Austin Davis - .480

Quinton Pointer - .480

Ty Nsekhe - .480

Rokevious Watkins - .452825

Nick Johnson - .405

Cameron Graham - .405

Chase Reynolds - .405

Raymond Radway - .405

Listed above are the 48 players currently under contract for 2013.

The total cap hit for the 48 players for 2013 is $118,757,695

In addition there is $4,312,806 in dead money (Jason Smith is 4,022,000 of that dead money; luckily it is the last year for that legacy) that must be counted against the cap for 2013.

From 2012 there is an available cap rollover (which adds to available cap space) of $247,000

The total amount of money applying against the salary cap at this time is $122,823,501.This total is the sum of the 2013 cap hits, plus the sum of the dead money, less the cap rollover from 2012.

The salary cap for 2013 is expected to be approximately 121 million.

Currently the Rams are $1,823,501 OVER the salary cap.

Please note that the cap space figure is very fluid and can change on a daily basis. The figure will change as the Rams make moves in the off season ( the draft, signing UDFA's, roster cuts, any restructuring of contracts, signing and re-signing of free agents) and will change when the NFL determines the exact league salary cap figure.

It is worth noting that the Rams, at this point in time, are 13 players short of the 61 man full roster (53 man roster and 8 practice squad players). Please bear in mind as well that this total cap expenditure does NOT include the amount that we are likely to spend to sign the draft picks we make in April, 2013. Given last years cost of 6.68 million for the rookies and the fact we have two first round draft picks this year, it is reasonable to project that they will cost in the vicinity of 8 million against the 2013 salary cap. We also have 18 of our own free agents. None of them count against the salary cap at this point in time. Every one of those that may be re-signed will cost additional money against the salary cap. For those who believe that we might be able to sign free agents from other teams this off season, it will be very difficult to sign any higher priced (or medium priced for that matter) free agents, given the tight cap space. Many have suggested that contracts could be restructured. This is also a possibility. However, many of our highest value contracts are virtually off-limits as targets for restructuring (for various reasons), the most important being the negative impact on future cap space. For clarification, practice squad players (and money paid to them while on the practice squad) are not considered in cap calculations, as they are free agents until signed. The Rams signed all 8 of theirs on December 31, 2012.

As a final note, many sources have not yet removed Steven Jackson's 2013 bonus of 1.899 million from the 2013 cap hits, although the bonus was moved forward, as reported here on TST and elsewhere, to be included as a 2012 cap hit.

I would be happy to provide current, up to date cap numbers and info on an ongoing basis througout the off season if so desired by the TST community...

February 15 update: Eddie P posted an article yesterday quoting an Associated Press writer who proffered on the NFL website that the Rams were 3.1 million over the cap......why am I at 1.8 million? The differences are likely the following: the writer has not accounted for the signing and cap hit of Titus Young, nor the accelerating of SJ39's 1.899 2013 bonus as a 2012 cap hit. When these two factors are taken into consideration, the other numbers line up very well with his determination.

February 15 update: Titus Young was released by the Rams today. The effect on cap space is an increase of $789,666 in availability. It also reduces the number of players under contract to 47. A good example of how quickly the cap space number can change.

Sources - Rotoworld, Spotrac,

Disclaimer - The figures presented in this post are put together from many sources that are authorities on the subject, sources that track the salary cap figures and available cap space of NFL Teams. Transactions involving contracts must be reported to the league office and the NFLPA in a timely manner. The figures then become public knowledge. I make no claim of being the ultimate authority on salary cap matters, although I do attempt to verify figures as they become public knowledge.

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