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Iamcanadian
05-02-2008, 08:49 AM
I get a fuzzy feeling knowing that Detroit has only 447.000 dollars in cap space left to sign its rookies. That is the lowest # in the NFL and will mean that we are going to see a lot of veterans cut to make room to sign our rookies.
I have to wonder if that isn't the reason we traded down in round 1 because we didn't have the money to sign Albert and Cherilius would be a lot cheaper.
Can you imagine next year when we draft top 5 again and have to come up with a 30 million dollar guarantee for our 1st pick. We'll be dropping veterans left and right to come up with the money. Isn't it great how having a GM of Millen's ability impacts every facet of our organization.

Prowler
05-02-2008, 09:01 AM
if i'm not mistaken, we're getting a lot more cap space next year due to the cuts that we already made this year, so we should have some room to maneuver next year. after that, hopefully there is no salary cap imposed on nfl teams and a rookie salary structure in the next few years.

Maybe Next Year Millen2
05-02-2008, 09:42 AM
Well we will get 4 million dollars of money on June 1st when Kalimba officially comes of our books. So we are 447,000 now but in a month we will be at 4,447,000. This should be enough to sign our draft picks.

And yes 15 million will be off the books next year. Dead money. The dead money is because we cut/traded so many starters this year. When you do that, you'll have a ton of dead money. Woody,Bryant,Rogers,Kennedy,Kevin Jones, and then some lesser players.

There not be a lot of difference between Alberts and Cherlius salary. Pick 15 slot and Pick 17 are both fairly cheap compared to top 5 picks and free agent money.

And the 30 million for a top 5 pick is allocated over 6 years. So we would have to use 5 million of the cap on a top 5 pick bonus.

Oh and Millen doesn't deal with the cap. That is done by Tom Lewand. He was here before Millen. He even did Barrys final contract.

detknowitall
05-02-2008, 10:38 AM
Let not forget that signing the rookies isnt a big impact on the cap THIS YEAR. The signings will come out of the allocated rookie pool. Current cap is unaffected.

Maybe Next Year Millen2
05-02-2008, 12:35 PM
Let not forget that signing the rookies isnt a big impact on the cap THIS YEAR. The signings will come out of the allocated rookie pool. Current cap is unaffected.

The rookie pool is part of the cap. It effects us this year but usually rookies have low base salaries in their rookie year and their bonus is just allocated evenly over the length of their contract. 4 million will be enough to sign everyone considering how low we picked for once.