Here’s a tip of the cap to the…cap
As first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL’s salary cap in 2014 is projected to be at $130 million, up approximately $7 million from a year ago. That means a lot of good things for a lot of players and especially for teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Spotrac (subscription required), those two teams still need to make some decisions to even get under the elevated cap.
Back to the players, who hope to cash in this offseason being some clubs will have a little more moola at their disposal. Still, teams will look to make the most of their money and hence, the idea here is to project a little bargain-hunting.
What constitutes a bargain? A player that has not lived up to expectations who looks to start over elsewhere or perhaps a veteran who has made his money but can still help a team in his latter NFL years.
For our purposes, we will assume that each of the 32 teams will sign at least one unrestricted free agent or one recent cap casualty (also known as a "street" free agent) from another team. In the case of the latter, the club could sign that player immediately since their contract has been terminated.
So let’s take a look at some possible options for each club in their attempt to fill a hole, add some depth or provide a little insurance should one of their own standout performers opt for greener pastures.
Finally, here’s another thank you to Spotrac for their free-agent lists. As for some of the other on-the-field statistics in this piece, we have once again enlisted the aid of Pro Football Focus (subscription required).