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A little cap space, and potential vets

Posted by Darren Urban on May 11, 2016 – 2:14 pm

The Cardinals have signed everyone. Their six draft picks are under contract and they have their current 90-man roster. Any moves from here have to be one-for-one on the roster, and whether they impact the offseason salary cap would depend on who they bring in (A reminder: Only the top 51 count against the cap until the first week of the regular season.)

As of Wednesday, the NFLPA website has the Cardinals with about $4.9 million in cap space and the most current contracts in the league (91 — which includes the suspended Daryl Washington.) That’s not a ton of room, although, as always, there are moves that can be made to create space if needed. Many have asked if the Cardinals are going to sign a veteran cornerback (Jerraud Powers most often comes up) or vet pass rusher Dwight Freeney. I could still see either, but at this point, I’d expect it to be one of those Keim Time deals around camp for minimum or close to it, if it were to happen.

In the meantime, I’d think the Cardinals will use the offseason work of OTAs and minicamp to figure out if there is a big need at either of those spots, or perhaps a veteran backup offensive tackle. To bring in a vet means one less spot for a young player. If you believe in the two cornerbacks you just drafted, for instance, it’s much harder to keep both on the roster if a guy like Powers comes back.

The Cardinals also have to figure within the cap any potential contract extensions, which could add to the cap crunch (Tyrann Mathieu) or ease it (Calais Campbell), although Kent Somers noted no new deals are close.


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16 Responses to “A little cap space, and potential vets”

  1. By Bryan on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    At what point do they finally cut ties with DWash? Would that free up any cap space?

  2. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Bryan —

    RE: DWash

    I’m not sure at this point. Might have to ride it out.

  3. By Sam Gordon on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Dont pass on the badger. Or Calais. Thatd be insane

  4. By barry on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Why haven’t we cut ties with guys like Daryl Washington? At this point, I wouldn’t think there would be a need for him with the younger guys on the team..also wouldn’t that create more cap space?

    pardon the dumb question

    BMH

  5. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Barry —

    RE: DWash

    He does not take a roster spot while suspended. As for cap space, again, his bonus money counts whether he is cut or not.

  6. By Mr. Know it All on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Hey DUrban,

    I remember when Ricky Williams had to comback and play or give back
    millions.

    You have heard this question about DWash before.
    Why can’t the
    Cards recover some of the millions they gave him?

  7. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Mr. Know —

    RE: DWash money

    That’s been part of the plan, I believe: http://blog.azcardinals.com/2014/05/30/cutting-washington-doesnt-make-sense-now/

  8. By georgiebird on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Great tribute to Roy Green and his place now in the Ring of Honor. I’ve seen all the Cardinals and Roy was the best. In Paul Calvisi’s narration of Roy’s highlighta, I think he may have misspoke. He said that Roy’s 1984 season was the 3rd best in NFL history at that time. I think it may have been the best NFL season. Both Charlie Hennigan and Lance Alworth had more yardage but I believe it was in the old AFL prior to inclusion in the NFL.

  9. By Berdj Rassam on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    The Catds are so close to being in the Big Dance – it’s going to take making some sound and judicious moves with what little cap space they have to get them in a strong position to make it there.

  10. By jerrytown on May 12, 2016 | Reply

    Darren, does excess cap space at the end of the year roll over to the following season?

  11. By Darren Urban on May 12, 2016 | Reply

    jerrytown —

    RE: Cap space

    If a team chooses to do that — and why wouldn’t they — yes it does.

  12. By Scott H on May 12, 2016 | Reply

    This team has so much talent right now….good thing, but trying to pay everyone….another story, and it usually turns out that in the NFL, you just can’t keep everyone. But I prefer it this way over times we’ve encountered in the past where we would be financially strapped ( no room under the cap to work with ) and I would look at our roster and wonder where the talent was that we were spending all our money on! Because it didn’t seem like we had much!

    Yet another guage for measuring how much things have changed with this organization in recent years.

    So much better to look at the roster and wonder how we are going to keep all these great players than look at it and think we’re spending all this money for THIS??? 🙂

  13. By Aman Sodhi` on May 12, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,
    do we know what the status of D Wash ? Where he is, what shape and any possibility of coming back.. Based on pure football skills, he was awesome..just very dumb to throw it all away

  14. By Darren Urban on May 12, 2016 | Reply

    Aman —

    RE: DWash

    He is suspended. I don’t have any reason to see that changing.

  15. By Scott H on May 12, 2016 | Reply

    Berdj –

    Go Catds!!

    Sorry, couldn’t resist that, bro. That was an amusing spelling error!

  16. By CARDS62 on May 12, 2016 | Reply

    Thanks for the salary cap update Darren. We are in a little better shape than I thought for 2016 season. Steve Keim has some room to work some 1 year magic to help us reach the Super Bowl plus then have the funds back for 2017 contracts which is going to be a very difficult year for us.

    Go Cards!

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