Cap space and roster churn

Posted by Darren Urban on September 10, 2013 – 4:03 pm

GM Steve Keim has said many times he will continue to churn the roster at the bottom if necessary, and I have no doubt that will happen. But there are also financial restraints in the form of the salary cap that have to be accounted for too when it comes to player moves.

Right now, the Cardinals are confirmed to have slightly more than $4 million in salary cap space. Most players (if not all) signed from this point forward will be for minimum contracts, and will have minimum impact on the salary cap (and if they are signed and another guy cut, it may end up a virtual cap wash.) With that small amount of space too, it limits contract extensions in season.

(In fact, as noted, it may be a slow year for in-season extensions across the league because of tight cap space.)

Who would be in line for an in-season extension? There are plenty of guys under one-year deals, but judging both by value and a potential future, of the players due to be unrestricted free agents after the season, I could see guard Paul Fanaika, tight end Jim Dray, tackle Eric Winston or defensive end/linebacker Matt Shaughnessy. That doesn’t mean they all will (or any of them, for that matter) or even that we are talking about giant contracts. But I wouldn’t be shocked. It’ll depend on how they play too.

Of course, the big extension everyone is expecting/waiting on is one for cornerback Patrick Peterson. The Cards can’t start those talks until the day after the regular season based on the CBA and Peterson’s need to be three years into his career (the 49ers have the same thing going on with Colin Kaepernick right now.) But he’ll be extended, probably to a pretty rich deal, and he’ll be the defensive cornerstone guy like Larry Fitzgerald has been the guy on the offensive side.



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11 Responses to “Cap space and roster churn”

  1. By D on Sep 10, 2013 | Reply

    I would rank Rashard M #1, then M. Shaughnessy 2nd, then Fanaika 3rd. If Massie doesn’t fit in the future’s plans…then I would put E. Winston as #1 priority…

  2. By andystandsup on Sep 10, 2013 | Reply

    Will the much awaited TV contracts come into effect boosting the cap?
    And if so, league will do an incremental release, not all at once, correct?

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 10, 2013 | Reply

    Andystands —

    RE: Cap increase

    It’s my understanding that there will not be a giant jump in the cap like in the past, even with the new TV deal.

  4. By Steve on Sep 10, 2013 | Reply

    Darren: A little off topic but does Michael Bidwill have final say on contracts and the hiring/firing of coaches,ect or does the elder Bidwill still have the deciding approval in these matters to the best of your knowledge?

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 10, 2013 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Bidwills

    At this point, Michael is running the organization.

  6. By Dr. G. on Sep 10, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, Monitored the blog earlier today. There is limited commentary anywhere on the super job you’re doing… seems like you are everywhere all the time, and with some sarcastic wit, it was very entertaining… Also, saw and listened to the interview with Wolf. That was excellent, and he managed to keep the Vaudeville stuff to a reasonable degree. Kudos and be well….

  7. By Jaysel on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, where is the info, or if you can tell me the info for players that are practice squad eligible. What are the rules for them to be able to be put in the practice squad?

  8. By Darren Urban on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    Jaysel —

    RE: PS

    I will try to do a post on that soon.

  9. By georgiebird on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    The Cardinals would be ill-advised to do much to the roster this year. Let’s see how the year plays out. If things should turn for the worse, there are several teams playing the 4-3 that would love to have DD.
    Main goal of this year has to be:
    1) Closing the performance gap between ourselves and the 49ers/S-hawks
    2) staying ahead of the Rams.

    Don’t discount the fact that besides the talent of the players, one could argue that three of the five best coaches in the league reside in this division- Jim Harbaugh, Carroll and Fisher. A lot to overcome- no Singletary, Haslett or Spagnuolo in the group. Tough assignment for BA; it will take time.

  10. By Chuck 1 on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply


    An excellent post.
    I’ve written a few times that it will take Keim and BA a couple of years of good drafts and FA acquisitions to win the Division.

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