Colledge move now frees cap space

Posted by Darren Urban on June 2, 2014 – 7:12 am

This is one way you can maneuver through the salary cap as long as you are patient and have a little flexibility. The news came out March 8 that the Cardinals would be releasing Daryn Colledge a couple of days from then and designating him a June 1 release. Teams are allowed a couple of the pre-June 1 “June 1” cuts every year if they so choose. What it means is that the team can release a player immediately but still spread the “dead money” cap hit over the next two years. The catch is that the team has to carry the player’s entire 2014 salary cap charge — or at least, what it was going to be — until actually June 1, before the benefit kicks in.

In Colledge’s case, the Cardinals were carrying his 2014 cap charge of $7.275 million all the way through June. (Since June 1 was Sunday, the “June 1” cut didn’t become official until today.) With the arrival of June, Colledge now costs the Cardinals only $2.275 million on the cap this year, and will cost another $2.275M of dead money in 2015. That means just by time passage the Cardinals pick up another $5 million of cap space today (which Jason at covers nicely here.)

The NFLPA website listed the Cards at around $4.5 million of salary cap room going into the weekend, so the Cardinals should be around $9.5 million of cap space now. They still have to sign No. 1 draft pick Deone Bucannon, but there is a decent amount of wiggle room to make whatever moves necessary — including, you’d figure, the addition of a veteran inside linebacker in light of the Daryl Washington suspension.

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  1. By Andy kw on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Here are players we could consider:
    ILB: Jonathan Vilma (2yr 3.7M)
    When he is healthy, this guy plays as if he is one of the best in the league.
    OT: Eric Winston (1yr 1.5M)
    I know that he is not the best RT in the NFL but he provides more stability to our OL
    S: Eric Reed (1yr 1.2M)
    This guy would be a nice mentor to Deone Bucannon and Tony Jefferson. Yes he is a Free Safety but his knowledge of the game cannot be denied.

  2. By B-Day on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Do you mean Ed Reed? Eric Reid plays for San Francisco and is still under contract.

  3. By Angel G on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Eric Reed!? he is available?

  4. By Marlin on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Trade Housler – get a pick. Trade a pick for an ILB. Use extra cap space to extend Dan Williams and maybe another.

  5. By wilyb on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren – What impact, if any, does the Daryl Washington suspension have on the cap?

  6. By Darren Urban on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Wilyb —

    RE: Washington cap

  7. By Andy kw on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry, Ed Reed haha 😀

  8. By br on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    THREE times I have tried to post a response with the usual lengthy respones with reasons and THREE times my internet goes kaboom and I lose the post!
    So sorry Andy kw {you know I like to gives reasons and explain my reponses in detail, figure it is only proper than just a short yes/no blurb.
    So here goes one last attempt, very abbreviated…
    J. Vilma- think the Cards are over bountygate and all would be forgiven in locker room?
    E. Winston- Yes, yes and yes. If he hasnt priced himself out of Cardinals assigned value for him? I’m one of the few that #1 think that Sowell will be fine at RT #2 Thinks that Massie is in same boat as Housler, both have worlds of so called potential, and every year we hear ” this is going to be their breakout year” and it never happens. #3 Both Massie and Housler need to be cut at the end of training camp if they dont have monster camps and just blow everyone away in preseason (Ballard is far and away better TE). #4 Damn I wish Z. Martin would have fallen just a tad further in 1st rd, he would have been the answer at either RG/RT for the next decade!
    Eric Reed – Dont know enough about him honestly, so I will refrain from comment.
    Here are some more to ponder:
    Pat Angerer/ILB
    Ernie Sims/ILB&OLB- like his versatility plus should come cheap, has played alot more OLB, but filled in at ILB and didnt do all that bad, no LOS or Dwash (darn you Dwash!) but with our Dline he could excel as well. Plus scour the waiver wire after preseason for any surprise ILB studs that are cut.
    As well here are two bonus thoughts to ponder…(be forewarned, these are coming from way out of leftfield, but desperate men resort to desperate measures!) Anyway, here goes…anybody heard of any possible talents in the CFL worth a look? Or the NFL supplemental draft have any possibilities?
    One last thought, D. Buchanon moving to ILB as a hybrid type, he is known for smashmouth football, I know he would be very small but he would also be very fast and could elude most of those big Olinemen coming at him, and TB could add some schemes into the playbook to compensate, obviously a huge reach, but if we cant find any veteran help maybe its worth a look?? Thoughts Anyone??? (boy this should be interesting! Keep the vulgar names to a minimum please..I have been married twice, so I have heard all the names fellas!! LOL)

  9. By br on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply


    P.Angerer – if he can stay HEALTHY could provide depth, and still relatively young. But that is a big IF on the health issue

    D. Buchanon – Obviously the move to ILB would be temporary, and he would only be ILB on run downs. Obvious passing situations he would do his thing as SS on those pesty TE we couldnt cover last yr, plus with him as hybrid ILB TB could have Honey Badger on the field every down. It would only be until we could draft a stud ILB in 2015 or sign a veteran stud ILB FA in 2015, hopefully the Cards get every penny of Dwash’s bonus, and are able to cut him after this season with no cap penalty! (not likely, but it is worth a shot to at least file both grievances)

  10. By Michael Scott on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    I think he meant ed reed

  11. By Dr. G. on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    AndyKw –
    At one point, I was in favor of Winston playing again for the Cards, but now I would encourage Keim to decline based upon Winston’s new NFLPA position as President. It would appear to become a serious distraction to a full-time field effort….just sayin’……. later…

  12. By Mattmann on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    I think he meant Ed Reed.

  13. By Mike Ellingboe on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Not to burst anybody’s bubble, but we’re not going to be able to trade our way out of losing Washington. The select few ILB’s of his caliber aren’t on the trading block, and there isn’t any reason for teams to make trades when they know training camp cuts are around the corner. This now falls squarely into Bowles’s lap, not Keim’s. He’ll have to work overtime on match-ups and scheme adjustments, but fortunately we’re so strong everywhere else that it should be our only obvious area of weakness.

  14. By Andy kw on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    I would love to see Kevin Minter as the starter. I think he could end up having Elvis Dumervil like production. He might be small for his position but he has a lot of upside. Kevin Minter will have many chances to pressure the QB. The other side remains a question though.
    -If Minter is right about Larry Foote, I would love to see him as the starter along side Minter. Lets bring in Jonathan Vilma for a visit. Ernie Sims and Jonathan Vilma are strong candidates for the vacant role next to Kevin Minter. I wouldn’t mind seeing Foote as the starter just as long as he is healthy and is productive.

  15. By br on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Minter is pretty much penned in as one starter at ILB…the day LOS took the money and ran to Cleveland, the job became Minters to lose.
    With our overall defense and TB’s schemes we dont need to replace Dwash with another superstar, a solid every down veteran will work {this time of year it has to work, as stated in another post players the caliber of Dwash are not going to be traded, plus they are few and far btwn}
    I hope our #1 priority for next years draft just became best ILB available, which it should be after the Cards cut Dwash, goodbye, and good luck, dont let the door hit you in the azz on your way out Mr Washington!

  16. By Mike Ellingboe on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply


    To start, no, you can’t bounce a player from Linebacker to Safety based on down and distance. Think of that idea in reverse, that’s like asking why we don’t try Minter at Safety. I think we all have high hopes for Bucannon at SS, no reason to try and move him to a position that would require a minimum of a 15-20lb weight gain, (immediately). Plus, if we do that we’ve traded one issue for another. Who do you bring in that would project better at SS than a first round pick?

    The Washington situation sucks, no sugarcoating it but moving guys around to completely unfamiliar positions would only compound the issue. Our D-Line and Secondary look phenomenal right now, and the OLB’s should be solid. With Minter, one ILB position at least looks promising. The other side? It’s been downgraded, significantly. That isn’t going to change, at least not this year.

  17. By Cheese on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Wondering if you could clear something up for me re: Washington’s suspension. Do you know/have the Cardinals asked why Washington got a full season’s suspension while NY’s Will Hill only got 6 games, even though he was nailed last season for failing drug tests and was in the same program as Washington? Trying to figure out why the standard would be different from one player to another.


  18. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Cheese —

    RE: Hill vs Washington

    I do not know. I am guessing the Cardinals probably wouldn’t know either. Given that everything around such things are supposed to be confidential, even if the Cards know every detail of Washington’s situation (which, unless Washington is willing to tell them, they may not) they won’t know the details of Hill.

    I do seem to recall that at least one of Hill’s violations was for the performance enhancing and not substance abuse, so perhaps that plays into it.

  19. By krehbieo14 on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    The Cards have a well-rounded team with good chemistry. They will figure out what they need to do defensively to compensate for this loss. No one player is indespensible to a team that has many quality moving parts. In the mean time, I say sic your lawyers on Washington’s bonus!

  20. By Louisville Card on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Your new article on the home page makes reference to the cards using a safety in the sub packages inplace of where Washington would’ve been. With that being said, should we expect to see a lot of Jefferson this year? It seems like a perfect fit for him?

  21. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Jefferson

    He’s been getting a lot of reps. But we will see how Bucannon does. And the reps have come with a) Mathieu out, b) Rashad Johnson missing a chunk with a minor injury and c) now Bucannon sitting with a turf toe.

  22. By infitzwetrust on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    Considering the ties big Bruce has with the Steelers, would it be too farfetched to think James Harrison could be considered?

    Even though he plays outside, how unlikely would it be for someone who’s played outside to transition inside and find success?

  23. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    infitz —

    RE: Harrison

    I don’t see Harrison coming.

  24. By Patrick on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    How does $2,275 (2013) + $2.275 (2014) = $7.275 (cap charge)?

  25. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: Cap charge

    It doesn’t. When you do the June 1 rule, you carry the cap number a guy was supposed to have — which includes pro-rated signing bonus, salary and offseason bonuses he was supposed to get (but didn’t because he was cut.)

  26. By CreditCard on Jun 2, 2014 | Reply

    The season has not even started. I’m guessing Kiem and Co are working in the back room looking for trade possibilities, free agency etc…

    I believe the O-line still a bigger concern and ILB. Cooper is untested. Fanaka was at best average, Sowell had problems, Massie can’t learn, Watford is untested. How do we know if Veldheer can work with Cooper. Can Sendlien work well with basically 2 rookies on each side, etc…

    If the O-line morphs into what we think it can, the offensive will score more points and control the clock. Two ILB’s will not be used that much, if the Cards have a lead, and are forcing the opponent to play catch-up.

  27. By Andy kw on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Will Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer compete for the backup role behind Andre Ellington?

  28. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: RBs


  29. By Rugbymuffin on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Cardinals should trade Rob Housler and a condition pick to the Oakland Raiders for Kevin Burnett, ILB

    That is all.

  30. By William Barry on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Kevin Minter will surprise here….He has great talent!!!!! Lets see him work his magic before we make any rash decisions.

  31. By Scott H on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Marlin –

    RE: Trade Housler, get a pick

    Dude, what do you think you are going to get for Housler in a trade??? Seriously. Consider this view – if Housler plays for any other team and has had exactly the same career that he’s had to this point, do you think you would even know who he is??? You wouldn’t. Why would you? And this is a guy you think has any real trade value? It’s easy to think a player has value because he plays for your team and YOU have paid attention to him. That doesn’t mean another team is going to give you what YOU think he should be worth.

  32. By Mike Ellingboe on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply


    I’d be good with that, being that it’s the Raiders anything is possible, as they were already kind enough to basically hand Palmer and Veldheer over to us.

  33. By hminus on Jun 4, 2014 | Reply

    Sure that Keim will be working feverishly to pick-up another linebacker thru any means necessary,(trade/FA signing or final cuts,)something else will get done to hedge our bets & put us in the best possible position going forward.

  34. By Ray ray on Jun 6, 2014 | Reply

    Bring back Adrain Wilson and make him a ILB

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