Rolling over cap space for 2017

Posted by Darren Urban on January 18, 2017 – 1:57 pm

Each year, teams have the option (and why they wouldn’t use it boggles the mind) to roll over any unused salary cap space from the current season on to next year’s cap. It is helpful, of course, buying a little more space with which to use the following season. The NFL Players Association released the list of each team’s rollover money for 2017 Wednesday. The Cardinals have slightly more than $4.4 million they are carrying over for 2017, which just means they will tack on $4.4M to whatever the salary cap is this season.

That number has yet to be set (although reports have it going from $155M to between $166M and $170M). Until then, it’s tough to know how much cap space the Cards will have going into the offseason. It’s safe to say the Cardinals won’t have a ton to spend, not with their own free agents they are trying to retain and the raises others are due this coming season.

The $4.4M rollover is the second-largest amount in the NFC West. The Rams have only $305,000 or so, and the Seahawks are at $2.07M. But the 49ers rolled over a massive amount — $38.7M — which will give them a ton of room to play with. (Amazingly, that’s not the most rolled over in the NFL. The Jaguars are rolling over $39.3M, and the Browns are rolling over a whopping $50.1M. Of course, you have to have places to spend that cap space to make it mean anything.)

Figuring out exact cap space is always a tricky thing, although the NFLPA does attempt to release the information when the new league year (and free agency) starts. It’s frequently a moving target, especially in the offseason with the top 51.


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7 Responses to “Rolling over cap space for 2017”

  1. By Brandon on Jan 18, 2017 | Reply

    Darren, how are teams able to save to much money for roll-over? I thought under the CBA teams had to use like 90% of their salary cap or something like that?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jan 18, 2017 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: Cap space

    You have to spend that on average over a four-year period. Not sure how you end up with so much space, but that’s for brighter minds than myself.

  3. By D on Jan 18, 2017 | Reply

    I believe Mr. Keim should be able to work some magic with roughly $40 mil of cap space in 2017, counting releasing DWash.

    Clearly, not even close to the Browns, Jags or SF who could come along and money whip C. Campbell, T. Jefferson and J. Gresham if they choose…which would force Keim and CO to plan B.

  4. By CardsNation on Jan 18, 2017 | Reply


    Is it true that that Cardinals have roughly 35-45 millions of cap space to spend in 2017, including the rollover money?

  5. By Darren Urban on Jan 18, 2017 | Reply

    CardsNation —

    RE: Cap space

    Don’t know yet, as I said in the above post. Which is why I wrote it.

    First, the cap has to be set. And space itself doesn’t matter much if not contrasted with how many are on the roster. If they clear a bunch of cap space but don’t re-sign a bunch of starters, that has to be taken into account to fill the roster back up.

  6. By Scott H on Jan 19, 2017 | Reply

    Is it me or would there seem to be an obvious correlation between the amount of a team’s salary cap roll over and how lousy the team is?? The teams with the most roll over are the Browns, 49ers, Jaguars….any questions?

  7. By SeeingRed on Jan 21, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H-

    Shhh….stop thinking and go back to sleep. The NFL thinks we’re too stupid to notice such things.

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