It appears the Texans will have the option
to carryover 2.4 million in capspace from 2012. That money can be used in 2013 and beyond, so long as it is designated to be carried over each year. I use word "option" because as you may recall, last year the Texans reportedly had 1 million in excess cap space that for whatever reason, Rick Smith and company didn't seem to think was worth the effort to retain. 2011 carryover link
I hope Rick hires an intern to fill out the paperwork this year, because skipping out on 2.4 million in capspace is inexcusable. There are no consequences for carryover space, it does not figure into the salary cap floor requirement of 89%, you are not required to spend it, and it can be carried over every single year.
[Editor's note: The 2011 labor deal allows teams to carry over unused salary-cap space. Or to not carry it over. Listed below is the cap adjustment that is available to each team. Unless otherwise noted, the entire amount comes from cap money that can be carried over. The Cowboys and Redskins have net cap reductions based on $5 million and $18 million in cap penalties, respectively, for the 2013 league year. These numbers do not reflect availavle cap space but the amount of extra (or for the Cowboys and Redskins reduced) cap space over (or below) the unadjusted cap number, which is expected to be in the vicinity of $121 million per team.]
Eagles: $23.0 million.
Jaguars: $21.1 million ($19.5 million carryover).
Browns: $14.3 million.
Broncos: $14.1 million ($11.5 million carryover).
Chiefs: $14.0 million.
Seahawks: $13.2 million.
Titans: $12.8 million.
Bengals: $10.2 million ($8.5 million carryover).
Buccaneers: $10.1 million ($8.5 million carryover).
Bills: $9.8 million.
Vikings: $9.6 million ($8 million carryover).
Packers: $7.0 million.
Patriots: $5.6 million.
Dolphins: $5.3 million.
Raiders: $4.5 million.
Panthers: $3.6 million.
Cardinals: $3.6 million.
Colts: $3.5 million.
Jets: $3.4 million.
Bears: $3.2 million.
Saints: $2.7 million.
Texans: $2.4 million.
Steelers: $1.4 million ($758,000 carryover).
Falcons: $1.3 million ($300,000 carryover).
Ravens: $1.1 million.
Giants: $1 million.
Cowboys: minus-$2.67 million ($2.33 million carryover).
Redskins: minus-$13.8 million ($4.27 million carryover).