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Old 03-08-2014   #143
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Default Re: Texans' Cap space......and the rest of the League

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I think the best way to get out of cap hell is the process used by the Colts in 2012 season. The Colts knowing they were in cap hell dumped all their bad contracts and dead money in to the 2012 season. As a result the Colts were $40 million under the cap in 2013 and are $40 million under the cap this year. Currently the Colts sit $75 million under the cap in 2015. Sure makes it hard for another team to compete against those $$$.
That's one way to look at it. If we make Schaub a June 1st cut, we'll be $40M under the cap in 2015... We are currently $80M under the cap for 2016. I think what you are seeing is a changing of the guard, where the Colts are parting ways with players from the old regime, as they build for the new.

Same thing happened to us 3 years ago, only difference is that Marvin Harris decided to retire & we didn't have anyone to step into Andre's place.



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What the Homers and sore losers are going to say is the Colts have spent and are spending their money unwisely. The actual truth of the matter and facts show the Colts are Division Champs and have $40 million to spend to get even better.

What the Colts are doing now is front loading their contracts and protecting themselves from cap hell.
Gosder Cherilus was given a $14M signing bonus & his first two years salary are $1M & $1M..... his 2015 salary will be $4M & he'll get paid $7M for 2016 & 2017. How's that front loaded?

I wonder what they plan on doing with Robert Mathis.

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It is very hard for the Texans to compete against a team that has over $80 to spend over two years when the Texans only have $10 million to spend. That's a lot of good new players vs only 1 or 2 new players. Let's see if the Texans have learned their lesson. Do they take all their dead money in 2014 or do they push as much as they can to 2015 and continue with the ill-fated processes of restructuring contracts and back loading contracts.

The lesson they need to learn is how to get the most out of their players. The "bad contracts" you are talking about are Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, Johnathan Joseph, Arian Foster, Duane Brown, Chris Myers, Owen Daniels, Daniel Manning, Brian Cushing, Kareem Jackson, Jj Watt, Shane Lecler, & Whitney Mercilus. In that order.

We could cut Andre, Matt, Jjo, & Arian & gain money towards the cap. The only thing bad about those contracts is that only one of those guys played like they should have a big contract in 2013 & 2014.

We can cut Myers & OD & gain money towards the cap. Again, Myers earned his money. Owen is the best TE we have on the roster, when healthy, he's worth his money.

We can cut Karrem & Lecler & gain money towards the cap, but both of those guys earned their money (Kareem made some bone headed mistakes, but he's cheap for a starting corner).

We can cut Jj & it would be net neutral, neither gain or lose. I shouldn't have to tell you how much sense that does not make.

Cutting Brian Cushing & Duane Brown are the only contracts that would hurt us "cap wise" They're the only ones I can think of that could be considred "bad contracts" Because all the other ones are a net positive.

Duane Brown may not have played up to expectations, but we gave us a hometown discount when we signed him & he definitely played up to that level, so it doesn't make sense to cut him.

Brian Cushing did not contribute as much as his contract would suggest, but not because he couldn't play at that level.... he was playing pretty well, before he got hurt. This injury being an LCL (& not an ACL or Achilles) we can expect Cushing to come back & be the man we're paying him to be... so it would make no sense cutting him.

The Colts will be signing "their" guys soon enough, & they will be in "cap hell." What they are doing now, is being cautious & frugal with their FA signings, just like we were until we signed Jjo & DMan.

They'll continue to give out $15M+ signing bonuses, backloading contracts as long as it makes sense.

What we can't do is pay Andre the same way we're paying Andre & pay Jj the way everyone wants to pay him.
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