Originally Posted by Texian
As for Gosder Cherilus you mistakenly miss the point. You're right about the salary cap being higher in the last 2 years of the contract. Where you missed is if Cherilus is cut in those last 2 years there is a substantial salary cap savings. Over 65% of Cherilus dead money is in the first 2 years of the contract. If Gosder is cut in yr4 it's a $5 mil cap savings and yr 5 is a $7.9 mil cap savings.
D'Quell Jackson is another example of the Colts using the pay as you go method instead of borrowing from tomorrow. If Jackson is cut after his first 2 years the dead money is only $500K and the cap savings is $5 mil.
Gosder Cherilus - net cap savings after 2nd season.
D'Quell Jackson - after 2nd season.
Matt Schaub - after 2nd season.
Brian Cushing - after 3rd season.
Danieal Manning - after 2nd season.
Owen Daniels - after 2nd season.
JJo - dead even in 3rd, net savings after.
Arian Foster - after 2nd season.
Duane Brown - after 3rd season.
Chris Myers - after 2nd season.
Looks like you are exaggerating the difference.