Does anyone remember a time when i actually knew a thing or two about the salary cap? I had almost every contract sorted out and in the spreadsheet and wrote about it once in while.
I stopped several years ago, mostly because chasing the information got to be too much of a hassle and then we actually had a year WITHOUT a cap (unless you're the Redskins or Cowboys).
In 2011 we brought it back, and then something else happened: getting the information has become easier.
Thanks to Rotoworld and Spotrac, you can find out just about everything about every contract. Also, thanks to the fixed rookie deals, many contracts have become easier to track. Time was high draft picks had mulit-tiered bonuses and Deion rules and crap that made the math wacky. That time has ended for the time being at least. Now we can ALL be cap experts if we care enough to take the time.
So today, I went back to see if I could figure it out.
There is an unofficial report (Clayton, I think) that has the Seahawks going into 2013 with $18.3M in available cap. This includes a carryover from 2012 of $13.2M. I went and added it all up and BINGO I figured our available cap going into 2013 at $18.3M! Coincidence?? Probably!!
The thing to watch before free agency starts is who the "cap casualties" might be. My only near-certain casualty is Obomanu, who has a base salary in 2013 of $2.3M. If he's cut, the available cap goes to nearly $20M.
The other thing to watch is Zach Miller has a $11M cap figure. There may be ways to bring that down a little, but not much.
I will attempt to stay on top of this during the off-season. Or else, I might just get frustrated and give up. We'll see!!!