For the past several years, I’ve attempted to keep track of the Tennessee Titans salary cap situation. The NFL doesn’t necessarily want you to have this information, so getting accurate numbers from publicly-available information is a non-trivial task. The following numbers should be considered estimates only and should be relied on at your own risk. Numbers in italics in particular should be regarded as educated guesses. Use of 1 represents an unknown non-zero quantity.
|Adibi, Xavier||Salary||$ 700,000||Added to active roster Week 8|
|Amano, Eugene||Salary||3,182,500||On Injured Reserve|
|Roster Bonus?||500,000||Guess based on reported 2012 cap amount|
|Baldridge, Daniel||Salary||465,000||Added to active roster Week 14|
|Ball, Dave||Salary||825,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Roster Bonus||0||Per-game bonus, will not be paid|
|Barden, Brandon||Salary||390,000||Added to active roster Week 15|
|Britt, Kenny||Salary||755,000||Suspended Week 1|
|Brown, Tony||Signing Bonus||1||Dead Money|
|Clayton, Zach||Signing Bonus||27,500||Dead Money|
|Cook, Jared||Salary||615,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Curran, Rennie||Signing Bonus||322,200||Dead Money|
|Dawson, Keyunta||Salary||700,000||On Injured Reserve, cap charge likely $540,000|
|DeVan, Kyle||Salary||615,000||Active roster yo-yo beginning Week 9|
|Diles, Zac||Salary||700,000||On Injured Reserve, cap charge likely $540,000|
|Douzable, Leger||Salary||700,000||On Injured Reserve, cap charge likely $540,000|
|Durand, Ryan||540,000||Injury Settlement|
|Egboh, Pannel||Salary||390,000||Spent 7 weeks on active roster|
|Evans, Darren||Salary||465,000||Added to active roster Week 9, on Injured Reserve|
|Graham, Daniel||Signing Bonus||666,667||Dead Money|
|Haye, Jovan||Signing Bonus||1,000,000||Dead Money|
|Hutchinson, Steve||Salary||2,000,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Signing Bonus 1||50,000||2008 contract|
|Option Bonus||966,000||2008 contract|
|Signing Bonus 2||2,000,000||2011 extension|
|Johnson, Robert||Salary||540,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Signing Bonus||95,000||Dead Money|
|Kropog, Troy||Salary||540,000||Cut after Week 1|
|Signing Bonus||101,125||Dead Money|
|Lutui, Deuce||Salary||700,000||Added to active roster Week 2|
|Malast, Kevin||Salary||465,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Mariani, Marc||Salary||540,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Signing Bonus||22,455||2009 rookie deal|
|Signing Bonus 2||1,800,000||2012 extension|
|McRath, Gerald||Salary||615,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Mooney, Collin||Salary||390,000||Added to active roster Week 13, cut Week 14|
|Roster Bonus||115,000||Possibly workout-related|
|Petrus, Mitch||Salary||540,000||Added to active roster Week 14|
|Preston, Michael||Salary||390,000||Added to active roster Week 14|
|Ringer, Javon||Salary||615,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Smith, Shaun||Signing Bonus||500,000||Dead Money|
|Stewart, David||Salary||5,000,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Watkins, Alex||Salary||390,000||On Injured Reserve|
|Wheatley, Terrence||108,529||Injury Settlement|
|Wilson, Tracy||Salary||465,000||Added to active roster Week 9|
|Wynn, Jarius||Salary||615,000||Added to active roster Week 10|
|UDFA Bonus Amount||75,528||Estimate|
Guide to Notes
- Dead Money: If a player is cut by an NFL team before the termination of his existing contract, any guaranteed money, particularly signing bonus, remains on the books and counts against the salary cap.
- Estimate: The amount is estimated. For the UDFA Bonus Amount row, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement imposed a maximum aggregate bonus amount to rookie undrafted free agents of $75,000. For 2012, that amount was raised to $76,585. The current figure is based on first-year proration for 2012 and dead money from the Titans cutting all their UDFAs in 2011, in both cases assuming the Titans spent up to the maximum. For the Missing row, that amount is calculated based on the difference between my totals for individual contracts and the reported aggregate salary cap amount.
- Injured Reserve: Player has been placed on Injured Reserve. Players placed on Injured Reserve count against the salary cap. Some players may have what are known as split contracts, where they earn a different amount on IR than they do off it, but lacking knowledge of which players, if any, those are, all players are listed at their active roster salaries.
- Total: Estimate for all players under contract. Now that we’re in the season, this is my best-faith estimate of the Titans’ salary cap total for NFL purposes. Per latest report, the Titans have about $13.0 million in salary cap room.
To make these tables more complete, these are the amounts I know are not right or do not know are right: Eugene Amano-explanation for difference between known numbers and reported 2012 cap value (confirmation of roster bonus); Patrick Bailey-salary (estimated to be exact same as similar deal signed by Tim Shaw); Tony Brown-dead money related to signing bonus from 2010 contract extension; Ryan Durand-injury settlement amount; Leroy Harris-signing bonus, if any, from 2011 contract extension (reported APY of two-year deal $3.15 million); Chris Johnson-confirmation signing bonus 1 and option bonus amount from original 2008 contract apply and explanation of approximately $400,000 difference between numbers shown and reported 2012 cap value; Brett Kern-signing and other bonus from 2011 contract extension, if any; Markelle Martin-signing bonus from May 2012 rookie deal; identification of which players on Injured Reserve, if any, are on contracts that pay them less if they are on IR; and confirmation of which players beyond Zac Diles are veterans who are on the books for less than their salary.
2012-12-15: Made three months’ worth of updates reflecting roster moves and the like. Missing updated based on report courtesy of Tom Pelissero Titans have $13.0 million in cap space.
2012-09-17: Made a whole passel of updates, including the normal spate of error corrections, but there shouldn’t be any more as I went through and cross-checked everything against what I have. Added Deuce Lutui and Kenny Britt. Updated to in-season cap total, including listing of salaries for players already cut (Troy Kropog and Pannel Egboh). Added injury settlements for Ryan Durand (assumed at full-season amount, but see Known Unknowns above) and Terrence Wheatley (reported at 3 weeks of salary, see Known Unknowns).
2012-08-31: Cutdown to 53, including a whole ton of updates, addition of salaries for the players not listed who made the 53, etc. I removed a bunch of players for whom I didn’t know a signing bonus amount that was probably marginal; any such amounts are therefore included in the total but not itemized. Updated descriptions. Updated totals and cap space accordingly.
2012-08-26: A bunch more updates, including the cuts to get down to 75 and Jason McCourty’s contract extension, which ate up about $3 million in available space. Updated total and cap space accordingly.
2012-08-19: Made a bunch of updates, accounting for new additions Chris Morris, Tracy Wilson, Michael Jasper, and Jonathan Palmer, plus the IR’ing of Eugene Amano and Alex Watkins. Updated totals and cap space, both of which will be a lot clearer once we get to cutdown day at the end of the month.
2012-07-31: Removed Jon Cooper, who retired, and the late O.J. Murdock. Pretty sure Chris Johnson attended enough offseason workouts to get his $250k, so removed that disclaimer. Added newly-signed Kendall Wright contract details and updated accordingly.
2012-07-25: Added Aaron Francisco. Would have removed Chandler Burden had I not inadvertently excluded him. Removed the previously-released Darryl Whiting. Added the inadvertently-excluded Alex Watkins. Fixed some ordering errors.
2012-07-16: I’ve seen conflicting reports on Craig Stevens’ signing bonus. Brian McIntyre indicates Stevens’ total deal was for $14.4 million, which is consistent with a $4 million, not $4.5 million, signing bonus based on the reported salaries. Adjusted Missing accordingly.
2012-06-22: Fixed Michael Griffin’s contract, which wasn’t displaying properly. Added in Jon Cooper, whom I’d accidentally neglected to add in earlier. Updated/corrected available cap space. Removed Jake Ingram and Gary Wilburn, who got cut.
2012-06-19: Added details of Michael Griffin’s new contract. Corrected Missing amount.
2012-06-12: Daniel Graham released. Total and cap space updated.
2012-06-10: Added Kyle DeVan. Found a report with the current cap situation of all NFL teams from a source I trust, so updated the Missing amount.
2012-05-22: Whoops, I forgot O.J. Murdock. Added draft picks Taylor Thompson and Scott Solomon, who reportedly agreed to terms. No info on them yet, so contract info is based on my projections (which were wrong, because I forgot to update one spreadsheet).
2012-05-21: Titans signed draft picks Markelle Martin and Zach Brown. I haven’t seen a confirmed signing bonus amount for Martin. Brown signed for exactly what I predicted he’d get, to the dollar. Terry McCormick indicated Coty Sensabaugh’s signing bonus was for my initial projection, so I’m going with that for now. Adjusted a couple other numbers I should’ve fixed long before now. I spent some more time mucking around with Missing. My head hurts, because I can’t square everything I think I know. Lowered Missing by about $1 million for reasons I’m not entirely convinced are right but still believe.
2012-05-16: Titans signed Mike Martin. Martin’s total deal was reported at $2.72 million. The negotiations for third-round picks have been complicated, in that last year some, including Jurrell Casey, received future base salaries in excess of the applicable minimum, but others apparently did not. Jim Wyatt indicated that Martin’s deal was for minimum salaries, but that doesn’t square with the deal value unless the Titans paid an out-of-slot signing bonus (unlikely) or there’s other future money (possible). Not an issue for 2012. Adjusted Sensabaugh’s signing bonus amount slightly. (Mini-update: Aaron Wilson provided Martin’s signing bonus, which was not out-of-slot.)
2012-05-15: The Titans today confirmed the previously-reported Coty Sensabaugh signing. As indicated in the notes, Sensabaugh’s total contract was for $2.5 million, which based on a standard four-year rookie contract indicates $400,000 in additional compensation (only the 4 is significant). My projection for Sensabaugh’s signing bonus was $432,000, so I’m using that as a placeholder for his actual signing bonus. I have projections for the Titans’ other rookies as well, but don’t feel like publishing them. Added Zac Diles contract information; I think it’s likely he received a small enough amount of guaranteed money to be subject for the same cap adjustment that applied to Jordan Babineaux in 2011 and that was reported to apply to Leger Douzable’s deal this year, but haven’t seen confirmation of that.
2012-05-01: Greetings, Zac Diles and Collin Mooney, and goodbye, Will Ta’ufo’ou and Lawrence Wilson. Updated draft pick language (added 4-30) with reported rookie pool amount. Added camp leg Will Batson; not going to bother with salary information for him unless I see it.
2012-04-30: Added draft picks (no rookie amount yet) and undrafted rookie free agent signings, including UDFA bonus amount. Corrected Fernando Velasco’s salary and updated Missing accordingly (he has one more credited season for salary purposes than he does accrued seasons for free agency purposes).
2012-04-17: Added Dave Ball specifics courtesy of Terry McCormick. Rotoworld indicates the roster bonus may be per-game, which is a mechanism I know Andrew Brandt has written about using when he was with the Packers. In that case, it would be roughly $15,450 per game.
2012-04-13: Added Dave Ball. Removed remaining UFAs. Clarified “Total” definition.
2012-04-07: Added Kevin Malast salary, which was incorporated in the total but which I’d neglected to update. Bye, William Hayes and Barrett Ruud. Officially decided I didn’t trust the existing Derrick Morgan numbers, which I had trouble reconciling with the rest of the contract, so I went digging around some more and found some more enlightening ones. My guess is that Morgan did not hit his LTBE playing-time incentive, but I’d need a very good source of information to confirm that. Officially decided I trusted Kenny Britt’s signing bonus amount after some more poking around. After some more mucking around using LaCanfora’s information, which I’m treating as “known good,” updated Missing amount by kicking it up around $1 million.
2012-04-03: Added Tim Shaw and Leger Douzable. Shaw received the same aggregate deal as Patrick Bailey, so I am tentatively assuming Bailey’s annual salaries are the same as what Jim Wyatt reported Shaw is getting. No financial info on Douzable that I’ve seen. Updated Missing amount based on LaCanfora’s March 30 reported total and other known information. Sooner or later I’ll do a writeup on the Titans’ overall cap situation, including my guesstimate of the rookie pool amount.
2012-03-31: Kam Wimbley salary confirmed. Removed Donnie Avery. Formatting fixes. Updated reported official cap total. Table updates coming later.
2012-03-20: Welcome, Kamerion Wimbley. Contract info courtesy of Adam Caplan. Salary estimate based on reported total first year compensation less signing bonus.
2012-03-19: Removed Jason Jones, who signed with Seattle. Added Jordan Babineaux, Patrick Bailey, and Kevin Malast information courtesy of Rotoworld.
2012-03-17: Steve Hutchinson contract details added courtesy of Pro Football Talk.
2012-03-16: Added Steve Hutchinson’s signing bonus of $4.5 million per Bob McGinn. Per PFT, the Titans had $26.2 million in cap space as of March 15. Based on an overall base salary cap figure of $120.6 million, carryover of $8.1 million, and a Redskins/Cowboys bonus of $1.643 million, the Titans have approximately $130,343,000 to spend this season.
2012-03-15: Titans announced they signed G Steve Hutchinson to what Terry McCormick reports is a three-year, $16 million deal. Did a little cleanup re UFA, including reflecting start of new league year and removing Finnegan for signing elsewhere. I’ll be removing UFAs as they sign or as time passes.
2012-03-13: The Titans announced they re-signed Patrick Bailey to a multi-year contract. Additionally, Malcolm Sheppard and Fernando Velasco signed their exclusive rights free agent tenders. Further, Jordan Babineaux was re-signed, or will be officially once the new league year starts; Alex Marvez reports it’s a two year deal worth a maximum of $5 million.
2012-03-11: Daniel Kaplan reports the safety franchise tag amount is officially $6.212 million. Added Leroy Harris 2012 salary per Rotoworld, and updated Missing amount.
2012-03-06: Added Michael Griffin’s franchise tag from yesterday. I have the amount marked as an estimate, but $6.2 million should be pretty close to the final figure. Rotoworld updates: Robert Johnson salary, Karl Klug signing bonus ($197,000, estimated at $196,000).
2012-02-22: Terry McCormick indicates the Titans’ cap figure is $94.5 million. The offseason cap amount is based the top-51 contracts, plus potentially some of the other contracts for reasons I’m pretty sure are not currently germane to the Titans. I have the Titans with 42 players under contract; estimating the futures players at my standard guess of $500,000 each, the Titans have roughly $90 million for the 42 players under contract. Adjusted the totals to account for that. Added Lamar Divens’ salary and updated Jamie Harper’s signing bonus ($383,000, estimated at $376,000), both per Rotoworld.
2012-02-15: Added Lamar Divens. Incorporated new information from Rotoworld page, including signing bonus and salary information for Tommie Campbell and Jurrell Casey and a few other tidbits.
2012-02-13: Added Lavelle Hawkins contract information courtesy of Terry McCormick.
2012-02-10: Titans re-signed Mike Otto, who was scheduled to become a UFA; base salary and signing bonus courtesy of Jim Wyatt. Titans re-signed Lavelle Hawkins, scheduled to become a UFA; financial terms undisclosed. Chris Hawkins is apparently under contract for 2012 and not an ERFA.
2012-02-09: Per Brian McIntyre, Jason McCourty hit an incentive that increased his base salary in 2012 from $615,000. Also listed Leroy Harris’s reported APY as his salary.
2012-02-06: My colleague at Football Outsiders Brian McIntyre, who has the sources to know, lists Malcolm Sheppard as an exclusive rights free agent, which I thought was the case, and Fernando Velasco as an exclusive rights free agent as well. I thought Velasco had an accrued season from 2009, which would have made him a restricted free agent, but apparently he did not.
2012-01-31: Sort of figured out some more information about 2011 rookie deals, including what should be more accurate bonus estimates. See this rookie salary explanation from Ted Sundquist, though note it doesn’t seem to have been universally applied.
2012-01-29: Added some updates from the Rotoworld page not included in my spreadsheet, and also corrected some minimum salary bumps associated with the 2011 CBA I had overlooked.
2012-01-27: Chart first published with initial introductory and explanatory text.