For the past several years, I’ve attempted to keep track of the Tennessee Titans salary cap situation. (See 2012, the first year I put this online). 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.
|Amano, Eugene||Signing Bonus||2,067,500||Dead Money|
|Babineaux, Jordan||Signing Bonus||200,000||Dead Money|
|Barden, Brandon||Salary||480,000||Injured Reserve|
|Battle, Jackie||Salary||840,000||Minimum salary benefit|
|Clayton, Zach||Signing Bonus||55,000||Dead Money|
|Dawson, Keyunta||Salary||715,000||Minimum salary benefit|
|Graham, Daniel||Signing Bonus||666,667||Dead Money|
|Harper, Jamie||Signing Bonus||150,290||Dead Money|
|Hasselbeck, Matt||Signing Bonus||2,000,000||Dead Money|
|Hawkins, Lavelle||Signing Bonus||1,333,333||Dead Money|
|Hill, Sammie Lee||Salary||2,000,000|
|Hutchinson, Steve||Signing Bonus||3,000,000||Dead Money|
|Johnson, Quinn||Salary||715,000||Injured Reserve|
|Jones, Greg||Salary||1||Injury Settlement|
|Mariani, Marc||Salary||630,000||Injured Reserve|
|Martin, Markelle||Salary||480,000||Injured Reserve|
|Pierce, Matthew||Salary||1||Injury Settlement|
|Shaw, Tim||Signing Bonus||100,000||Dead Money|
|Smith, Rusty||Signing Bonus||28,556||Dead Money|
|Smith, Shaun||Signing Bonus||500,000||Dead Money|
|Solomon, Scott||Signing Bonus||16,741||Dead Money|
|Spencer, Chris||Salary||840,000||Minimum salary benefit|
|Walter, Kevin||Salary||940,000||Minimum salary benefit|
|Wooten, Khalid||Signing Bonus||19,670||Dead Money|
Guide to Notes
- Dead Money: If a player is cut by an NFL team before the termination of his existing contract, any guaranteed money, most commonly signing bonus, remains on the books and counts against the salary cap.
- Estimate: The amount is estimated.
- Injured Reserve: Player is on Reserve/Injured list and does not count against the current roster limit.
- Missing: An estimate of the amount on the cap not represented elsewhere in the table, calculated by deduction from the information I do have and totals-based information, namely the NFLPA’s figure.
- Minimum salary benefit: The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement permits veteran players making the league minimum to have their base salary treated under the cap as equal to the base salary for a third year player (in 2013, $555,000) subject to certain conditions. By way of example, Kevin Walter’s combined salary and bonus is $1.005 million, but his salary cap hit is only $620,000.
- Total: Estimate for all players under contract. Note that this is different from the Titans’ salary cap figure for NFL purposes. By my calculations, the Titans currently have a 2013 cap amount of approximately $128.0 million and effective cap room of $7.75 million based.
2013-09-08: Updated to account for the cut-down to 53. May be some errors, which I will check and resolve later.
2013-08-18: Updated with the signings of Gary Guyton and Corey Lynch. Removed Thaddeus Gibson, Robert Johnson, and Matthew Pierce. Updated cap space accordingly.
2013-08-08: Added Kadarron Anderson with Matthew Pierce going to Injured Reserve. Kenny Britt’s 2012 DUI suspension cost him $675,000 in salary, because of course it did. Updated cap space accordingly.
2013-08-05: Made a ridiculous number of updates, which is the sort of thing that happens when you spend four months updating only your spreadsheets. Added all new signings, draft picks, and UDFAs, removed players the Titans parted ways with, and all that jazz. Probably a few things left to clean up, which I’ll take care of later.
2013-03-27: Made a bunch of updates. Added Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rob Turner, Bernard Pollard, Ropati Pitoitua. Removed Matt Hasselbeck. Restored an accidentally-deleted Nate Washington (oops). OverTheCap indicates the Titans included workout bonuses in the Bironas, Greene, Hill and Walker deals; while the Titans have not traditionally made much use of this, this reconciles the reported total values with the numbers I knew. Per OTC, Keyunta Dawson’s deal is apparently gets the veteran minimum salary benefit, which makes sense. Updated cap space. Yes, sticking with a $6.5 million estimate notwithstanding NFL.com showing the Titans with $10.7 million-plus. My best estimate is that does not include the workout bonus amount or the Fitzpatrick, Pollard, and Pitoitua deals. This could be completely wrong.
2013-03-15: Removed the free agents from the table. Added Andy Levitre, Delanie Walker, Sammie Lee Hill, Shonn Greene, and Moise Fokou. Updated re-signs Quinn Johnson and Darius Reynaud.
2013-03-11: Made a bunch of updates, including the George Wilson signing, Rob Bironas and Keyunta Dawson re-signings, adding in salary amounts for the futures contract guys, and total updates. Bottom-line cap figure and adjustments is based on this report indicating the Titans had $18.6 million in cap space. My best estimate is that includes Keyunta Dawson and George Wilson, but does not include Rob Bironas or the workout bonus amounts. Made a second update with news of the Titans tendering Fernando Velasco (RFA) and not Kevin Matthews (ERFA) or Kyle DeVan (RFA, thought he was a UFA). Made a third update based on Steve Hutchinson retirement. Corrected Total, which I hadn’t updated to include the addition of the futures contract guys.
2013-02-07: NFL.com indicates the Titans have $18.3 million of cap space. Added Missing, since that comports with what I thought it was.
2013-02-06: Oops, major error in how I was calculating cap space, as the formula wasn’t picking up CJ’s cap hit. Effective cap space was therefore overstated by $12 million.
2013-01-28: Eugene Amano hit an escalator that increased his 2013 base salary by $250,000. Yes, he was on injured reserve the entire 2012 season. Alterraun Verner and Damian Williams hit their escalators, very likely related to playing time, as well.
2013-01-08: Page published.