Originally Posted by RiverRat13
This is a comment from the article that was linked. I do not know for sure whether or not it is accurate but it makes sense:
"The 2013 Rookie Pool (i.e. the combined Cap Hit for all drafted players) for the Bengals is likely closer to $5M-$6M
More importantly, though, that $5M-$6M Rookie cap hit is NOT a net hit. In other words, since the Top 51 player contracts is used to determine the teamís cap, the rookies who make the team will offset players who are currently being counted in the Top 51. So itís not as simple as many people say, that you have to ďadd $5-$6M million for rookieĒ. This is a misleading/uninformed statement. Itís NOT a net charge. Those rookies will make the roster at the expense of veterans who currently count in the Top 51.
The $28.9M is not misleading, so much as it is incomplete, per se.
Bottom line, there is plenty of cap room (not to be confused with actually cash btw) to extend Geno, Carlos, MJ93, AJ, and Andy. It will be a colossal organizational failure of any of these 5 is allowed to leave after their rookie contracts expire."
While true, there are other costs people just flat out ignore routinely. If we are gonna be critical then we should know all of what we are talking about. You've got the rookie salary pool, the practice squad isn't counted in that so you have to include funds for it, ideally you should have a couple of million for potential additions in season due to injury and so on. I was watching the Parcells & Polian FA special awhile back and they stated that every team should ideally take 10-12 million right off the top of their cap before additions etc. I have no reason not to believe that.