Seahawks' Drafted Rookie salary cap estimates

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

OverTheCap.com does a wonderful job tracking salary cap data for NFL teams. This fantastic website went ahead and estimated the Seahawks' 2013 eleven Drafted Rookies salary cap hits for the next four years.

In the new CBA, it is fairly easy to predict the base salary and signing bonuses for rookies as there is now a pretty simple slotting system. These numbers wont be exact, but they will be fairly close, and the differences will not be material in the sense of changing any roster/salary cap decisions for the Seahawks.

The entire draft class will unlikely make the 53 man roster, but if, somehow, the entire class did make the roster, the entire class would count only $5.1M toward the salary cap. Percy Harvin is already baked into the salary cap - consider him Half Free Agent/Half Draft Pick.

As you can see, most of the players will count less than $500k against the 2013 cap, and Christine Michael counts only $613k against the 2013 cap.

The Seahawks have over 70 players signed, but for Salary Cap purposes, the league only counts your 53 most expensive players during the season and your 51 most expensive players during the offseason when calculating salary cap spend/room. The "54th to 90th" most expensive players do not count towards your cap during the offseason.

As you can see in the attached chart below, the 11 cheapest of the 53 "most expensive" players count $5.9M against the salary cap. The drafted rookies will not be replacing these exact 11 players, but this serves as an illustration that this rookie class (when you take out the 1st round pick/Percy Harvin) will actually likely increase Seattle's cap room before the season begins.

How much cap room the class creates will depend on which current veterans get displaced.

Continuity is important in the NFL, but because of aging, decline in skill, injury, salary cap, and unrestricted free agency - continuity is a "pick your battle" type of decision.

The Seahawks choose to keep continuity with their 25-year old Strong Safety, while choosing to break continuity with 30+ year old players like Leon Washington. We will talk more about this in upcoming blogs - I've got tons of draft thoughts to share, but until then ...you know where we be.

CLICK TO VIEW IN NATIVE SPREADSHEET <-----------------

Screen_shot_2013-05-01_at_7

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker