By Stefan Anderson
Cut costs and budget properly, an economical statement that applies to many facets of life, is now taken place in the National Football League. With free agency starting beginning yesterday, many teams are aligning themselves to stock up on their roster and compete for this year’s upcoming NFL season. Also with the collective bargaining agreement and salary cap laws team have to remain under the salary cap.
The 2014 salary cap is currently, 133 million per team, but that doesn’t mean every team’s spending power is the same. Teams can choose to carry over unused cap space from the prior year, as 29 teams did this year. That carryover from each team’s salary cap are combined with final calculations of incentives, escalators, bonuses and other factors that will give teams the option of their own unique spending limit.
With the new spending limit teams will make big rosters as some teams already have done:
- Denver Broncos have acquired Aquib Talib and T.J. Ward
- New Orleans Saints have signed Safety Jarius Byrd
- Philadelphia Eagles added safety Malcolm Jenkins
- Tampa Bay brought in Alterraun Verner along with Micheal Johnson
Along with the teams adding stars to their team, there is another aspect of free agency that is groundbreaking this year. With so many teams in fear of going over the salary cap, many teams are forced restructure their star player’s contracts or ultimately release them. With that comes a lot of perennial pro bowlers are faced with something some have not been faced with in years, Free Agency. The list of players that now have to face free agency to cut costs on their teams include: Demarcus Ware, Darrell Revis, Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, Champ Bailey and Michael Vick just to name a few.
Nothing wrong with the players having to face the difficult situation, I believe that this gives the league a balance. Now with so many high profile free agents out there teams that could get a Darrell Revis or Demarcus Ware, could now go out and weigh their options into acquiring the big name talents. It is a great thing for the thing league and gives every team the opportunity to build up their rosters with not only draft picks but good free agents.
With the upcoming draft and a lot of great free agents hitting the market, the 2014 NFL season should be a great one to watch.