A Quick Look at the State of Cardinals' Salary Cap

Before we start hearing about rookie contracts, I thought we'd take a look at where the Cardinals stand in terms of cap space. The salary cap is kind of like rocket science in that you have to be near genius in order to understand it all. Since I'm no where near that level, I'll defer to the experts on these numbers. This, from what I understand, is a very conservative estimate in that every possible bonus is included, even if it possibly won't count against the cap. Hat tip to joeschmo, resident capologist at azsportsfans for this comprehensive look at the Cardinals' cap for 2008. Here's a couple of things that jump out at me before we get down to the raw numbers.

  • Matt Leinart has to step up and show signs of becoming the franchise QB in 2008. Having nearly $10 million tied up in two quarterbacks won't work much longer. Warner's contract ends after 2008 and they need Leinart to be firmly entrenched as the starting and productive QB.
  • The offensive line is in better shape than I thought. The entire starting five are signed through at least 2009. Considering that they were at the very least average in 2007 and they were breaking in three new starters, I like the idea of those five guys growing more cohesive. A steady dependable OL will go a long way to helping Leinart develop and help Edge live out his contract.

 

Name Pos.  Base   Bonus   Total 
Karlos Dansby LB   8,065,000                -       8,065,000
Larry Fitz      WR   7,643,334                -       7,643,334
Gandy, Mike OL   3,500,000   3,300,000     6,800,000
Edge James RB   5,000,000   1,750,000     6,750,000
Chiki Okeafer DE   4,500,000      900,000     5,400,000
Kurt Warner QB   4,000,000   1,000,000     5,000,000
Adrian Wilson S   4,000,000      910,000     4,910,000
Matt Leinart QB      735,000   3,848,333     4,583,333
Docket, Darnell DT   3,250,000      700,000     3,950,000
Anquan Boldin WR   2,500,000   1,250,000     3,750,000
Johnson, Al OC   3,500,000                -       3,500,000
Antrel Rolle CB   1,210,000   2,266,667     3,476,667
Levi Brown OT      370,002   3,016,667     3,386,669
Hood, Roderick CB   2,500,000      500,000     3,000,000
Travis Laboy LB      750,000   1,500,000     2,250,000
Antonio Smith DE   2,017,000                -       2,017,000
Eric Green CB   2,017,000                -       2,017,000
Berry Bertrand DE   1,000,000   1,000,000     2,000,000
Shipp, Marcel RB   1,750,000                -       1,750,000
Alan Branch DT      370,000   1,325,000     1,695,000
Hayes, Gerald LB   1,500,000                -       1,500,000
Neil Rackers   K        800,000      437,500     1,237,500
Reggie Wells  G    1,100,000                -       1,100,000
Smith, Terrelle FB      850,000      200,000     1,050,000
JJ Arrington RB      520,000      525,000     1,045,000
Deuce Lutui OG      445,000      560,000     1,005,000
Fransisco,Aaron DB      800,000      200,000     1,000,000
Morey, Sean WR      850,000      100,000        950,000
Elton Brown OG      927,000                -          927,000
Beisel, Monte LB      900,000                -          900,000
Jerame Tuman TE      730,000                -          730,000
Leonard Pope TE      445,000      215,000        660,000
Dirk Johnson P      605,000                -          605,000
Gabe Watson NT      445,000      115,833        560,833
Rector, Jamaica WR      445,000                -          445,000
Steve Breaston WR      370,000        70,000        440,000
Minter, DeMario CB      370,000                -          370,000
Castille, Tim FB      370,000                -          370,000
Sendlein, Lyle OC      370,000                -          370,000
Ben Patrick TE      370,000                -          370,000
Bienemann, Troy TE      370,000                -          370,000
Bain, Travarous CB      295,000                -          295,000
Holloway, David LB      295,000                -          295,000
Vallejo, Elliot OT      295,000                -          295,000
Baylark, Steve RB      295,000                -          295,000
Shor, Alex TE      295,000                -          295,000
Cornelius,Jemal WR      295,000                -          295,000
Michael Adams CB      295,000                -          295,000
DEAD CAP SPACE     2,800,000
Cap space left ($116,000,000 max)   11,749,116
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