With the Arizona Cardinals beginning to sign their draft picks, it might be a good time to take a look at the salary cap situation for the team. According to the NFLPA, the Cardinals currently sit with about $5.4 million in cap space, which will increase June 1, when the salary for Daryn Colledge comes off the books.
Remember that in the offseason, the salary cap is based on the top 51 contracts on the team. None of the undrafted rookies will affect that number for now.
Eventually, when first round pick Deone Bucannon, signs, his contract will figure into the offseason cap number.
According to reporter and radio host Mike Jurecki, the Cards will be looking at a cap number of about $1.4 million for Bucannon.
#Cards first round S Deone Bucannon rookie contract will be a 4-yr deal worth 7.7M, SB 3.9M & first year cap # 1.4M. Cards rookie pool 4.7M.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) May 15, 2014
How long will it take to get Bucannon signed? Last year it took the Cardinals until the first day of training camp to get first round pick Jonathan Cooper under contract. With the team already having signed three of their seven picks, you would hope that it won't take until late July to finish things up.