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    2014 NFL Draft Rookie Contract and Salary Cap Estimates

    Updated March 28- The following are my contract estimates for the upcoming NFL draft. Due to the large increase in the salary cap this should be the first season where the NFL lifts the "salary freeze" on rookie bonus money. Please keep in mind that because this is the first year in which they are doing this I am working blind in making these allocations. The rookie pool for non-compensatory picks should increase by about $10.879 million for non-compensatory draft picks. If my theory is off I would anticipate the higher draft picks to cost a bit more than listed and the lower draft picks a bit less. By next year I should have a firm grasp as to how they exactly calcualte the pool.

    The chart is self explanatory as to what is being shown, however please note that the "proven performance escalator" is not included in the 2017 or total cap value columns. For the most part the only leeway in compensation comes in round 3 where players seem to have much more power to negotiate better back end salaries which is why, in the past, a players selected with say the 10th pick in the round may earn less total compensation than a player selected with the 11th pick. This is the one round in the draft where I would say the players agent can play a role in the total value of the deal. Clicking on a team should take you to their individual cap page for pick by pick and yearly cap breakdowns. Overall team breakdowns are available by clicking this link. If you have any questions about the methodology used feel free to email me.

    PickTeamSigning
    Bonus2014
    Cap2015
    Cap2016
    Cap2017
    CapTotal
    Value
    1Texans$15,974,192$4,413,548$5,516,935$6,620,322$7,723,709$24,274,514
    2Rams$15,182,880$4,215,720$5,269,650$6,323,580$7,377,510$23,186,460
    3Jaguars$14,679,324$4,089,831$5,112,288$6,134,745$7,157,202$22,494,066
    4Browns$14,103,828$3,945,957$4,932,446$5,918,935$6,905,424$21,702,762
    5Raiders$13,096,708$3,694,177$4,617,721$5,541,265$6,464,809$20,317,972
    6Falcons$11,298,284$3,244,571$4,055,713$4,866,855$5,677,997$17,845,136
    7Buccaneers$9,859,540$2,884,885$3,606,106$4,327,327$5,048,548$15,866,866
    8Vikings$8,420,800$2,525,200$3,156,500$3,787,800$4,419,100$13,888,600
    9Bills$8,348,860$2,507,215$3,134,018$3,760,821$4,387,624$13,789,678
    10Lions$7,953,208$2,408,302$3,010,377$3,612,452$4,214,527$13,245,658
    11Titans$7,341,744$2,255,436$2,819,295$3,383,154$3,947,013$12,404,898
    12Giants$6,478,496$2,039,624$2,549,530$3,059,436$3,569,342$11,217,932
    13Rams$6,262,688$1,985,672$2,482,090$2,978,508$3,474,926$10,921,196
    14Bears$5,903,004$1,895,751$2,369,688$2,843,625$3,317,562$10,426,626
    15Steelers$5,759,128$1,859,782$2,324,727$2,789,672$3,254,617$10,228,798
    16Cowboys$5,327,504$1,751,876$2,189,845$2,627,814$3,065,783$9,635,318
    17Ravens$5,183,628$1,715,907$2,144,883$2,573,859$3,002,835$9,437,484
    18Jets$5,003,788$1,670,947$2,088,683$2,506,419$2,924,155$9,190,204
    19Dolphins$4,895,880$1,643,970$2,054,962$2,465,954$2,876,946$9,041,832
    20Cardinals$4,859,916$1,634,979$2,043,723$2,452,467$2,861,211$8,992,380
    21Packers$4,823,944$1,625,986$2,032,482$2,438,978$2,845,474$8,942,920
    22Eagles$4,752,004$1,608,001$2,010,001$2,412,001$2,814,001$8,844,004
    23Chiefs$4,680,072$1,590,018$1,987,522$2,385,026$2,782,530$8,745,096
    24Bengals$4,536,196$1,554,049$1,942,561$2,331,073$2,719,585$8,547,268
    25Chargers$4,464,260$1,536,065$1,920,081$2,304,097$2,688,113$8,448,356
    26Browns$4,392,320$1,518,080$1,897,600$2,277,120$2,656,640$8,349,440
    27Saints$4,320,388$1,500,097$1,875,121$2,250,145$2,625,169$8,250,532
    28Panthers$4,284,416$1,491,104$1,863,880$2,236,656$2,609,432$8,201,072
    29Patriots$3,995,788$1,418,947$1,773,683$2,128,419$2,483,155$7,804,204
    3049ers$3,842,936$1,380,734$1,725,917$2,071,100$2,416,283$7,594,034
    31Broncos$3,714,904$1,348,726$1,685,907$2,023,088$2,360,269$7,417,990
    32Seahawks$3,632,464$1,328,116$1,660,145$1,992,174$2,324,203$7,304,638
    33Texans$2,593,896$1,068,474$1,335,592$1,602,710$1,869,828$5,876,604
    34Redskins$2,557,928$1,059,482$1,324,352$1,589,222$1,854,092$5,827,148
    35Browns$2,521,956$1,050,489$1,313,111$1,575,733$1,838,355$5,777,688
    36Raiders$2,450,020$1,032,505$1,290,631$1,548,757$1,806,883$5,678,776
    37Falcons$2,421,248$1,025,312$1,281,640$1,537,968$1,794,296$5,639,216
    38Buccaneers$2,356,504$1,009,126$1,261,407$1,513,688$1,765,969$5,550,190
    39Jaguars$2,291,760$992,940$1,241,175$1,489,410$1,737,645$5,461,170
    40Vikings$2,234,212$978,553$1,223,191$1,467,829$1,712,467$5,382,040
    41Bills$2,176,660$964,165$1,205,206$1,446,247$1,687,288$5,302,906
    42Titans$2,111,916$947,979$1,184,973$1,421,967$1,658,961$5,213,880
    43Giants$2,054,368$933,592$1,166,990$1,400,388$1,633,786$5,134,756
    44Rams$1,999,532$919,883$1,149,853$1,379,823$1,609,793$5,059,352
    45Lions$1,922,724$900,681$1,125,851$1,351,021$1,576,191$4,953,744
    46Steelers$1,839,992$879,998$1,099,997$1,319,996$1,539,995$4,839,986
    47Cowboys$1,730,648$852,662$1,065,827$1,278,992$1,492,157$4,689,638
    48Ravens$1,658,716$834,679$1,043,348$1,252,017$1,460,686$4,590,730
    49Jets$1,586,776$816,694$1,020,867$1,225,040$1,429,213$4,491,814
    50Dolphins$1,514,840$798,710$998,387$1,198,064$1,397,741$4,392,902
    51Bears$1,442,904$780,726$975,907$1,171,088$1,366,269$4,293,990
    52Cardinals$1,370,964$762,741$953,426$1,144,111$1,334,796$4,195,074
    53Packers$1,299,028$744,757$930,946$1,117,135$1,303,324$4,096,162
    54Eagles$1,227,092$726,773$908,466$1,090,159$1,271,852$3,997,250
    55Bengals$1,155,156$708,789$885,986$1,063,183$1,240,380$3,898,338
    5649ers$1,119,184$699,796$874,745$1,049,694$1,224,643$3,848,878
    57Chargers$1,097,604$694,401$868,001$1,041,601$1,215,201$3,819,204
    58Saints$1,061,636$685,409$856,761$1,028,113$1,199,465$3,769,748
    59Colts$1,011,280$672,820$841,025$1,009,230$1,177,435$3,700,510
    60Panthers$989,700$667,425$834,281$1,001,137$1,167,993$3,670,836
    6149ers$960,924$660,231$825,288$990,345$1,155,402$3,631,266
    62Patriots$939,340$654,835$818,543$982,251$1,145,959$3,601,588
    63Broncos$932,152$653,038$816,297$979,556$1,142,815$3,591,706
    64Seahawks$917,764$649,441$811,801$974,161$1,136,521$3,571,924
    65Texans$773,820$613,455$743,455$886,455$1,012,455$3,255,820
    66Redskins$767,516$611,879$739,879$881,879$996,879$3,230,516
    67Raiders$766,884$611,721$746,721$881,721$964,721$3,204,884
    68Falcons$760,096$610,024$751,024$873,024$949,124$3,183,196
    69Buccaneers$752,680$608,170$743,470$850,670$958,670$3,160,980
    70Jaguars$738,552$604,638$736,538$838,638$945,838$3,125,652
    71Browns$728,924$602,231$742,231$832,231$942,231$3,118,924
    72Vikings$722,128$600,532$714,832$820,832$926,832$3,063,028
    73Bills$712,968$598,242$712,042$817,642$923,242$3,051,168
    74Giants$708,432$597,108$721,108$810,108$900,108$3,028,432
    75Rams$701,416$595,354$736,354$877,454$865,354$3,074,516
    76Lions$681,580$590,395$715,395$810,395$902,895$3,019,080
    7749ers$679,340$589,835$709,835$799,835$889,835$2,989,340
    78Cowboys$675,340$588,835$688,835$783,835$873,835$2,935,340
    79Ravens$667,172$586,793$701,793$791,793$886,793$2,967,172
    80Jets$658,920$584,730$724,730$814,730$889,730$3,013,920
    81Dolphins$650,668$582,667$692,667$782,667$872,667$2,930,668
    82Bears$644,828$581,207$691,207$781,207$876,207$2,929,828
    83Browns$632,928$578,232$688,232$778,232$873,232$2,917,928
    84Cardinals$624,464$576,116$686,116$776,116$871,116$2,909,464
    85Packers$619,724$574,931$684,931$774,931$854,931$2,889,724
    86Eagles$611,684$572,921$682,921$767,921$852,921$2,876,684
    87Chiefs$604,168$571,042$671,042$771,042$861,842$2,874,968
    88Bengals$600,060$570,015$670,015$760,015$850,015$2,850,060
    89Chargers$598,696$569,674$679,674$769,674$859,674$2,878,696
    90Colts$598,012$569,503$669,503$759,503$849,503$2,848,012
    91Saints$597,332$569,333$670,333$760,333$850,333$2,850,332
    92Panthers$593,920$568,480$670,480$760,480$850,480$2,849,920
    93Patriots$587,100$566,775$662,275$752,775$842,775$2,824,600
    9449ers$580,276$565,069$672,369$761,269$850,169$2,848,876
    95Broncos$573,456$563,364$658,364$750,864$840,864$2,813,456
    96Vikings$566,636$561,659$651,659$741,659$841,659$2,796,636
    97Steelers$556,748$559,187$649,187$739,187$829,187$2,776,748
    98Packers$556,748$559,187$649,187$739,187$829,187$2,776,748
    99Ravens$556,748$559,187$649,187$739,187$829,187$2,776,748
    10049ers$556,748$559,187$649,187$739,187$829,187$2,776,748
    101Texans$546,860$556,715$646,715$736,715$826,715$2,766,860
    102Redskins$534,728$553,682$643,682$733,682$823,682$2,754,728
    103Falcons$532,992$553,248$643,248$733,248$823,248$2,752,992
    104Jets$529,720$552,430$642,430$732,430$822,430$2,749,720
    105Jaguars$524,824$551,206$641,206$731,206$821,206$2,744,824
    106Browns$521,996$550,499$640,499$730,499$820,499$2,741,996
    107Raiders$520,080$550,020$640,020$730,020$820,020$2,740,080
    108Vikings$517,400$549,350$639,350$729,350$819,350$2,737,400
    109Bills$514,428$548,607$638,607$728,607$818,607$2,734,428
    110Rams$510,808$547,702$637,702$727,702$817,702$2,730,808
    111Lions$502,220$545,555$635,555$725,555$815,555$2,722,220
    112Titans$501,060$545,265$635,265$725,265$815,265$2,721,060
    113Giants$499,080$544,770$634,770$724,770$814,770$2,719,080
    114Jaguars$498,584$544,646$634,646$724,646$814,646$2,718,584
    115Jets$496,108$544,027$634,027$724,027$814,027$2,716,108
    116Dolphins$489,836$542,459$632,459$722,459$812,459$2,709,836
    117Bears$487,832$541,958$631,958$721,958$811,958$2,707,832
    118Steelers$483,256$540,814$630,814$720,814$810,814$2,703,256
    119Cowboys$478,464$539,616$629,616$719,616$809,616$2,698,464
    120Cardinals$475,416$538,854$628,854$718,854$808,854$2,695,416
    121Packers$472,344$538,086$628,086$718,086$808,086$2,692,344
    122Eagles$467,836$536,959$626,959$716,959$806,959$2,687,836
    123Bengals$462,228$535,557$625,557$715,557$805,557$2,682,228
    124Chiefs$462,228$535,557$625,557$715,557$805,557$2,682,228
    125Chargers$457,608$534,402$624,402$714,402$804,402$2,677,608
    126Saints$453,924$533,481$623,481$713,481$803,481$2,673,924
    127Browns$448,480$532,120$622,120$712,120$802,120$2,668,480
    128Panthers$446,120$531,530$621,530$711,530$801,530$2,666,120
    12949ers$440,700$530,175$620,175$710,175$800,175$2,660,700
    130Patriots$436,900$529,225$619,225$709,225$799,225$2,656,900
    131Broncos$430,752$527,688$617,688$707,688$797,688$2,650,752
    132Seahawks$424,316$526,079$616,079$706,079$796,079$2,644,316
    133Lions$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    134Ravens$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    135Texans$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    136Lions$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    137Jets$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    138Ravens$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    139Falcons$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    140Patriots$330,720$502,680$592,680$682,680$772,680$2,550,720
    141Texans$237,120$479,280$569,280$659,280$749,280$2,457,120
    142Redskins$235,028$478,757$568,757$658,757$748,757$2,455,028
    143Buccaneers$233,256$478,314$568,314$658,314$748,314$2,453,256
    144Jaguars$232,212$478,053$568,053$658,053$748,053$2,452,212
    145Browns$227,644$476,911$566,911$656,911$746,911$2,447,644
    146Seahawks$222,220$475,555$565,555$655,555$745,555$2,442,220
    147Falcons$220,604$475,151$565,151$655,151$745,151$2,440,604
    148Vikings$218,952$474,738$564,738$654,738$744,738$2,438,952
    149Bills$218,400$474,600$564,600$654,600$744,600$2,438,400
    150Jaguars$217,852$474,463$564,463$654,463$744,463$2,437,852
    151Titans$213,948$473,487$563,487$653,487$743,487$2,433,948
    152Giants$212,132$473,033$563,033$653,033$743,033$2,432,132
    153Rams$211,252$472,813$562,813$652,813$742,813$2,431,252
    154Jets$210,976$472,744$562,744$652,744$742,744$2,430,976
    155Dolphins$210,480$472,620$562,620$652,620$742,620$2,430,480
    156Bears$210,324$472,581$562,581$652,581$742,581$2,430,324
    157Steelers$209,108$472,277$562,277$652,277$742,277$2,429,108
    158Cowboys$207,816$471,954$561,954$651,954$741,954$2,427,816
    159Jaguars$206,028$471,507$561,507$651,507$741,507$2,426,028
    160Cardinals$205,464$471,366$561,366$651,366$741,366$2,425,464
    161Packers$203,548$470,887$560,887$650,887$740,887$2,423,548
    162Eagles$202,660$470,665$560,665$650,665$740,665$2,422,660
    163Chiefs$200,716$470,179$560,179$650,179$740,179$2,420,716
    164Bengals$199,864$469,966$559,966$649,966$739,966$2,419,864
    165Chargers$196,432$469,108$559,108$649,108$739,108$2,416,432
    166Colts$195,964$468,991$558,991$648,991$738,991$2,415,964
    167Saints$194,196$468,549$558,549$648,549$738,549$2,414,196
    168Panthers$188,672$467,168$557,168$647,168$737,168$2,408,672
    169Saints$185,792$466,448$556,448$646,448$736,448$2,405,792
    17049ers$181,324$465,331$555,331$645,331$735,331$2,401,324
    171Broncos$179,124$464,781$554,781$644,781$734,781$2,399,124
    172Seahawks$176,372$464,093$554,093$644,093$734,093$2,396,372
    173Steelers$159,052$459,763$549,763$639,763$729,763$2,379,052
    174Giants$159,052$459,763$549,763$639,763$729,763$2,379,052
    175Ravens$159,052$459,763$549,763$639,763$729,763$2,379,052
    176Packers$159,052$459,763$549,763$639,763$729,763$2,379,052
    177Texans$141,736$455,434$545,434$635,434$725,434$2,361,736
    178Redskins$137,660$454,415$544,415$634,415$724,415$2,357,660
    179Jaguars$135,444$453,861$543,861$633,861$723,861$2,355,444
    180Browns$132,692$453,173$543,173$633,173$723,173$2,352,692
    181Texans$129,756$452,439$542,439$632,439$722,439$2,349,756
    182Falcons$127,396$451,849$541,849$631,849$721,849$2,347,396
    183Bears$125,676$451,419$541,419$631,419$721,419$2,345,676
    184Vikings$124,828$451,207$541,207$631,207$721,207$2,344,828
    185Bills$123,228$450,807$540,807$630,807$720,807$2,343,228
    186Titans$121,580$450,395$540,395$630,395$720,395$2,341,580
    187Giants$121,096$450,274$540,274$630,274$720,274$2,341,096
    188Rams$118,468$449,617$539,617$629,617$719,617$2,338,468
    189Lions$116,848$449,212$539,212$629,212$719,212$2,336,848
    190Dolphins$116,408$449,102$539,102$629,102$719,102$2,336,408
    191Bears$115,868$448,967$538,967$628,967$718,967$2,335,868
    192Steelers$115,364$448,841$538,841$628,841$718,841$2,335,364
    193Chiefs$114,668$448,667$538,667$628,667$718,667$2,334,668
    194Ravens$114,508$448,627$538,627$628,627$718,627$2,334,508
    195Jets$114,276$448,569$538,569$628,569$718,569$2,334,276
    196Cardinals$114,192$448,548$538,548$628,548$718,548$2,334,192
    197Packers$113,496$448,374$538,374$628,374$718,374$2,333,496
    198Patriots$112,448$448,112$538,112$628,112$718,112$2,332,448
    199Bengals$111,864$447,966$537,966$627,966$717,966$2,331,864
    200Chiefs$110,356$447,589$537,589$627,589$717,589$2,330,356
    201Chargers$108,812$447,203$537,203$627,203$717,203$2,328,812
    202Saints$107,200$446,800$536,800$626,800$716,800$2,327,200
    203Colts$106,724$446,681$536,681$626,681$716,681$2,326,724
    204Panthers$106,284$446,571$536,571$626,571$716,571$2,326,284
    205Jaguars$103,480$445,870$535,870$625,870$715,870$2,323,480
    206Patriots$101,788$445,447$535,447$625,447$715,447$2,321,788
    207Broncos$100,124$445,031$535,031$625,031$715,031$2,320,124
    208Seahawks$97,080$444,270$534,270$624,270$714,270$2,317,080
    209Jets$86,568$441,642$531,642$621,642$711,642$2,306,568
    210Jets$86,568$441,642$531,642$621,642$711,642$2,306,568
    211Texans$86,568$441,642$531,642$621,642$711,642$2,306,568
    212Bengals$86,568$441,642$531,642$621,642$711,642$2,306,568
    213Jets$86,568$441,642$531,642$621,642$711,642$2,306,568
    214Rams$86,568$441,642$531,642$621,642$711,642$2,306,568
    215Steelers$86,568$441,642$531,642$621,642$711,642$2,306,568
    216Texans$76,056$439,014$529,014$619,014$709,014$2,296,056
    217Redskins$75,808$438,952$528,952$618,952$708,952$2,295,808
    218Browns$74,268$438,567$528,567$618,567$708,567$2,294,268
    219Raiders$73,676$438,419$528,419$618,419$708,419$2,293,676
    220Falcons$71,680$437,920$527,920$617,920$707,920$2,291,680
    221Buccaneers$70,120$437,530$527,530$617,530$707,530$2,290,120
    222Jaguars$69,016$437,254$527,254$617,254$707,254$2,289,016
    223Vikings$68,708$437,177$527,177$617,177$707,177$2,288,708
    224Bills$68,488$437,122$527,122$617,122$707,122$2,288,488
    225Panthers$68,020$437,005$527,005$617,005$707,005$2,288,020
    226Rams$66,676$436,669$526,669$616,669$706,669$2,286,676
    227Lions$66,296$436,574$526,574$616,574$706,574$2,286,296
    228Titans$66,288$436,572$526,572$616,572$706,572$2,286,288
    229Cowboys$65,380$436,345$526,345$616,345$706,345$2,285,380
    230Steelers$65,356$436,339$526,339$616,339$706,339$2,285,356
    231Cowboys$65,104$436,276$526,276$616,276$706,276$2,285,104
    232Colts$63,648$435,912$525,912$615,912$705,912$2,283,648
    233Jets$62,548$435,637$525,637$615,637$705,637$2,282,548
    234Dolphins$61,560$435,390$525,390$615,390$705,390$2,281,560
    235Raiders$58,988$434,747$524,747$614,747$704,747$2,278,988
    236Packers$56,544$434,136$524,136$614,136$704,136$2,276,544
    237Eagles$55,980$433,995$523,995$613,995$703,995$2,275,980
    238Cowboys$55,400$433,850$523,850$613,850$703,850$2,275,400
    239Bengals$54,820$433,705$523,705$613,705$703,705$2,274,820
    240Chargers$54,388$433,597$523,597$613,597$703,597$2,274,388
    241Rams$53,912$433,478$523,478$613,478$703,478$2,273,912
    24249ers$53,472$433,368$523,368$613,368$703,368$2,273,472
    24349ers$53,032$433,258$523,258$613,258$703,258$2,273,032
    244Patriots$52,364$433,091$523,091$613,091$703,091$2,272,364
    24549ers$51,876$432,969$522,969$612,969$702,969$2,271,876
    246Broncos$51,176$432,794$522,794$612,794$702,794$2,271,176
    247Seahawks$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    248Cowboys$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    249Rams$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    250Rams$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    251Cowboys$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    252Bengals$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    253Falcons$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    254Cowboys$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    255Falcons$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
    256Texans$50,496$432,624$522,624$612,624$702,624$2,270,496
  2. soulman

    soulman Pro-Bowler SuperFan DBS Writer

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    I thought that some of you guys.......and gals Lisa, would find this kind of interesting. As some of you may be aware the last CBA calls for rookie contract to be slotted. So there are no more deal for QBs with $40 or $50 mil guarantees. The value of the contract of the #1 overall pick is just over $24 mil and the guaranteed amount is just under $16 mil. These are just estimates and while the total contract values will be very close to actual the amounts guaranteed and the structure are always open to some negotiation.

    I've highlighted the estimated figures of every draft choice the Bears will have. These numbers include the following;

    1st Column; Amount of Signing Bonus
    2nd Column; 2014 Cap Cost
    3rd Column; 2015 Cap Cost
    4th Column; 2016 Cap Cost
    5th Column; 2017 Cap Cost
    6th Column; Total Value of Contact

    Enjoy yourselves. :D
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    soulman Pro-Bowler SuperFan DBS Writer

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    I realize those numbers are hard to read. They're all in nice neat columns on the website I took them from and here's that link.

    http://overthecap.com/nfl-rookie-salary-cap-2014.php

    I'll try straighten them out manually and round off a bit for simplicity Hopefully this is easier to follow.

    1st round; SB=$5.9, 2014 Cap=$1.9 mil, 2015 Cap=$2.7 mil, 2016 Cap=$2.8 mil, 2017 Cap=$3.3 mi., Total= $10.4 mil

    2nd round; SB=$1.4 mil, 2014 Cap=$780k, 2015 Cap=$976k 2016 Cap=$1.2 mil, 2017 Cap=$1.4 mil, Total=$4.3 mil

    3rd round; SB=$645k, 2014 Cap=$581k, 2015 Cap=$691k, 2016 Cap=$781k, 2017 Cap=$876k, Total=$2.9 mil

    4th round; SB=$488k, 2014 Cap=$542k, 2015 Cap=$632k, 2016 Cap=$722k, 2017 Cap=$812k, Total=$2.7 mil

    5th round; SB=$210k, 2014 Cap=$473k, 2015 Cap=$563K, 2016 Cap=$653k, 2017 Cap=$743k, Total=$2.4 mil

    6th round; SB=$126k, 2014 Cap=$451k, 2015 Cap=$541k, 2016 Cap=$631k, 2017 Cap=$721k, Total=$2.3 mil

    6th round; SB=$116k, 2014 Cap=$449k, 2015 Cap=$539k, 2016 Cap=$629k, 2017 Cap=$719k, Total=$2.3 mil


    Counting the 2014 Cap Cost of the players rounds 1-5 since after that anyone who makes the team may not count in the top 51 salaries the total Cap Cost of the draftees is $4.27 mil and it could be less. I'd suggest we use $3 mil as an estimate of how much cap space we need at a minimum going into the draft and $4 mil to complete the signings or up to $5 mil if you want to err on the over side.
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    Any draft pick who ultimately makes the team (and the first 4 are virtual locks of course) by definition pushes another player off the bottom of the eventual 53 man roster. The cap hit of those players (prob ~ $500k each as a rough estimate) then falls off the ledger as the required cuts are made in August. The bottom half of the draft adds no net "new" cap cost because, assuming they even make the team, they again by definition displace another $500k player.

    The net result of all this is that the draft class only adds about $2.0-2.5m (being generous here) in new/additional cap cost for 2014 once you subtract the players who are inevitably displaced. Lazy and/or dumb reporters who state that "the draft will cost $5m in cap space" are merely adding up the raw numbers as Soul posted and not accounting for the players who MUST be eventually cut to keep the rookies.
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    True to a certain extent but I'm assuming the top four will account for more cap space than those who do fall out of the top 51. At any rate we need enough to cover all 7 draft picks at the $420k rookie minimum ($2.94 mil) in cap space before the draft. They do count that much against the cap until their actual contracts are signed. Then it becomes actual dollars and your estimates are correct.

    I come up with about $2.0 mil as an estimate when I add the difference in the cap costs of the top 4 and the 1st or 2nd year guys they'll knock off the top 51. I leave the rest as the reserve needed for other signings this summer or created by need because of an injury. I just didn't state it that way to make it simpler but every team needs some reserve for future signings which may add to the cap. This leaves $2-$3mil for that.

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