Each offseason, a few NFL players become casualties of their current team’s dwindling salary cap space. In some cases these players are traded elsewhere, while the rest are simply released. In doing so, these high paid players generally leave behind sizeable chunks of what is referred to as “dead salary cap”. In short, dead cap is the amount of guaranteed salary, or unallocated bonus money left in the current or future years of the player’s contract (Related: Understanding Post June 1st Roster Cuts).
We’ve collected a list of the player from each position who is currently counting the most against their former team’s salary cap in 2014, to form the All-Dead Team (poorly titled in terms of one particular tight end).
|Pos.||Player||2014 Dead Cap||Team|
The Dallas Cowboys have three players on this list, and a total of $25,115,398 in 2014 dead cap – nearly 19% of their adjust salary cap this year.
WR Stevie Johnson accounts for 3 times more cap to the Bills ($10,225,000) than the 49ers ($3,925,000) in 2014. Only 6 wide receivers have a cap hit higher than his $10.225M dead cap hit in 2014.