The 2014 NFL All-Dead Team

USATSI_7630134_160074578_lowresEach 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
QB Matt Schaub $10,500,000 HOU
RB Trent Richardson $6,670,836 CLE
RB Ray Rice $4,750,000 BAL
FB LeRon McClain $833,333 SD
WR Stevie Johnson $10,225,000 BUF
WR DeSean Jackson $6,250,000 PHI
TE Aaron Hernandez $7,500,000 NE
TE John Carlson $3,000,000 MIN
OT Levi Brown $6,514,190 ARI
OT Jared Gaither $4,000,000 SD
G Carl Nicks $5,357,000 TB
G Chris Snee $4,550,000 NYG
C Eugene Amano $2,067,500 TEN
DE DeMarcus Ware $8,571,500 DAL
DE LaMarr Woodley $5,590,000 PIT
DT Jay Ratliff $6,928,000 DAL
DT Sean Lissemore $1,200,000 DAL
OLB Julius Peppers $8,366,668 CHI
OLB James Anderson $2,800,000 CAR
ILB Jon Beason $8,000,000 CAR
ILB D'Qwell Jackson $4,200,000 CLE
CB Cortland Finnegan $6,000,000 STL
CB Antonio Cromartie $5,480,000 NYJ
S Michael Huff $6,208,750 OAK
S Roman Harper $3,690,000 NO
K Rian Lindell $1,375,000 BUF
K Adam Podlesh $800,000 CHI


Notable Notes

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.

QB Matt Schaub accounts for $18.5M in cap ($10.5M to Houston, $8M to OAK) while holding a clipboard on the sideline in 2014.
Related: The Top Dead Cap Figures Going Forward

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Article by: Michael Ginnitti

Managing Editor of Spotrac