Research & Reports

An Early Look at NFL Free Agent Numbers by Team

March 15, 2015 Michael Ginnitti With the initial rush of NFL free agency beginning to calm down, we'll take a quick look back at the week that was. While plenty of signings were filed, it may have been trades that will be most remembered from a wild Tuesday. Our breakdowns and thoughts by team...

Contract Forecast: Justin Houston

December 29, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Chiefs LB/DE Justin Houston capped off his rookie contract with a historic 22 sacks to go along with 60 tackles. We'll analyze his production against the best pass rushers in the game to project his next contract.

Current NFL Roster Spending

November 15, 2014 Michael Ginnitti A snapshot look at each NFL team's 53-man roster, Reserve/Injured list, and Week 11 starting lineups, financially speaking.

2014-15 NBA Financial Preview

October 31, 2014 Michael Ginnitti On the eve of the 2014-15 NBA regular season, we'll take a look across the team rosters financially, noting the total payrolls, top-paid players, fun facts, and even a view "best value" predictions.

World Series Game 7 Financial Lineups

October 29, 2014 Michael Ginnitti The Major League Baseball world got their wish last night, as a Royals victory means a Game 7 to settle it all tonight in Kansas City. We'll highlight the starting lineups, pitching matchups, and rosters financially heading into the final game of the 2014 season

Contract Forecast: Julius Thomas

October 23, 2014 Michael Ginnitti While neither of the Thomas' will be signing a new contract through the 2014 seasons, both will need one come Februrary. We've assessed the current value of Broncos TE Julius Thomas, calculating figures for his next contract.

Contract Forecast: Cecil Shorts

October 15, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts has shown a steady increase in production since 2012. Now playing out the final year of his rookie contract, we assess his current value heading toward free agency.

Contract Forecast: Andrew Luck

October 9, 2014 Michael Ginnitti He's improved every year, and is leading the league in all major quarterback categories to start the 2014 campaign. Now the time is approaching for the Colts to lock in Andrew Luck for the long term future. We assess his current value to forecast the contract.

Contract Forecast: Russell Wilson

October 7, 2014 Michael Ginnitti In just 2 seasons, Russell Wilson has become the leader of his team, the toast of his town, and a Super Bowl champion. All he needs now is a nice big contract to cap off the early winnings. We project his current value and forecast an extension for the Seahawks' QB.

Contract Forecast: DeMarco Murray

October 2, 2014 Michael Ginnitti DeMarco Murray has been a one-man show for the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys to start the 2014 season, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Month to start the final year of his rookie contract. We'll project his value, and forecast a new deal for the 26 year old.

2014 True Value Power Rankings: 1st Edition

October 1, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Now a quarter through the 2014 NFL season, we present the first edition of our True Value Rankings, including a listing of all 32 teams, the All-Value team, and the Worst-Value team through the first four weeks.

Contract Forecast: Cam Newton

September 8, 2014 Michael Ginnitti As the 2014 NFL season gets underway the Panthers appear poised to move forward with Cam Newton and his rookie contract. But recent restructures may be a sign that a long-term extension is on the horizon. We'll analyze Newton's current value to forecast what could be.

UPDATED: NFL Players on the Roster Bubble

August 22, 2014 Michael Ginnitti With two preseason weeks in the books NFL roster cuts are beginning to pour in to the the transaction wire. We'll take a look at our original post from July, outlining those notable players on the "roster bubble", including the financial cap implication to cut them loose this preseason.

2014 NFL Team Spending Previews

August 18, 2014 Michael Ginnitti As rosters begin to tighten up so do both the salary cap and cash payrolls within NFL organizations. We'll take a quick look at how each team look in terms of their average 2014 cap hit, their total cash spending for 2014, and the player who ranks highest in both cases.

Extension Forecast: Marshawn Lynch

July 25, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Reportedly holding out from training camp in hopes of a new deal, we'll assess the current contract & value of Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch going forward.

Contract Forecast: Jamaal Charles

July 23, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Reportedly holding out of training camp, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is inline for a long-term extension heading into 2014. We'll evaluate him both in the rushing & passing games to assess how much he's currently worth going forward.

2015 MLB All-Star Rosters, Financially

July 15, 2014 Michael Ginnitti The 85th edition of the MLB All-Star game features a mixed bag of youth and veteran talents. We’ll take a look at the final rosters, including their 2014 compensation, and their estimated total career earnings to date.

Projecting TE Jimmy Graham as a WR

July 8, 2014 Michael Ginnitti With the verdict now in, the focus turns to extending Saints TE Jimmy Graham to a long-term contract. We'll assess his value both as a tight end and as a wide receiver to project the deal going forward.

Contract Forecast: Ndamukong Suh

June 18, 2014 Michael Ginnitti He's been a quarterback's nightmare on the Lions' defensive line for 4 seasons, and now with the highest cap figure in the NFL, and an expiring contract - Ndamukong Suh is on the verge of a new deal. We'll forecast the best value for his extension here.

Contract Forecast: Jordy Nelson

June 4, 2014 Michael Ginnitti He's been grossly underpaid since 2011, averaging just $3.15 million per year, but wide receiver Jordy Nelson is now entering a contract year in Green Bay. We'll assess his current value to forecast an extension going forward.

Contract Forecast: Lance Stephenson

June 3, 2014 Scott Allen With the Pacers out of the playoffs, talk has turned to where Lance Stephenson will play next season and how much a team is willing to pay for his production (and potentially his on-the-court antics). We've forecasted what Stephenson could potentially see as his next deal. You might be surprised by the findings...

Contract Forecast: Vernon Davis

May 29, 2014 Michael Ginnitti 49ers TE Vernon Davis was abset from practice thus far, and reports are circulating now that the reason is contract-related. We'll analyze the 8-year veteran's recent production to forecast what might be in store going forward.

Contract Forecast: CJ Spiller

May 26, 2014 Michael Ginnitti With an opt-out clause likely in play after 2014, running back CJ Spiller is likely heading into a contract year with the Buffalo Bills. We analyze both his rushing & receiving production against a variable set of backs to project his value going forward.

UPDATED Contract Forecast: Dez Bryant

May 23, 2014 Michael Ginnitti The next order of business in Dallas just might be the long-term signing of their breakout WR Dez Bryant, whose 5 year $11.81M rookie contract expires after 2014. We'll re-forecast him in our latest projection.

MLB Disabled List Dollars

May 23, 2014 Scott Allen Pitchers are dropping like flies, big name players are out for the season and the disabled list is getting longer with each passing day. A financial look at who, why, and how much money is sitting on the disabled list/out for the season.

Projected NBA 2014 Round 1 Draft Pick Contracts

May 21, 2014 Scott Allen With a 1.7% the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves with the #1 overall pick in the 2014 draft and multiple teams have two or three picks in the first round alone. A look into what first round picks could sign for and how much each team could expect to spend on this years rookies over the next two years.

The NFL's Best Value Rankings of 2013

May 20, 2014 Michael Ginnitti One more look back to the 2013 season, assessing the Best Value Players, Rookies, Free Agent Signings, and Overall Teams based on our True Value Statistical Rating.

Contract Forecast: Patrick Peterson

May 13, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson might be the next man in line for a long-term extension - a deal he believes should be larger than Richard Sherman's. We'll provide a comparitive value prediction for the 23 year old, forecasting his next contract in Arizona.

Contract Forecast: Alex Smith

May 7, 2014 Michael Ginnitti It's been a bumpy road for QB Alex Smith since his #1 overall selection in the 2005 draft, but a "breakout", Pro Bowl year in Kansas City last season has the veteran on the cusp of a long-term extension for the first time in his career.

2011 5th Year Option Breakdowns

May 4, 2014 Michael Ginnitti A look at the facts and figures for the 21 our of 32 1st round draft picks from 2011 who had their 5th year options exercised for 2015.

NFL Free Agent Spending Breakdowns

April 7, 2014 Michael Ginnitti We're 1 month, $2 billion, and 274 contracts into the 2014 NFL Free Agency Season, a reasonable time to begin breaking down the figures by Team Spending, Positional Spending, and guaranteed dollars. This and more:

2014 MLB Opening Day Team Financials

April 1, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Rotations have been set lineups have been filled, and we've compiled team payrolls and players salaries for the 2014 season. The following contains a breakdown of how each team is currently comprised financially heading into opening day.

Contract Forecast: DeSean Jackson

March 31, 2014 Michael Ginnitti His release from the Eagles last week opened many eyes across the league. Now DeSean Jackson is the most coveted free agent weapon left on the market. We'll assess a value prediction for what his next contract might look like.

Contract Forecast: Andy Dalton

March 20, 2014 Michael Ginnitti One of the bigger question marks heading into the 2014 NFL League year is the long-term fate of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, whose rookie contract is set to expire after the season. We'll assess Dalton's value for a contract extension this offseason.

2014 NFL Positional Cap Spending

March 19, 2014 Michael Ginnitti An in-depth look at how each NFL team is spending their 2014 cap dollars positionally, including total dollars, percent of cap space, the average player cap hit, and much more.

2014 NFL Team-Building/Spending Tool

March 11, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Our team-building tool includes an in-depth, real-time look at the categorical spending of each team throughout the offseason, including the current Waiver Period, Free Agent Season, Draft Signings, and Undrafted Free Agent deals.

MLB 2014 Financial Preview

February 24, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Spring training games will commence this weekend, meaning baseball is back. We've put together an early preview at each MLB team's Offseason Spending, Key Adds/Losses, and projected 2014 payroll.

UPDATED: Projected 2014 NFL Team Cap Space

February 24, 2014 Michael Ginnitti With the 2013 NFL season officially wrapped up, we'll take our first look at how each team ended up in terms of salary cap space (estimated as always), and project 2014 cap space as it currently stands.

Contract Forecast: Eric Decker

February 18, 2014 Michael Ginnitti Some 10 months removed from our original forecast, it appears Broncos WR Eric Decker will test the free agent market. Here's an updated projection for the soon-to-be highly coveted receiver.

Contract Forecast: Mike Trout

February 17, 2014 Michael Ginnitti At just 22 year of age, has already forced the hand of the Los Angeles Angels. Our MLB Premium team projects the numbers for the long-term extension already being discussed.

Contract Forecast: Joe Haden

February 13, 2014 Michael Ginnitti A brand new Cleveland Browns front office now must turn its attention to locking down Joe Haden for the long-term. Our premium team projects an extenions for the Pro Bowl cornerback.

Week 14 NBA Team Value Power Rankings

February 7, 2014 Scott Allen Our latest edition of NBA Total Team Value Rankings has the Thunder slowly moving up the rankings while the Sixers and Lakers are back in the top 3, and the Knicks are back towards the bottom with high paid, low performing players back in the line up.

Week 13 NBA Team Value Power Rankings

January 31, 2014 Scott Allen Our latest edition of NBA Total Team Value Rankings has the Phoenix Suns remaining #1 while the Denver Nuggets have jumped into 2nd, and the Knicks find themselves in the upper half of the rankings.

Contract Forecast: Rajon Rondo

January 26, 2014 Scott Allen With the recent negotiation rumors between the Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo, we decided to take a look at what Rondo could be worth after next season. How does he compare to other point guards and is he worth a maximum extension?

Week 12 NBA Team Value Power Rankings

January 24, 2014 Scott Allen Our latest edition of NBA Total Team Value Rankings has the Phoenix Suns still at the top and the San Antonio Spurs find themselves rising to #2. The Toronto Raptors have also cracked the top 10.

Contract Forecast: Richard Sherman

January 23, 2014 Michael Ginnitti He's labeled himself the best cornerback in the game, and few are quick to argue. And after Super Bowl XLVIII, the focus for Richard Sherman will be a new contract as the two-time All-Pro will enter the final year of his rookie deal in Seattle. We forecast his new payday:

Contract Forecast: Colin Kaepernick

January 20, 2014 Michael Ginnitti He's led the 49ers to back-to-back NFC Championship games, and nearly a Super Bowl victory last season, and now with three NFL seasons under his belt QB Colin Kaepernick is eligible for a contract extension in San Francisco. We forecast his new deal:

Week 11 NBA Team Value Power Rankings

January 18, 2014 Scott Allen Our latest edition of NBA Total Team Value Rankings has the Magic in the top 5 and the Pelicans cracking the top 10, while Miami and Minnesota finds themselves falling to towards the bottom of the rankings.

Contract Forecast: J.J. Watt

January 14, 2014 Michael Ginnitti He's been a dominating force for an inconsistent Houston Texans team the past three seasons, and his rookie contract is set to expire after 2014. We'll project the true value of defensive end J.J. Watt, and forecast his possible contract extension.

Contract Forecast: Michael Crabtree

January 5, 2014 Michael Ginnitti San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree rode plenty of momentum into the 2013 season, before a torn ACL kept him out of 11 games. His rookie contract expires after 2014 leaving many to wonder what's next? Our thoughts:

Contract Forecast: Brandon Marshall

January 3, 2014 Michael Ginnitti With QB Jay Cutler now locked up through 2020, the Bears next offensive focus might be extending Brandon Marshall for the foreseeable future. We'll run the nearly 30 year old wideout through our forecast formula to predict his next deal.

Week 9 NBA Team Value Power Rankings

January 3, 2014 Scott Allen Phoenix finds themselves still at the top as the Bobcats and Cavaliers rose substantially. While the Nets, Knicks and Bulls remain at the bottom proving their are truly being overpaid for their performance.

Contract Forecast: Jairus Byrd, V2

December 30, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Once again the focus of the Buffalo Bills offseason will be the expiring contract of Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, who played 11 games of the 2013 season under a $6.9 million franchise tag. We'll re-evaluate Byrd using 2013 numbers to provide a new forecast going forward.

Week 8 NBA Value Power Rankings

December 26, 2013 Scott Allen The Suns find themselves on top in Week 8, while the Trail Blazers had a bounce-back week and the Pacers find themselves at the bottom. This and more...

Week 7 NBA Value Power Rankings

December 20, 2013 Scott Allen The injured Los Angeles Lakers fell from the top in Week 7, making room for the Philadelphia 76ers. While the Portland Trailblazers (22-5) find themselves the worst value team in the NBA. This and more in our latest rankings.

Week 15 NFL Team Value Power Rankings

December 18, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Rams not only shook up the playoff picture with their win over the Saints, but they jumped into the Top 10 of this weeks' Team Value Rankings. This and more...

Week 6 NBA Team Value Power Rankings

December 13, 2013 Scott Allen The Lakers find themselves at the top of our Week 6 Value Power Rankings. Also, the Rockets and Heat continue to produce above their respective pay, while the Clippers and Bulls remain towards the bottom.

NFL Quarterback Total TD Dollars

December 12, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Our latest rankings compare the rate 2013 quarterbacks are scoring both in terms of passing and rushing attempts, to the cost in cap dollars per attempt.

Week 14 NFL Team Value Power Rankings

December 10, 2013 Michael Ginnitti While the Broncos extended their lead, the Panthers, Patriots, and Seahawks all moved backwards in Week 14. Are the Chicago Bears for real? This and more in our latest rankings

Week 13 NFL Team Value Power Rankings

December 3, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Thanksgiving was good to the Lions this year, as Detroit storms into our Top 5. Did Denver do enough to hold off the streaking Carolina Panthers? This and more in our Week 13 team value rankings...

Week 4 NBA Team Value Power Rankings

November 27, 2013 Scott Allen With the continued dominance of the Pacers, Spurs and Trail Blazers, are they playing to their current team value? Also, there is a new team atop of the rankings. Who do you think it is?

Week 12 NFL Team Value Power Rankings

November 26, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Patriots & Broncos lived up to the hype in Week 12, while the Saints, and Panthers dug out big victories. But wins and losses don't always translate to value. See how the latest rankings shook out...

Week 11 NFL Team Value Power Rankings

November 20, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Broncos, Panthers, and Saints have all established themselves at the top of the NFL standings through 11 weeks. But which team currently leads the NFL in total value?

Contract Forecast: Cam Newton

November 18, 2013 Michael Ginnitti He's got 11,603 yards, and 79 touchdowns through 41 games in his young career - but with just 19 wins, the measure on where Carolina Panthers' QB Cam Newton stands in terms of status is tough to gauge. We'll use a unique evaluation process to predict the next contract for the 24 year old.

Contract Forecast: Demaryius Thomas

November 17, 2013 Michael Ginnitti He's been under-the-radar at times in his 2+ NFL seasons, but Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has shown consistently increased production since 2011. Now with Peyton Manning under center, the sky is the limit for physically gifted wideout. With his rookie deal set to expire after 2014, we'll forecast the next contract for Thomas.

Contract Forecast: Maurice Jones-Drew

November 14, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The long-time Jacksonville Jaguars running back hasn't found many wins in his 8 year career, but his statistical production, and durability has been strong. Now playing out the final year of his 5 year $31.1 million contract, we'll assess and forecast what might be next for Maurice Jones-Drew.

Contract Forecast: Ervin Santana

November 7, 2013 Michael Ginnitti He's being considered the top free agent starting pitcher on the market, but does his baseball resume translate to a maximum contract? Our premium team provides a contract forecast for Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana.

Week 9 NFL Team Value Power Rankings

November 5, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Carolina Panthers sit atop our rankings once again, while big moves forward from the Eagles & Jets were countered by big moves back from the Patriots, Bills, Browns, and Colts. View the Week 9 Rankings:

The Injured Reserves

November 2, 2013 Michael Ginnitti 216 players have been placed on the Reserve/Injured through 8 weeks of the 2013 NFL season. We'll breakdown this list by team, position, salary cap figure, and more.

2014 NFL Free Agent Depth Chart

October 28, 2013 Michael Ginnitti While the 2014 NFL Free Agent list doesn't exactly jump off the page, a quick scan finds plenty of above average players playing out final years in their current contracts down the stretch of this season.

Contract Forecast: Brian McCann

October 24, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Brian McCann might be as surprised as the rest of us to hear the reports swirling about a new deal that could reach $100 million this offseason. We'll run him through our prediction formula to assess just where his true value might look like in terms of a contract forecase.

NFL Team Value Power Rankings

October 23, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Spotrac Premium assessed every starting player on every team in terms of true value to produce a real-time NFL Team Value Power Rankings. You'll find plenty of surprises at the top and bottom of this list.

A Decade of NFL Fines

October 19, 2013 Michael Ginnitti An in-depth look into more than 10 years of NFL fines, providing trends, totals, rankings, and more. See which players have donated the most to charity, which types of fines have been most handed out, and some interesting facts to go along the way.

NFL Offensive All-Value Team

October 17, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With 1/3 of the 2013 NFL season complete we'll take a look at the Best Value Offensive Starting Lineup in the NFL in terms of our True Value Statistic and hopefully a little bit of common sense.

Contract Forecast: Jay Cutler

October 10, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With an expiring contract in 2013, and a rejuvenated Bears offense translating to wins thus far, the outlook for a Jay Cutler contract extension is likely. We'll run him through our forecast formula to assess how his potential deal may pan out.

The NFL True Value Statistic

October 8, 2013 Michael Ginnitti We utilize our recently unveiled True Value Statistic to assess and rank offenses around the NFL by player and position to determine where the value in the league currently exists. Some of the results might surprise you.

Current NFL QB True Value Statistic

October 1, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Through four weeks of the NFL season now, it should come as no surprise that quarterback play across the league is the main focus. We'll evaluate statistical production combined with 2013 salary cap figures to calculate each starting QBs current True Value Statistic.

Contract Forecast: Jimmy Graham

September 23, 2013 Michael Ginnitti UPDATED: Off to a hot start in 2013, and rumored to be in negotiations with the Saints, our premium team re-evaluates Jimmy Graham's value, including 2013 stat projections to project a new contract.

2013 Team Dead Money Rankings

September 22, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With 2013 roster sorted out (for the most part) it's a good time to assess just how much damage each team has done in terms of dead money against their salary cap. We'll explain what this means, and provide current rankings:

Contract Forecast: Josh Freeman

September 18, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Josh Freeman was one of the "players to watch" heading into the final year of his 5 year $26 million contract. But the wheels are falling off quickly in Tampa Bay and their quarterback finds himself at the root of the problem. We'll forecast the contract that might never be for Freeman going forward:

NFL All-Value Team: Week 1

September 15, 2013 Michael Ginnitti It's never too early to point out a great value. On the verge of Week 2, we'll take a look at which players from each major statistical position are standout financial values in terms of production thus far.

NFL Power Rankings, Financially

September 3, 2013 Michael Ginnitti A quick glance at ESPN's 1st Edition of NFL Power Rankings in comparison to each team's current cap spendings. Additionally we break down the Seattle Seahawks, who stand at #1, to detail how they're built financially.

Contract Forecast: Greg Hardy

August 29, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Panthers have worked hard to turn around their salary cap situation in the past year, and are wasting no time in using their space with reports of an extension coming for their breakout defensive end Greg Hardy. We recently sent Hardy's 2011-12 seasons through our forecast formula to predict numbers for his new deal.

2013 Team Building: AFC East

August 25, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Bills, Dolphins, Jets, and Patriots all had offseason unique to their own. Off-field situations aside, we'll take a thorough look at how each team changed this summer, through signings, the draft, and more.

Running Backs: Get What You Pay For

August 11, 2013 Michael Ginnitti A look at running backs statistically and financially as the NFL preseason and drafts get into full swing. Which running back will you get what you pay for and which is the best valued running back?

MLB's Biogenesis Financial Implications

August 5, 2013 Michael Ginnitti 14 players will receive formal suspensions from MLB for their connection to the Biogenesis investigation and the use of performing enhanced drugs. Here's a look at who they are, and the financial implications.

Best Value Linebackers

August 3, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Linebackers have been the focal point of team building for the past few years. We break down the value of the today's top linebackers statistically and financially.

Full Extension

July 31, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The "Summer of the Quarterback" may have found its end with the completion of Matt Ryan's 6 year deal in Atlanta. We'll analyze the 6 high-profile QBs who were extended in 2013, and breakdown the nuts and bolts of each deal.

Hard-Capped

July 24, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Some NBA teams are now under the constraints of a hard cap for the 2013-2014 season. See who and why this has happened.

Team by Team Roster Bubble Breakdowns

July 22, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With NFL training camps only days away the time has come to assess players on their respective roster's bubble. We'll analyze each teams potential cuts, and the cost to do so.

Contract Forecast: Morgan Burnett

July 11, 2013 Michael Ginnitti He's not a household name when it comes to major defensive players in the league - but Packers safety Morgan Burnett has quietly and productively outplayed his rookie contract. Our premium team forecasts an extension for the defensive back.

Bang for Your Buck

July 3, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Raul Ibanez is 16 years older than Domonic Brown. But both have 20+ HRs thus far in 2013. A financial look at the home run leaders through 85 games in comparison to team, age, salary, and contract status.

2013 NBA Draft Projected Contracts

July 1, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With the 2013 NBA Draft in the books, the team's focus turns to offseason signings, including their new drafted rookies. The following report projects the total compensation for each of the NBA's 2013 1st Round Picks, and breaks down a few facts surrounding them.

Evgeni Malkin's Next Contract

June 6, 2013 Michael Ginnitti A deep run into the 2012-13 postseason, & 12 more years of Sidney Crosby may only be the tip of the iceberg in Pittsburgh, with 4 major contracts set to expire in the next 12 months. We forecast a new deal for Malkin, and its impact on the Penguins.

Is Dwight Rocket-Gazing?

June 3, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Much of the buzz surrounding Dwight Howard and free agency leads him to the Houston Rockets in 2013-14. We've broken down a year by year assessment of what the new deal should look like, and its impact to the Rockets financially.

Team Spending: Pitch-burgh Pirates

May 31, 2013 Michael Ginnitti They may have the 26th highest payroll for 2013, but for the first time since 1999 the Pirates are going into June well over .500, and firmly in 2nd place in NL Central. But the financial makeup of these Pirates may surprise you:

Contract Forecast: Eric Decker

May 31, 2013 Michael Ginnitti A big 2012 and an expiring contract in 2013 makes Eric Decker a question mark with a growing price tag. Will the breakout WR end up too expensive to keep long-term on a talented Broncos roster? Our forecast indicates he might:

Extending the 2010 NFL Draft

May 30, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The beginning of the 2013 NFL season means, in most cases, the end of the 2010 draft pick's rookie contract. We analyze which players have signed extension, and which of the remaining players should.

Contract Forecast: Reshad Jones

May 24, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Dolphins made major splashes both in free agency and in the draft this offseason, but their next order of business should be locking in their safety Reshad Jones long-term. We predict the numbers here.

Legend Forecast: Ken Griffey Jr.

May 23, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Our first installment of "Legend Forecast" brings us to Ken Griffey Jr. who signed a 9 yr/$112.5M contract with the Reds in 2000. We compare him leading up to that deal with the currently active top-paid/top-producing outfielders to forecast what might have been.

Contract Forecast: Justin Smith

May 23, 2013 Michael Ginnitti He may be nearly 34 years old, but San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith is still producing at a high-level. His 6 year $45 million deal is set to expire after the 2013 season, and our premium team predicts what may be next financially for the 13-year veteran.

A Long-Term Deal for Emmanuel Sanders

May 23, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Fresh off a $2.5 million restricted offer-sheet battle this free agent season, Emmanuel Sanders may be the next receiver to cash in on a long-term extension. We'll see how he stacks up with other mid-level receivers who recently signed.

Contract Forecast: Geno Atkins

May 23, 2013 Michael Ginnitti One of the major components in the Cincinnati Bengals climb to winning form has been the under-the-radar performance of DT Geno Atkins. Entering a contract year in 2013, we'll compare him statistically and financially to forecast a potential extension.

The Next Victor Cruz Contract, v2.0

May 15, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Victor Cruz contract saga continues to drag on - now apparently 3-4M per year apart in talks. We re-evaluate our forecast to include updated variables, and 2012 statistics to determine just how much he's worth.

Contract Forecast: Robinson Cano

May 10, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The costly-injured NY Yankees have yet another major obstacle slowing creeping there way, as their All-Star 2nd Baseman Robinson Cano's contract is set to expire after the 2013 season. Our premium team takes a new approach to forecast a value for his new deal.

Contract Forecast: Clayton Kershaw

May 9, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With recent deals to the likes of Verlander, Hamels, and King Felix, the next in line for a major contract is likely Dodgers young ace Clayton Kershaw. Our premium team predicts the terms for his new, possibly historic, deal.

Contract Forecast: Jairus Byrd

May 6, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The likely next order of business in Buffalo surrounds the extension of young and talented safety Jairus Byrd, who is set to enter 2013 on a $6.9M franchise tag. Our premium team projects a new deal for Byrd.

2013 NFL Draft Projected Contracts

April 26, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Our premium team calculates the projected contracts (total value, signing bonus, and 2013 cap figure) for each draft pick as they're selected.

Contract Forecast: Darrelle Revis

April 21, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The Jets are on the verge of sending CB Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers - a move that is rumored to bring with it a $14M+ average annual new contract. Our premium team forecasts if this number holds up when breaking down his numbers.

Contract Forecast: Jimmy Graham

April 18, 2013 Michael Ginnitti He's become one of the most dominate tight ends in football, but the Saints Jimmy Graham wants to be paid like a wide receiver. Our premium team unlocks just how much he's worth.

Contract Forecast: Dez Bryant

April 16, 2013 Michael Ginnitti His QB is newly extended, and the offensive weapons around him are on the decline. Offering Dez Bryant a long-term extension prior to a potential huge 2013 seems financially smart. Our Prediction for the new deal:

Contract Forecast: Hakeem Nicks

April 16, 2013 Michael Ginnitti While much of the Giants talk focuses on the long-term status of Victor Cruz, the other receiver in town also has a contract expiring after 2013. Spotrac Premium forecasts the next contract for Hakeem Nicks.

5 Years of Running Backs in the Draft

April 11, 2013 Michael Ginnitti The drop in value for running backs may reach a new low as reports state no RB will be taken in the 1st Round this draft. We break down the last 5 drafts of running backs to analyze their value.

Breaking Down the Top 2012 Salaries Per Sport

April 10, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Our premium team took a look at the highest paid player for each major sport last season, expanded a list of money earned per major statistic, and compared that player to the arguable "best value" player of the year for that sport.

Contract Forecast: Matt Ryan

April 8, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With extension to Joe Flacco & Tony Romo under wraps and a monster-deal for Aaron Rodgers on the way, Matt Ryan appears poised to be next in line for a big pay day with the Falcons.

Contract Forecast: Aaron Rodgers

March 28, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With the recent long-term signing of QB Joe Flacco, the Packers appear set to extend their franchise QB. Our premium team compares & predicts the financials:

Arizona Cardinals 2013 Cap Update

March 25, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Our premium team takes a look at Notable Releases, Signings, How the Cardinals are currently built, and where the stand in cap space heading into April’s draft.

Contract Prediction: Mike Wallace v2.0

March 11, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With the recent signing of Dwayne Bowe, and the eerily quiet Greg Jennings camp, Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has quickly become the top focus for the March 12th free agent period set to begin.

Future Contract Prediction: Percy Harvin

February 13, 2013 Michael Ginnitti Recent reports stating that Percy Harvin has demanded a trade or maximum extension (i.e. Calvin Johnson) in Minnesota. Our NFL team puts Harvin through the test to assess his true value, and formulate a reasonable prediction for the talented WR.

A Decade of Super Bowl QB Financials

January 31, 2013 Michael Ginnitti With a unique set of quarterbacks set to take the big stage in Super Bowl XLVII, our team took a look at the past ten Super Bowls and the financial statuses of the starting quarterbacks from each year.

2012 NFL All-Value Offensive Team

January 21, 2013 Michael Ginnitti As the 2012 NFL season nears its end, it's time to take a look back and evaluate the offensives-steals of the season, based on statistical production, durability, and financial cost.

Contract Prediction: Julio Jones

January 20, 2013 Michael Ginnitti As the Falcons continue their Super Bowl run in 2012, they're seeing the makings of a star form in WR Julio Jones. Our NFL team predicts the extension waiting in his wings.

Bubble Quarterbacks & Dead Money

December 20, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Rumors are quickly spreading about quarterbacks that potentially have overstayed their welcome. Spotrac breaks down the current dead money value for these bubble players.

Quarterbacks by Committee : The New NFL?

December 18, 2012 Michael Ginnitti The salary cap ceiling combined with success of recent rookie quarterbacks should have teams thinking differently about how to approach their financial makeups. We break down what each NFL team pays for their quarterbacks.

Rose from the Ashes

December 14, 2012 Michael Ginnitti A year after extending Derrick Rose to a max-deal, the Bulls remain without their star point guard. We analyze how they've faired without their star, and how to handle his return.

The Cheapest NFL MVP

December 5, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Our experts have singled out these 5 as the current front-runners for MVP, including one player who may be the steal of the decade.

MLS Cup 2012

November 30, 2012 Michael Ginnitti A look into the cap values between the Galaxy and Dynamo as they meet in the MLS Cup.

NFL Team Cap Rankings Week 10

November 11, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Spotrac ranks the currentl NFL starting lineups financially, noting how teams are choosing to spend their money positionally, and how it's paying off.

Fantasy Island

November 4, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Now half-way through the season, we look at the Top Fantasy point earners, in relation to their 2012 financial values.

NBA: NoBody Available

October 30, 2012 Michael Ginnitti The 2012-13 NBA season kicks off tonight, but plenty of the league's superstars won't be available. Spotrac lists the high-profile injuries affecting teams early on.

The Victor Cruz Pay Day

October 25, 2012 Michael Ginnitti As the explosive Giants wide receiver nears the end of his rookie contract, our NFL experts analyze his performance over the last 18 months, and formulate a prediction for his new deal.

NBA 2012 Financial Outlook

October 22, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Our premium team breaks down NBA teams by division by looking at the cap total of the top 10 paid players from each team.

2012 NFL Underpaid Stars: Part 1

October 14, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Nearly 6 weeks through the 2012 season, Spotrac takes a look at the players who are outperforming their current salaries or contract terms.

Top Paid NFL Running Back Combos

August 22, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Our premium team breaks down the Top NFL Running Back Combinations from a financial standpoint. Does it pay to pay? How long will these pairings be kept together?

A Tale of Two Gaps

August 2, 2012 Michael Ginnitti A look at the compensation gap between rookies and top veterans in the NBA and NFL.

Contract Prediction: Mike Wallace

July 28, 2012 Michael Ginnitti To no surprise, Steelers' WR Mike Wallace is holding out for a long term extension. Spotrac analyzes if Wallace has a reason to complain, and formulates an official prediction for the new deal.

Breaking down the Ryan Fitzpatrick Contract

July 27, 2012 Michael Ginnitti The Bills made a splash this offseason, but their push to the top started last season when their QB signed a 7 yr $62 million extension. Spotrac breaks down the value of his new deal.

Contract Prediction: Joe Flacco

July 19, 2012 Michael Ginnitti With the recent long-term signing of running back Ray Rice, the next logical order of business should be to lock up their franchise quarterback Joe Flacco to an extension. Here's our official prediction.

The Contract Welker Should Have Signed

July 17, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Spotrac analyzes the production of Wes Welker and compares him to receivers of his class to produce an official prediction for the contract that never happened.

The Linsane Value of NBA Point Guards

July 16, 2012 Michael Ginnitti With a $25 million offer on the table for Jeremy Lin, Spotrac analyzes the value of signing a point guard this offseason, and why the numbers for Lin are just fine.

Predicting the Ray Rice Contract

July 13, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Ray Rice has become one of the most explosive offensive threats in the NFL. Currently under the franchise tag with the Ravens, Spotrac analyzes his next potential long-term deal.

NFL Fantasy Value Projections

June 21, 2012 Michael Ginnitti A few NFL offensive players broke the fantasy mold in 2011. Spotrac takes a look at the value of 2011 fantasy numbers, and projects how 2012 might break down.

Free Agent Contracts: Less is More

June 14, 2012 Michael Ginnitti The 2012 MLB season is young, but the standings have sports & financial experts spinning, as major markets and big spenders find themselves at or near the basements of their respective divisions.

Predicting the Matt Forte Contract

June 12, 2012 Michael Ginnitti NFL running backs have been the focus of 2012 offseason signings. With Matt Forte franchised, Spotrac predicts his potential long-term contract.

Contract Forecast: Josh Hamilton

June 2, 2012 Michael Ginnitti Spotrac analyzes the career statistics, most current statistics, market values, and recent comparable contract signings to compile our prediction for Josh Hamilton's upcoming contract.