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February 28, 2019 Michael GinnittiAs the combine kicks off and the NFL conversation turns to free agency and the draft, trade talk is often pushed to back room. But NFL teams have been increasingly using the trade as a viable team-building piece over the past few seasons. We've identified 24 players who may be on the trade block heading toward March, including the cost to do so.
February 19, 2019 Michael GinnittiAs the franchise tag window officially opens, we take a quick look at ten players who are likely to be slapped with a tag, including the projected cost to do so, and their calculated market value for a long-term extension.
February 7, 2019 Michael GinnittiWith the NBA trade deadline just hours away (3PM EST, February 7th), we'll begin to break down the numbers for each notable move, including current and future financial ramifications for all players & teams.
January 31, 2019 Michael GinnittiIt's no secret that the best quarterback of our generation hasn't exactly been the highest paid player on an annual basis, but how much less has he really been accepting? We took a crack at adjusting each of Brady's contracts over the past 19 seasons to see how much more than $212M he could have earned.
January 24, 2019 Michael GinnittiThe first edition of our annual NFL Roster Bubble list highlights 80+ players who are trending toward the possibility of becoming a cap casualty for their respective team in 2019. We've broken this list down by position, including specific financial ramifications to trade or release each player next offseason.
January 10, 2019 Michael GinnittiWith reports from Steelers ownership today that Antonio Brown’s future with the Steelers is “unlikely”, we’ll do a deep dive into the scenarios financial ramifications for his potential trade out of Pittsburgh.
January 4, 2019 Michael GinnittiOur look at five potential NBA trades that may happen (but almost certainly never will) leading up to the February 7th trade deadline, including deals for the Pelicans, Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, and Mavericks - but not the ones you're likely thinking of.
December 30, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith the NFL playoffs now upon us, we'll take a thorough look at the current and future finances of each postseason team, including how they're spending their dollars positionally, their 2019 cap space outlook, notable pending free agents, and a few players who may be on the bubble.
November 19, 2018 Michael GinnittiThis week's round up highlights the future financial outlook for Alex Smith fresh off of his unfortunate Week 11 injury, a look ahead to notable NBA free agents at each position, which NFL teams are cash-heavy into their defense, and is it worth it? And are the Mets trading one of their aces this winter?
November 12, 2018 Michael GinnittiOur Monday morning round up takes a look around the early NBA season, including what may come from tough starts in Houston & Washington, the future for LeBron's Lakers, and what the acquisition of Jimmy Butler means in Philly, now and later.
November 6, 2018 Michael GinnittiWe continue our MLB offseason financial series with the NL West, providing an outlook of each team's financial status, including 2019 payroll, notable free agents, option decision, arbitration-eligibilites, and contract extension and/or trade candidates as well.
November 5, 2018 Michael GinnittiOur latest Monday Morning Financial Round Up dives into the many ramifications of Sam Bradford's release in Arizona, Clayton Kershaw's revised payday with the Dodgers, the Sacramento Kings & the Best Value NBA teams thus far, and of course, an obligatory Le'Veon Bell update.
November 2, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith the 2017 NFL regular season now nearly half complete, we'll take a look back at the free agent season that was. We've identified all notable free agent signings with contracts north of $1M from each team, assessing a "Value Level" for each based on $ vs. production. View the player and team grades...
November 1, 2018 Michael GinnittiJimmy Butler's asked for a trade, he's skipped practice, he's held out of preseason, and now he's taking nights off here and there to protest his current situation in Minnesota (though he'll tell you he's just tired). We discuss the money Butler is about to make in 2019, and a few trade destinations & scenarios.
October 30, 2018 Michael GinnittiWe begin our MLB offseason financial series with the AL Central, providing an outlook of each team's financial status, including 2019 payroll, notable free agents, players with options, arbitration-eligibilites, and contract extension and/or trade candidates as well.
October 29, 2018 Michael GinnittiOur weekly Monday morning financial round up highlights the quick, apparent fall of Jameis Winston in Tampa, the return to prominence of Andrew Luck in Indy, a surprising start for the Seahawks, yet another championship in Boston, & one Maple Leafs player goes down, while another still isn't even signed yet.
October 28, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith the 2018 regular season nearly half way complete, we'll start to look ahead financially. We've identified 5 players who should be, or definitely will be, in need of a new contract in the coming months, assessing their value through the current season, and projecting the numbers going forward.
October 23, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe rumor mills are full of NFL players who could be, should be, might be, or want to be moved as we approach the October 30 trade deadline. We've identified seven of those candidates, breaking down all of the numbers should they be moved now, or next offseason.
October 22, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe Jaguars have all but had it with QB Blake Bortles - our look at the financial cost to cut or trade him in the coming months. And, the Rams spent a lot of dollars to keep their own this summer, and they've been rewarded ever since. How the cash flows in LA, and who might be in need of a deal there next? Plus. 5 NFL soon to be free agents trending up through 7 weeks.
October 15, 2018 Michael GinnittiCase Keenum trending down, Nathan Peterman's interceptions trending up, plus the Raiders appear poised to sell, the Patriots appear poised to win big, and the Cowboys might be something?
October 1, 2018 Michael GinnittiA look at the financial ramifications for Earl Thomas (FS, SEA), & Tyler Eifert's (TE, CIN) apparent season injuries, and what Le'Veon Bell should be thinking in lei, plus it was a good weekend for kickers, but not so much for rookie quarterbacks (and a few Hall of Fame bound veterans as well).
September 26, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe Red Sox will bring the highest payroll and the most regular season wins into the postseason, but how do the other teams compare? Plus, we assess the financial statuses of the league's notable candidates for MVP, CY Young, and Rookie of the Year.
September 24, 2018 Michael GinnittiOur Week 3 NFL round up highlights the financial ramifications of Jimmy Garoppolo's injury, and a few possible trade & free agent replacements. Plus, Sam Bradford's benching is a lot more costly than you might initially think. Plus, Le'Veon Bell is on the trade block, and Earl Thomas wants to be. Our thoughts on both situations heading toward Week 4.
September 10, 2018 Michael GinnittiWhile Week 1 of the NFL season still hasn't entirely wrapped yet, the injuries to notable players across the league are unfortunately piling up. We'll take a look at a few players who were banging up this weekend, including their financial statuses this year and going forward.
August 30, 2018 Michael GinnittiOur thoughts about the goods, the bads, & the numbers surrounding Aaron Rodgers' historic extension with the Packers, including a reset of the NFL contract market, and its impact on a few QBs who are next in line to cash in.
August 28, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith Odell Beckham Jr. now locked in with the Giants for at least a few more years, it’s high time we take dive into what has become a truly remarkable WR draft class from 2014. We take a financial look at the 15 receivers drafted in the first three rounds, including production, earnings, & more.
August 27, 2018 Michael GinnittiOdell Beckham Jr. put a much needed jolt into the NFL contract world when he penned a 5 year, $90 million new-money extension to remain with the New York Giants for the foreseeable future. We’ll take a quick look at the details that are known, assessing how everything ranks out across the board.
August 25, 2018 Michael GinnittiA deep dive into the most important position in football, as we assess guarantees, true values, potential outs, contract breakdowns, age & financial comparisons from 2017 to 2018, and our thoughts about the QB situation for all 32 NFL teams heading toward September. Keep scrolling...
August 22, 2018 Michael GinnittiAs many, if not most, fantasy football leagues head for their draft day, we'll take a quick look at the top available players at each position, making note of their actual contract status, their stability with their current team, and an upcoming free agent dates.
August 13, 2018 Michael GinnittiNEW: Our 2018 #NFL Regular Season Fantasy Contest is now open. Create a free roster, selecting 1 player from each NFL team, while keeping your salary cap low, for a chance at $500 in cash prizes.
August 1, 2018 Michael GinnittiMLB saw 50 trades posted in the month of July as teams became buyers and/or sellers leading up to yesterday's deadline. We take a look at the player movement from each team, including financial ramifications to their 2018 payroll.
July 19, 2018 Michael GinnittiFor many years now MLB contracts have come with lots of zeros, over many years, at a fully guaranteed rate. While things have normalized a bit in recent seasons, a few active contracts still stand out as busts. We assess a few...
July 16, 2018 Michael GinnittiWhile the All-Star break isn't quite the halfway point of the regular season, it's always a good time to step back and assess production & value. We announce our current Best-Value Lineup using our True Value Statistic, as well as our Team Financial Power Rankings through mid-July.
July 15, 2018 Michael GinnittiA quick look at a few players from each NFL team who are reportedly battling for a roster spot this summer, including the financial ramifications to trade or release him in the coming months.
July 13, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe NFL's rookie wage scale, now in its 8th year, was added to assure veterans got paid. Is it working? Plus, the push for more guaranteed dollars is real, where will it take us? And plenty of teams selected their next "franchise QB" at the top of recent drafts. Can they actually win the Super Bowl?
July 10, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith most draft picks now under contract, the NFL offseason shifts to roster bubbles, contract extensions, and even trade candidates as teams head toward training camp. We've identified a few hot takes that make sense before the 2018 season.
July 9, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe 2018 edition of the MLB All-Star game features a mixed bag of youth and veteran talents. We’ll take a look at the total rosters, including their 2018 compensation, total career earnings to date, & free agent statuses.
July 7, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe 2018 MLB trade deadline is less than four weeks away, and the hot stoves are burning with rumors. We assess whether each MLB team will be buyers or sellers, including potential player fits, and financial ramifications.
June 25, 2018 Michael GinnittiIt's becoming clear that Angels' OF Mike Trout isn't just baseball's current best player, but arguably on track to be the GOAT. We take a deep-dive into Trout's pay vs. production, including its effect to the upcoming paydays for Bryce Harper & Manny Machado.
June 22, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe reported 3-game suspension for Jameis Winston to start the 2018 season adds more question to his long-term role with the Buccaneers organization. With a near $21M option-year looming in 2019, we discuss his career to date, and what might be in store for the 24-year-old going forward.
June 19, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith the NBA now officially in offseason mode, we’ll take a quick look at some facts and figures for the upcoming draft, rookie contracts, trade math, restricted free agency period, & specific numbers for LeBron, Kawhi, & Kyrie.
June 11, 2018 Michael GinnittiKeeping a super-team together for a stretch of time is becoming increasingly impossible in sports. But the Golden State Warriors appear poised to be the closest thing to a dynasty this generation might ever see. We break down their upcoming financial scenarios.
May 21, 2018 Michael GinnittiWe're still two-plus months away from the 2018 MLB trade deadline, but as rosters begin to settle in, and the standings begin to spread out a bit, we'll take a look at a player from each team who could be on the block.
May 10, 2018 Michael GinnittiWhile big numbers are easily tossed around when a new NFL contract is announced, there are a few specific metrics that should become the most important figures to seek out. We assess recent signings based on League Cap Percentage & Percent Guaranteed at Signing, positionally.
May 7, 2018 Michael GinnittiAs the NBA Postseason begins to near the finish line, the discussions for most will turn to the offseason, where a handful of elite players will be forced into decisions regarding their immediate futures. We take a look at the numbers & logical assumptions for Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Paul George, & DeMarcus Cousins.
May 4, 2018 Michael GinnittiIt wasn’t a matter of if, but when would Matt Ryan become the next-man-up as the NFL’s highest paid player, but boy did he come away from a contract. We break down the numbers, structure, and rankings.
April 23, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith free agency dwindling down and the draft just days away, we'll take a quick snapshot look at how each team is currently allocating cap dollars positionally, as well as notable draft needs, current projected cap space, and thoughts going forward for each.
April 16, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith the free agency buzz dwindling, we shift our attention to currently signed players who are in the market for a new contract with their respective teams, including calculated values, projections, and more.
April 3, 2018 Michael GinnittiNow that the dust has settled a bit, we take a snapshot look at the free agent frenzy that was, notably the upfront guarantees of contracts, the adjusted potential outs for major signings, & Winners, Losers thus far.
March 27, 2018 Michael GinnittiSpring is in the air (sort of), and with it comes baseball. We've broken out a thorough look at 2018 MLB team payrolls, opening day 25-Man rosters, positional spending, how they're built, how this year compares to last, offseason spending patterns and more.
March 9, 2018 Michael GinnittiThey can't become official until the new league year (March 14th), but the pending NFL offseason has already seen 10 trade agreements hit the airwaves. We take a look at the financial impact going in and out for all teams with trade agreements in place.
March 9, 2018 Michael GinnittiAs the game on the field changes, so too must the business side of football. Veteran running back contracts have become more prevalently tossed aside, making way for younger, cheaper depth. We took a look at just how unstable RB contracts have been since 2012.
March 4, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe most important position in football will have plenty of movement in the coming weeks. We assess every team's current QB status, offering predictions for who to sign, draft, release, restructure, trade, in each case. 100% positive to be 100% wrong.
March 2, 2018 Michael GinnittiSlowly but surely, trades have become a more popular process for NFL teams to improve, rebuild, or shed cap dollars both in-season, and at the start of the league year. We've identified a few teams & players who may be on the move this spring, including three specific scenarios.
February 27, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe season of roster cuts, restructures, trades, & even retirements brings up an important vice connected to NFL contracts - dead cap. We'll take a quick look at what it is, why it's important, and which players and teams have accounted for the most in recent years.
February 19, 2018 Michael GinnittiAs MLB free agency FINALLY starts to kick into gear this offseason, we'll take an in-depth look at how contracts have changed (or have they?) over the past five free agent seasons.
February 19, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe window for NFL teams to begin applying franchise tags to current players opens on February 20th, lasting for two weeks. We’ll take a quick look at a few notable players who are likely destined for a tag, including the projected cost to do so. (actual franchise tag values won’t be known until the league solidifies the 2018 salary cap in a week or so.
February 19, 2018 Michael GinnittiWe've identified players from each NFL team who may be trending toward the 2018 roster bubble, based on performance vs. compensation & dead cap structure. The list below shows the individual financial implications to trade or release each player based on various bonus dates some may have.
February 14, 2018 Michael GinnittiAn offseason look at a view Buffalo Bills with contractual question marks heading into 2018, and the cap ramifications should they retire, be traded, or be released in the coming weeks.
February 5, 2018 Michael GinnittiAs the NFL flips the switch to offseason mode, we take a look at the New England Patriots who have plenty of questions to answer this spring, including the status of a few key, aging players, contract considerations for pending free agents & extension candidates, and a few names who might be on the bubble in 2018.
January 31, 2018 Michael GinnittiKirk Cousins will draw plenty of interest from plenty of teams on the open free agent market - some of which will need to make financial and roster space to acquire him. We’ll take a quick look at the top contenders, including their current financial situation, and any potential moves to be made.
January 29, 2018 Michael GinnittiA unique look at a few different sides of the New England Patriots & Philadelphia Eagles, including a financial look at 'how they got here', 'how they're built', 'where they're going', top earners, notable free agents, extension candidates and more.
January 25, 2018 Michael GinnittiWith the NFL offseason officially around the corner, we break down 50 prospective & potential free agents at each position group, highlighting their previous salary, projected market value, and our thoughts going forward.
January 19, 2018 Michael GinnittiThe 2017 NFL season is down to its final four teams, including a set of rosters put together very differently both in terms of scheme and pay. We'll take a look at how the spending breakdowns for these teams as it pertains to their projected starting lineups for championship week.
January 15, 2018 Michael GinnittiFor the first time in years, legitimate, experienced starting QBs will be hitting the open market. Toss in a few more on the cap casualty/trade block, and a half dozen more expected to go early in the draft, and the most important position in football may very well be oversaturated this spring. We take a look at who these quarterbacks are, what they're worth, and how the market might shape up.
January 1, 2018 Michael GinnittiA quick look at how each of the 12 NFL playoff teams have spent their cap dollars positionally, plus a look forward to 2018, including projected cap space, potential cut candidates, and notable free agents.
December 20, 2017 Michael GinnittiThe last time a $100 million NFL contract actually amounted to $100 million was, never. We take a look at notable current multi-year QB contracts, assessing their actual value across 3 years, & their more likely total value.
November 29, 2017 Michael GinnittiAs we head toward the finish line of the 2017 NFL regular season,12 teams appear to have question marks surrounding their quarterback position heading toward 2018. We'll take a close look at each team's QB status for 2018, including cap figures, dead cap scenarios, implications to trade or release players, and our thoughts going forward.
November 27, 2017 Michael GinnittiAfter a Week 11 benching, the Bills turned back to their efficient QB, who led them to a Week 12 victory in Kansas City. With an $18M cap figure in 2018, where does Taylor's financial future lie? We took a look...
November 16, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith the 2017 NFL regular season now well past the half way point, we'll turn the page ahead to 2018, taking a look at players on each NFL team primed for a contract extension, or possibly headed toward a release next spring.
November 13, 2017 Michael GinnittiOur MLB offseason preview takes a look at past and current payrolls, notable free agents, and possible contract extension & trade candidates from each of the 30 MLB teams heading toward the chaotic winter meetings.
November 7, 2017 Michael GinnittiOptions have been decided upon, Qualifying Offers have been extended, and the MLB Free Agency is officially open for business. We take a look at the top players at each position, assessing their calculated & likely market values heading into the winter.
November 5, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith 2017 MLB awards set to be announced on Monday, we'll take a look at the reported top candidates for MVP, Cy Young, & Rookie of the Year in each league, noting their current and future financial compensation & rankings.
November 1, 2017 Michael GinnittiGenerally quiet, the 2017 NFL trade deadline has already provided a few blockbuster surprises. We’ll take a deep dive into each move, noting the financial implications for each side.
October 26, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith the 2017 NFL regular season nearly half complete, we'll take a quick look back at notable free agent signings from each team, providing a Value Level for each based on $ vs. Production.
October 23, 2017 Michael GinnittiTuesday will mark the start of a somewhat historic World Series matchup, as two 100+ win teams will battle for the championship. The Los Angeles Dodgers are seeking their first title since 1988, while the Houston Astros will be looking for the first in franchise history. We'll take a quick look at the matchup from a positional, financial, and statistical standpoint.
October 17, 2017 Michael GinnittiAfter an offseason that saw nearly 4 Billion in free agent signings and extensions, the 2017-18 NBA regular season is upon on us. We've broken down all active payrolls, showing how each team is spending their cap dollars positionally to start the year.
October 11, 2017 Michael GinnittiCreate a 30-man roster, selecting 1 player from each NBA team, while keeping your total salary cap low for a chance to win $250 in cash prizes. This contest will run through the first half of the 2017-18 regular season (October 17, 2017 - January 7th, 2018).
October 3, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith the 2017 MLB Playoffs upon, we'll take an in-depth look at how each postseason roster shakes out in terms of age, contract status, and current financials. This page will be updated as the postseason moves along.
May 15, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith the draft now behind us, the offseason conversation turns toward final 53-man rosters. We'll take a look at players who have been reported to be "on the bubble" heading toward summer workouts, including the cap ramifications to trade or release each along the way.
May 10, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith NFL rosters taking shape we'll take a snapshot look at the current contract statuses for notable QBs on every NFL team, including the costs to cut or trade them this summer, or next spring.
May 7, 2017 Michael GinnittiAs the current NBA postseason nears a conclusion, we'll take a close look at the top stories forthcoming this offseason, including notable extension candidates, players with options, key free agents, and salary cap allocations & space for each team heading toward the summer.
April 26, 2017 Michael GinnittiOur in-depth look at the movement of NFL draft picks after their rookie contracts expire, broken down by team and position, including the percent of players retained, relinquished and more...
April 19, 2017 Michael GinnittiAn in-depth look at how each NFL team is spending its 2017 cap dollars across each position group heading toward the draft, including cap percentages, combined average salaries, average player ages, and more...
April 13, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith the NBA Playoffs now upon us we take a close look at how the active roster for each of the 16 postseason teams are broken down positionally. We've broken out combined cap dollars for Guards, Forwards, Centers, Starting Lineups and more.
April 2, 2017 Michael GinnittiWith the 2017 regular season now upon us, we'll take a close look at how teams have allocated their dollars, including positional breakdowns, 25-Man rosters, offseason spending, and more.
March 9, 2017 Michael GinnittiThe 2017 NFL league year will kickoff at 4PM EST. We'll be tracking all the signings, trades, restructures across various tools throughout the website as details become available. For now, here's a look at the best available free agents heading toward the signing period.
February 19, 2017 Michael GinnittiAs the 2017 NFL regular season heads toward the home stretch, we've begun to collect a list of players by position who may be trending toward their current team's 2018 roster bubble, based on performance vs. compensation & dead cap structure.
February 13, 2017 Michael GinnittiAs the 2017 league year nears we take a snapshot look at the current offseason status for each team, including projected cap space, potential cap casualties, notable free agents, extension candidates, and more.
January 6, 2017 Michael GinnittiOur first look at NFL players at each position who's contract status for 2017 may be in question, in terms of a player/team option, or potential trade/release/restructure candidate.
November 29, 2016 Michael GinnittiThe New York Mets made the first big splash of the offseason by bringing back OF Yoenis Cespedes on a whopping 4 year, $110M contract. Our look at how the numbers breakdown for the Mets and across the league.
November 10, 2016 Michael GinnittiWhile free agency and trade rumors will dominate MLB's news coverage this time of year, we'll take a quick look at how the young star hitters of the game are trending financially.
September 26, 2016 Michael GinnittiAs the regular season winds down, we take a snapshot look at how each team spent their money in 2016, including active players by position, and injury, retained, buried salaries.
September 22, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith the 2016 MLB regular season winding down we'll take a look at our previous list of players set to hit the free agent market this winter. We've re-calculated our valuations for notable players at each position, providing calculated & likely market value average salary projections for their next contract.
September 20, 2016 Michael GinnittiTom Brady and the Patriots front office have worked hand in hand over the past 17 years to ensure that he's compensated well, but in a manner that provide team flexibility. We take a quick look at his career contracts highlighting some of these maneuvers along the way.
September 19, 2016 Michael GinnittiAs is the unfortunate case each year, injuries have begun to pile up early on in this NFL season. We take a look at a few of the more notable ones, highlighting each player's current contract status going forward.
September 8, 2016 Michael GinnittiThe Saints and Drew Brees agreed on a 1 year $24.25M contract extension Wednesday, keeping the 37-year-old QB in the fold thru the 2017 season. We take a look at the structure, cap impact, rankings, and future options going forward.
September 4, 2016 Michael GinnittiWhile NFL rosters will continue to change on an hourly basis in the coming days, we'll take a snapshot look at how the first batch of 53-man rosters breaks down financially.
August 31, 2016 Michael GinnittiNFL teams processed plenty of transactions over the course of the past 48 hours as they shuffled to trim their rosters to the mandated 75. We'll take a quick look at how these 75-man squads are built financially as we head toward final 53-man roster moves.
August 22, 2016 Michael GinnittiAn updated look at players reported to be on their respective team's roster bubble, and the current financial ramifications should they be released or traded. Send suggestions to @spotrac.
August 12, 2016 Michael GinnittiThe Bills have signed QB Tyrod Taylor to a reported 5 year $92 million base extension, that appears to include just 1 year of guaranteed salary at signing, and club options in the final two years of the deal.
August 5, 2016 Michael GinnittiNow one of the most versatile and productive defensive backs in the game, Tyrann Matheui agreed to a 5 year, $62.5M extension with the Arizona Cardinals this week. We'll take a look at the structure and breakdown of the contract, including how it ranks among other deals.
July 28, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith rosters beginning to take shape for the upcoming 2016 season, we'll take a look at one player on each of the 32 NFL teams who could be a candidate for a significant contract extension in the coming months. In many cases we've including our calculated projected value for that player's next contract.
July 19, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith the August 1st trade deadline less than two weeks away, we've identified 15 players rumored to be on the trade block, including their salary remaining in 2016, and contract statuses going forward.
July 14, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith training camps just a few weeks away, we've created a list of notable players who may be fighting for a roster spot this month, including the financial ramifications should the team release or trade the player.
July 13, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith the 2016 MLB season now halfway in the books we'll take a moment to assess where each team's dollars are being spent, including positional breakdowns, players on the disabled list, playoff chances, best values, and more.
July 11, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith training camps just a few weeks away the focus for many NFL teams turns away from adding to trimming down their 2016 rosters. We take a snapshot look at where each team currently stands in terms of signed players, active roster cap, accrued dead cap, and estimated 90-man cap space.
July 11, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith the unofficial first half of the MLB season now in the books, we'll take a moment to look back at which players from each position have provided the best value in terms of Production vs. Compensation, utilizing our calculated True Value Score.
July 6, 2016 Scott AllenDwyane Wade's contract demands and counter offers in Miami have ranged from $20M to $25M per year. We run the 34-year-old through our projection formula to assess his current market value as he nears a new contract.
July 5, 2016 Michael GinnittiKevin Durant's 2 year agreement to join the Golden State Warriors shook the sports world yesterday. We take a look at the money he's set to make in 2016, how much he left on the table by leaving Oklahoma City, and his contract scenarios for next year's free agent season.
June 29, 2016 Michael GinnittiLeBron James has officially opted-out of his player option for the 2016-17 season and has already come forward in declaring he's going nowhere. But just in case, our look at his salary options with or without the Cavaliers.
June 29, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith training camp just a month away, we'll take a look back at the quarterback movement across the league, including Extensions, Free Agent signings, Trades, Draft Picks, and Undrafted Free Agent signings.
June 27, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith July 1st just days away the discussion turns away from last week's draft and immediately to the start of the free agent season. We'll take a look at a few notable free agents from each position group, and their financial projections.
June 25, 2016 Michael GinnittiThe 1st round of the 2016 NHL Draft from Buffalo, NY included 12 young stars from the United States - the most ever. Our look at all the picks by position, country, former team and more...
June 21, 2016 Michael GinnittiWith the offseason now here, teams will quickly shift focus to the upcoming July 1st free agency period. With option decision to be made, and a salary cap set to rise to $94M, plenty of money will be in motion in the next few weeks. Our look at each team's financial breakdown...
June 13, 2016 Scott AllenAn already loaded 2016 NBA Free Agent class could become even more crowded with plenty of elite, notable players carrying options into the offseason. We're tracking all player, club, and mutual options along with the financial breakdowns here.
April 25, 2016 Michael GinnittiWhile many NFL contracts look absurd on paper, the real truth behind them lies in the "fully guaranteed money". The following table shows the combined total of base salaries or roster bonuses that are already fully guaranteed right now for each NFL team broken down across the next 3 seasons.
April 12, 2016 Michael GinnittiIt's never too early to look ahead. We take a look at the current and prospective guaranteed salaries & bonuses for players in the 2017 season in comparison to their team's respective salary cap outlook.
April 3, 2016 Michael GinnittiBreaking down the opening day financials for each of the 30 MLB teams heading into the 2016 season, including positional spending, starting rotation salaries, offseason spending, and more.
January 27, 2016 Michael GinnittiAs the offseason comes closer to focus, we've taken the measures to track down as many specific dates and figures pertaining to guaranteed salaries and bonuses that are soon to come to terms.
January 14, 2016 Michael GinnittiAssessing the financial health of each NFL team heading toward the new league year, including estimated cap space, and the percent of cap $ allocated to projected starters. We've also highlighted notable free agents and team needs for each team. This report will update automatically as transactions process.
January 1, 2016 Michael GinnittiAs the calendar flips to 2016, we'll take an early look ahead to next year rosters, identifying a list of players who are rumored to be on the "roster bubble". Our piece includes all financial implications for trading or releasing these players heading into the new league year.
December 8, 2015 Michael GinnittiWhile the sample size is tiny, the Bills may finally have an answer to their 20-year search for a starting QB. We'll calculate the current market value of Tyrod Taylor through his first 10 games in Buffalo, comparing his Passing/Rushing statistics to QBs of similar age & production who have recently signed deals.
November 27, 2015 Michael GinnittiAn up and down 4 years appears to be ending on a high note for Doug Martin, whose rookie contract is set to expire after the 2015 campaign. We'll assess his current market value as he heads toward a new deal.
November 17, 2015 Michael GinnittiIt's been a rollercoaster ride in Washington through 3+ seasons, but Kirk Cousins is slowly beginning to show that he's worth a second contract. We'll assess the 27 year old's current market value as he nears free agency, based on his 2015 production, projected out to 16 games.
October 16, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals head into the ALCS with 25-Man payrolls just $1.5M apart. Our look salaries, and contract statuses for the starters and reserves.
October 10, 2015 Michael GinnittiJust 26 years old, Matt Harvey finds himself amidst one of the best young pitching rotations in all of baseball. With one more year of arbitration remaining with the Mets, the push for a long-term contract has already begun. We'll assess Harvey's current market value as he nears his first big pay day.
October 9, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe NLDS 25-Man roster payrolls range from $85M, to $184M. We breakdown the financials for each NLDS 25-Man roster, noting Game 1 starters, upcoming free agents, 2016 player contract statuses, and more.
October 7, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe Pittsburgh Pirates starting 9 accounts for just $26M in 2015 payroll; $12M less than the Cubs starters, and $77.8M less than the Yankees put on the field against the Astros last night. Our complete financial breakdown for tonight's game:
October 6, 2015 Michael GinnittiIt should be no secret that the Yankees and Astros are built very different in terms of experience and finances. We take a look at the selected rosters for the 1-game series, comparing the payroll for each.
September 25, 2015 Michael GinnittiHe's under contract through 2019, but with $6M in guaranteed money remaining, it might soon be time for the Patriots to re-address Rob Gronkowski's deal. We assess his current value here.
September 14, 2015 Michael GinnittiHe's been the talk of the league since being acquired by the Mets at the deadline, and with an expiring contract his timing couldn't be better. We take a look at the recent statistical production of Yoenis Cespedes, producing a valuation to project his next contract.
September 6, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith preliminary 53-man rosters now in place (for a second or two), we've developed an interactive, real-time look at how each team is currently allocating their cap dollars positionally.
September 1, 2015 Michael GinnittiHe's no longer the starting QB in Washington, and my not be a member of the team much longer as well , but the book on Robert Griffin III's career isn't likely closed yet. We'll assess his statistical production over the past two seasons to determine what his value would be, had he been in line for an extension.
August 31, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe 92nd highest average paid starting pitcher in MLB capped a dominant 2015 season thus far with a no-hitter against the Dodgers Sunday night. While arbitration-eligible through 2017, we'll assess the current market value of Cubs SP Jake Arrieta.
August 24, 2015 Michael GinnittiA look at notable NFL players rumored to be on the 53-man "roster bubble", including their current cap hit, and the savings to the team should they trade or release the player.
August 24, 2015 Scott AllenTristan Thompson pulled the plug on a recent 5 year $80M offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, looking to be paid "more like his peers". We'll assess the current mathematical value for Thompson as the summer winds down.
August 20, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe "secret weapon" of the Bengals defense is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2015. Our look at the current value of strong safety George Iloka, projecting his forthcoming extension.
August 19, 2015 Michael GinnittiWhile off-the-field issues and injury concerns have surrounded Marcell Dareus through his first 4 seasons in Buffalo, there's no denying his elite skillset. Now entering a contract year with the Bills, we'll assess Dareus' current value, forecasting what an extension should look like in the coming months.
August 17, 2015 Michael GinnittiHe can run, he can catch, and he's been the cornerstone of the Chicago Bears offense over the past 4 seasons. With an expiring contract in 2015, our unique assessment of Matt Forte's current financial value.
August 13, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe next duo of former first round drafted wide receivers inline for major paydays are now Julio Jones (ATL) and A.J. Green (CIN). We'll assess the current value of Green over the past two seasons, forecasting the extension he may be putting pen to paper for in a few weeks.
August 13, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith WRs paygrades increasing by the week around the NFL, it's likely time for another to address his contract in the coming weeks. Antonio Brown is currently the 14th highest AAV WR in the NFL, and carries no guaranteed money over the final 3 years of his deal. We'll assess his current value heading into 2015.
August 12, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith extensions for Dez Bryant & Demaryius Thomas now in the books, the focus quickly turns to Falcons' top wide receiver Julio Jones, whose set to play out a $10.176M 5th year option in 2015. We'll assess his current value, mathematically calculating what his extension might look like.
August 10, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe Seahawks have been plenty busy this offseason, but Kam Chancellor's holdout remains a lingering issue heading toward the preseason. We'll assess Chancellor's current value should the two sides agree that a new deal is warranted.
July 30, 2015 Michael GinnittiAs teams kickoff camp, and the 2015 regular season nears, we'll take an updated look at projected starting lineups for each of the 32 NFL teams, financially; showinghow teams are set to spend on their offense, defense, and special teams starter, while also breaking down each lineup individually.
July 26, 2015 Michael GinnittiOne of the best kept secrets in the league the past three seasons, Buccaneers OLB Lavonte David is set to enter a contract year in 2015. We'll assess his current value, projecting what an upcoming extension might look like for the 25 year old.
July 23, 2015 Michael GinnittiEli Manning's 6 year $97.5M contract with the Giants is set to expire after the 2015 season. We'll take a look at the recent production of the 11 year QB, assessing his value as he heads toward his next payday.
July 23, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith $151.3M allocated to their 2016 salary cap already, the Jets may have trouble keeping some of their key players in house soon. We'll assess the current value of one, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, heading into a contract year.
July 23, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe Seahawks have plenty of contracts set to expire after 2015, including starting OT Russell Okung. We'll assess his current value as he seeks a new deal for the upcoming season.
July 19, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe young, talented Colts are almost to their breaking point financially, with much of their core due for sophomore contracts in the coming year. We'll assess WR T.Y. Hilton's value, likely the first of the group to garner a new deal.
July 19, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith QB Cam Newton now under contract, the next Panthers player in line should be ILB Luke Kuechly. At just 24 years old, the captain of the defense has a long and bright future in Carolina. We'll project his current value to forecast a possible upcoming extension.
July 17, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe Steelers wasted no time in locking down one of their own Thursday, signing DE Cameron Heyward to a 6 year $59.2 million extension. We'll take a reverse approach to our general forecasting process, plugging Heyward into our formula to see how the new contract fairs in terms of calculated value.
July 13, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe St. Louis Rams are in talks to extend newly acquired QB Nick Foles, whose rookie contract is set to expire after the 2015 season. We'll assess his current value, projecting the new money he might see in his next deal.
July 4, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith the July 15th deadline to extend franchise tagged players looming, a deal between Dez Bryant and the Cowboys appears imminent. We'll calculate the current value of Bryant, forecasting what the extension might look like.
June 17, 2015 Michael GinnittiWhile much of the talk surrounding Russell Wilson's extension have subsided for now, those regarding ILB Bobby Wagner have heated back up. Wagner has made it clear that he's seeking $10M per year for his new contract. We'll assess his value at this time.
June 9, 2015 Michael GinnittiThe Broncos saw plenty of their players earn major paydays elsewhere this offseason, but may be on the verge of keeping one of their own for the future. We'll project the current value of WR Demaryius Thomas, forecasting his possible extension.
June 8, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith Cam Newton's major extension now in the books, the focus shifts to Russell Wilson, whose 4 year $2.9M rookie contract with the Seahawks is set to expire after the 2015 season. We'll assess the value of the 26 year old, projecting the annual average and guaranteed money that could come with his next contract.
June 2, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith Cam Newton's extension all but done in Carolina, the focus will soon shift to Colts QB Andrew Luck, whose done nothing but carry Indy into 3 straight playoff appearances. We'll assess his current value, projecting the type of new money he might be looking at soon.
June 1, 2015 Michael GinnittiAs reports grow that the Panthers are nearing a deal to extend their franchise QB Cam Newton, we'll take a look at his current value, showing why this deal should eclipse the $100 million mark.
May 11, 2015 Michael GinnittiAs offseason rosters begin to take shape, we'll keep track of players who are rumored to be on the bubble over the next few months, making note of the financial implications to release, trade, or restructure them.
April 27, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith the 2015 NFL draft now less than a week away, we've taken a detailed look at the past decade of 1st round selections, walking down the financial paths of each player to formulate an analysis of how each position has faired.
April 23, 2015 Michael GinnittiWhile his destination for the future is unclear, Philip Rivers is entering the final year of his 6 year contract with the Chargers in 2015. We'll assess his current value, forecasting what his next deal might look like.
April 5, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith opening day upon us, we'll take a close look at the payrolls for each of the 30 MLB teams heading into the 2015 season, including positional breakdowns, top-paid players, and more.
March 31, 2015 Michael GinnittiAs the young, talented Seahawks continue to grow up, so must their paychecks. Next on their list appears to be ILB Bobby Wagner whose 4 year $4.3M rookie contract is set to expire after the upcoming season. We'll assess his current value, projecting what his extension should look like going forward.
March 15, 2015 Michael GinnittiWith 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...
March 7, 2015 Michael GinnittiJust days away from the official open of the 2015 NFL free agent season, we'll assess the current value of all notable players, projecting the contract they may sign in the coming days.
February 23, 2015 Michael GinnittiAn updated look at the projected cap space for each NFL team when incorporating official rollover/adjustments from 2014, estimated draft pools, and current 2015 rosters.
January 12, 2015 Michael GinnittiAs the offseason comes closer to focus, we've taken the measures to track down as many specific dates and figures pertaining to guaranteed salaries and bonuses that are soon to come to terms.
December 29, 2014 Michael GinnittiChiefs 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.
October 31, 2014 Michael GinnittiOn 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.
October 29, 2014 Michael GinnittiThe 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
October 23, 2014 Michael GinnittiWhile 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.
October 15, 2014 Michael GinnittiJaguars 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.
October 9, 2014 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
October 7, 2014 Michael GinnittiIn 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.
October 2, 2014 Michael GinnittiDeMarco 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.
October 1, 2014 Michael GinnittiNow 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.
September 8, 2014 Michael GinnittiAs 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.
August 22, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
August 18, 2014 Michael GinnittiAs 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.
August 11, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith 45 games remaining in the 2014 seasons we'll take a snapshot look at each of the active MLB starting rotations, bullpens, and closers, comparing their financial value to on-field production.
July 23, 2014 Michael GinnittiReportedly 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.
July 21, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith NFL training camps underway, we'll generate our annual list of reported Roster Bubble Players, showing the salary cap implications should they be released from their respective team.
July 15, 2014 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
July 8, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
June 24, 2014 Michael GinnittiAs the NBA Draft & Free Agent season approaches, we'll take a look at the practical and actual team salary cap breakdowns, including rookie pools, cap holds, and estimated space.
June 18, 2014 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
June 13, 2014 Michael GinnittiA look at a player from every NFL roster who may be considered on the roster bubble or a cap casualty over the next few months, and the team cap savings associated with the move.
June 4, 2014 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
June 3, 2014 Scott AllenWith 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...
May 29, 2014 Michael Ginnitti49ers 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.
May 26, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
May 23, 2014 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
May 23, 2014 Scott AllenPitchers 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.
May 21, 2014 Scott AllenWith 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.
May 13, 2014 Michael GinnittiCardinals 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.
May 8, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith the NFL Draft just days away we'll take a look at the projected contract breakdowns for each of the selections, and the estimated rookie cap allocations tied to each team.
May 7, 2014 Michael GinnittiIt'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.
April 7, 2014 Michael GinnittiWe'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:
April 1, 2014 Michael GinnittiRotations 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.
March 31, 2014 Michael GinnittiHis 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.
March 20, 2014 Michael GinnittiOne 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.
March 19, 2014 Michael GinnittiAn 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.
March 11, 2014 Michael GinnittiOur 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.
February 24, 2014 Michael GinnittiSpring 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.
February 24, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
February 18, 2014 Michael GinnittiSome 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.
February 17, 2014 Michael GinnittiAt 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.
February 13, 2014 Michael GinnittiA 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.
February 7, 2014 Scott AllenOur 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.
January 31, 2014 Scott AllenOur 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.
January 26, 2014 Scott AllenWith 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?
January 24, 2014 Scott AllenOur 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.
January 23, 2014 Michael GinnittiHe'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:
January 20, 2014 Michael GinnittiHe'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:
January 18, 2014 Scott AllenOur 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.
January 14, 2014 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
January 5, 2014 Michael GinnittiSan 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:
January 3, 2014 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
January 3, 2014 Scott AllenPhoenix 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.
December 30, 2013 Michael GinnittiOnce 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.
December 20, 2013 Scott AllenThe 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.
December 13, 2013 Scott AllenThe 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.
December 10, 2013 Michael GinnittiWhile 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
December 3, 2013 Michael GinnittiThanksgiving 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...
November 27, 2013 Scott AllenWith 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?
November 26, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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...
November 20, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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?
November 18, 2013 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
November 17, 2013 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
November 14, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
November 7, 2013 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
November 5, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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:
October 28, 2013 Michael GinnittiWhile 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.
October 24, 2013 Michael GinnittiBrian 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.
October 23, 2013 Michael GinnittiSpotrac 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.
October 19, 2013 Michael GinnittiAn 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.
October 17, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
October 10, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
October 8, 2013 Michael GinnittiWe 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.
October 1, 2013 Michael GinnittiThrough 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.
September 23, 2013 Michael GinnittiUPDATED: 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.
September 22, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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:
September 18, 2013 Michael GinnittiJosh 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:
September 15, 2013 Michael GinnittiIt'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.
September 3, 2013 Michael GinnittiA 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.
August 29, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
August 25, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
August 11, 2013 Michael GinnittiA 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?
August 5, 2013 Michael Ginnitti14 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.
July 31, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe "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.
July 22, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
July 11, 2013 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
July 3, 2013 Michael GinnittiRaul 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.
July 1, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
June 6, 2013 Michael GinnittiA 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.
June 3, 2013 Michael GinnittiMuch 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.
May 31, 2013 Michael GinnittiThey 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:
May 31, 2013 Michael GinnittiA 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:
May 30, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
May 24, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
May 23, 2013 Michael GinnittiOur 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.
May 23, 2013 Michael GinnittiHe 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.
May 23, 2013 Michael GinnittiFresh 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.
May 23, 2013 Michael GinnittiOne 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.
May 15, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
May 10, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
May 9, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
May 6, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
April 21, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
April 18, 2013 Michael GinnittiHe'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.
April 16, 2013 Michael GinnittiHis 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:
April 16, 2013 Michael GinnittiWhile 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.
April 11, 2013 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
April 10, 2013 Michael GinnittiOur 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.
April 8, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
March 11, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
February 13, 2013 Michael GinnittiRecent 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.
January 31, 2013 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
January 21, 2013 Michael GinnittiAs 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.
January 20, 2013 Michael GinnittiAs 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.
December 20, 2012 Michael GinnittiRumors are quickly spreading about quarterbacks that potentially have overstayed their welcome. Spotrac breaks down the current dead money value for these bubble players.
December 18, 2012 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
December 14, 2012 Michael GinnittiA 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.
October 25, 2012 Michael GinnittiAs 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.
July 28, 2012 Michael GinnittiTo 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.
July 27, 2012 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
July 19, 2012 Michael GinnittiWith 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.
July 13, 2012 Michael GinnittiRay 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.
June 14, 2012 Michael GinnittiThe 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.
June 2, 2012 Michael GinnittiSpotrac analyzes the career statistics, most current statistics, market values, and recent comparable contract signings to compile our prediction for Josh Hamilton's upcoming contract.