Since the only college game is Army vs Navy this week, I am just going to do a quick and dirty off season plan and a mock.
overthecap has this cap space for 2020 ... Cap Space: -$3,362,990
fanspeak shows this for 2020 in their Ultimate GM simulator ... Cap Space: -4,216,862
... not sure what is the difference and since fanspeak does not allow extensions (without cutting the player first and incurring the dead money), I am going to use overthecap and it’s calculator.
Since Griffen’s deal is going to void because he has reached the statistical goals, we can remove his contract (and maybe sign him back) freeing 13.1 mil.
This takes the cap space to $9,737,010
Also, with Waynes and Alexander free agents and Rhodes not really playing up to the level of his deal, we can remove his contract (hopefully they can get a 5th which I will bake into this silly plan) freeing 8.8 mil.
This takes the cap space to $17,837,010.
I think it is almost a foregone conclusion that extending Cousins would be prudent after this season. He may not be Joe Montana but he is proving to be not too shabby. He needs to get some big wins against really good teams or at least do all that he can to remove the “stigma”.
Cousins gets a 4 year 134 mil extension covering 2021 - 2024. It includes a 36 mil signing bonus, a conversion of 25 mil of his 2020 salary to a signing bonus (for a 61 mil signing bonus in total), 105 mil guaranteed (not counting the 2020 salary which is already guaranteed), and salaries of 4.5, 12.5, 26.5, 28.5, & 28.5 mil. His cap hits would be 18.2, 25.2, 39.2, 41.2, & 41.2 mil.
If he is cut or traded after 2022 the cap savings is 16.8 mil.
If he is cut or traded after 2023 the cap savings is 29.0 mil.
This takes the cap space to $30,637,010
I think it would be prudent to give Hunter a bump up in pay while adding a couple of more years. He is currently signed thru 2023 when he will be 28.
Hunter gets a 2 year extension that includes a 25 mil signing bonus with 45 mil guaranteed. His salaries from 2020 thru 2025 would be 10.4, 11.4, 11.4, 20.4, 20.4, & 20.4 mil. The first 3 years are the same as he has now while 2023 is increased by 9 mil. His cap hits would be 19, 20, 20, 26, 26, & 21 mil.
If he is cut or traded after 2022 the cap savings is 16.0 mil.
If he is cut or traded after 2023 or 2024 the cap savings is 21.0 mil.
This takes the cap space to $25,637,010
Now the question is what to do with Reiff and Joseph. Both are 31 years old and may have only a few years left.
If Reiff is cut then there is a fairly large hole to fill at left tackle. They could try to move O’Neill over but then they need a right tackle and Udoh may not be ready. Only way I see them moving on from Reiff is if they plan on taking a left tackle in the first round or a right tackle by the end of the 2nd round. In this scenario this is what we will do. He gets traded for another 5th round pick.
This takes the cap space to $34,437,010.
If you cut Joseph then you move DT up the draft needs list too. They could try to add a year to his deal but leaving it as is for now seems the best thing to do. In 2021, if he is cut or traded they save 11.25 mil.
Note: Cutting or trading Joseph and adding Danny Shelton who is 25 years old is a serious consideration in this fantasy but I will save it for later.
Now we need to sign some of the in house free agents. They are Trae Waynes, Anthony Harris, Mackensie Alexander, Andrew Sendejo, Jayron Kearse, Stephen Weatherly, Eric Wilson, Kentrell Brothers, Cameron Smith, Sean Mannion, Laquon Treadwell, Alexander Hollins, Ameer Abudllah, CJ Ham, David Morgan, Aviante Collins, Rashod Hill, Dakota Dozier, Brett Jones, Dan Bailey, and Dustin Colquitt.
I cannot see getting rid of Rhodes and then not keeping Waynes and/or Alexander. There is too much invested thus far IMO. But it also will cost a pretty penny. Can Hughes and Hill be counted upon to be starters next year? If your corners leave then you will move CB way up the draft list and will have to hope the rookie CB is decent or better.
Since slot corners make significantly less and Waynes is likely to get 12 mil or more from another team, I think keeping Alexander makes more sense financially.
Alexander gets a 4 year 24 mil deal with a 4 mil signing bonus with 12 mil guaranteed. His salaries would be 2.9, 4.9, 4.9, & 4.9 mil His cap hits would be 4, 6, 6, & 6 mil.
This takes the cap space to $30,437,010.
At safety, Harris is playing really well and thus, could command a hefty contract. I could see him getting anywhere from 5 mil all they way to 9 mil per year. Would it be better to give Kearse the chance to finally start? If they bring back Harris then Kearse is likely testing the market.
Harris gets a 3 year 18 mil deal with a 6 mil signing bonus with 9 mil guaranteed. His salaries would be 2.9, 3.9, & 4.9 mil. His cap hits would be 5, 6, & 7 mil.
This takes the cap space to $25,437,010.
Dan Bailey gets a 2 year 4 mil deal with a 1 mil signing bonus and 1 mil guaranteed. His salaries would be 1.4 mil each year. His cap hits would be 2 mil each year.
This takes the cap space to $23,437,010.
Dan Colquitt gets a 2 year 4 mil deal with a 1 mil signing bonus and 1 mil guaranteed. His salaries would be 1.4 mil each year. His cap hits would be 2 mil each year.
This takes the cap space to $21,437,010.
CJ Ham gets a 2 year 4 mil deal with a 1 mil signing bonus and 1 mil guaranteed. His salaries would be 1.4 mil each year. His cap hits would be 2 mil each year.
This takes the cap space to $19,437,010.
Eric Wilson gets a 1 year 820K deal.
This takes the cap space to $18,617,010
Aviante Collins is under contract in 2020 according to overthecap but if not he would get the same deal as Wilson.
I would let the rest test the market and would be open to re-signing Griffen depending on the price.
A few mil has to go for draft picks.
So who could they sign in free agency with 15 mil available? I would love to get Brandon Scherff but Washington would be crazy to let him leave with nothing in return. Joe Thuney could be a possibility if the Patriots do not keep him. I just do not see a guard in free agency besides players like Dozier and Jones.
I would love to sign Arik Armstead in free agency but he could be too pricey and may not fit what Zimmer wants. I do not see any top corner that is going to come cheap.
I am not signing any free agents in this plan and would consider some later on in free agency for cheap.
Heading to the mock the main need would be OT, followed by DE, CB, and OG of course.
SENT: RILEY REIFF & ROUND: 7 PICK: 41
RECEIVED: ROUND: 5 PICK: 9
SENT: XAVIER RHODES
RECEIVED: ROUND: 5 PICK: 16
SENT: ROUND: 2 PICK: 24
RECEIVED: ROUND: 2 PICK: 30 & ROUND: 4 PICK: 35
SENT: ROUND: 3 PICK: 24 & ROUND: 6 PICK: 24
RECEIVED: ROUND: 3 PICK: 18
SENT: ROUND: 4 PICK: 24 & ROUND: 7 PICK: 4
RECEIVED: ROUND: 4 PICK: 15
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
SENT: FUTURE ROUND 5 PICK
RECEIVED: ROUND: 6 PICK: 12
24: R1P24 OT AUSTIN JACKSON USC
62: R2P30 WR JALEN REAGOR TCU
82: R3P18 EDGE CARLOS BASHAM WAKE FOREST
106: R3P42 CB JAYLON JOHNSON UTAH
121: R4P15 G SHANE LEMIEUX OREGON
141: R4P35 LB TROY DYE OREGON
153: R5P9 DL NEVILLE GALLIMORE OKLAHOMA
160: R5P16 CB JEFF GLADNEY TCU
190: R6P12 WR BRANDON AIYUK ARIZONA STATE
237: R7P24 S ASHTYN DAVIS CALIFORNIA
248: R7P35 S JORDAN FULLER OHIO STATE
252: R7P39 QB STEVEN MONTEZ COLORADO
Well, there you have it.