So I went and mashed some numbers last night, thanks in large part to Rodney Adams and a bunch of others. I figured I'd clean up all my comments so people can have a look.
Rodney’s listing 41.5* as a ballpark for all our FA’s. That's 3.5 short. Here's a list of some guys who'd bring cap value:
(* Rodney actually lists 46.5, but DRC is already counted and has a contract, so I knock that off)
(Name/current $/Cap hit 2013 / 2014 / total saved, both years)
Joe Mays $4,000,000 $3,333,332 $4,000,000 = 7.3 million saved
Mike Adams $1,750,000 $2,000,000 = 2 mil saved
Jacob Tamme $2,625,000 $1,791,666 3 mil = 4.8 saved
Joel Dreessen $2,500,000 $1,666,666 2.5 mil = 4.17 saved
Quentin Jammer $1,000,000 $1,500,000 = 1.5 saved
Lance Ball $1,323,000 $1,323,000 = 1.3 saved
Chris Kuper $4,500,000 $2,669,664 $4 mil = 7 mil saved
Vickerson 500k $3 mil = really 3 mil for next year
Note: We require wiggle room to sign players if someone gets injured. So rather than 3.5, I'd prefer getting to 8-10. That would leave us good room this year and next for injury buffers. Also, saving anything is good, as we can roll over, seemingly indefinitely. So it's always about nickle and diming our players (to a point), even if we're not in cap hell.
To see for yourself.
Gelder's Conclusion Cut:
Given this list, Mays is gone (7.3), I’d hope to cut Adams (2), next year probably cut one of the two TE’s, (2.5) Ball hopefully goes (1.3), and Kuper restructures (save say 2, if not more), giving about 15 available with 9 required for good space. If all goes according to plan, we roll over another 6-10 million after back to back SB wins, and this is with pretty generous FA signings and no Champ restructure. You also have the option of Knighton and Prater if you like as cuts or restructures.