According to USA Today the 2014 Salary Cap will be around 130 million per team. This is an increase of about 7 million per team from 2013 when the cap was 123 million. How does the cap impact the Broncos? According to the Bleacher Report the Broncos were under the 2013 cap by $6,603,990.00. This was the 11th most cap space in the NFL. They report that Tom Pleissero of USA Today Sports saying the NFL Cap will be only $126.300,000.00. That was back in December 2013. Don't pay attention to it.
How much Dead Money do the Broncos owe to former players? Dead Money is the salary cap space the Broncos must allocate in their 2014 budget for players with guaranteed contracts minus the amount already paid. Over the Cap shows the Dead Money the Broncos owe and must be accounted for. The Broncos removed former General Manager Brian Xanders and former Cap Manager Mike Bluem in part because of 'Dead Money'. Dead Money becomes an issue if the Broncos release a player or want to trade a player. Mike Klis wrote about the Broncos dead money back in 2009. He provided a really great example. 'Not even federal prison... can shackle Travis Henry... [because even though] Henry has long been removed from the Broncos roster [he still counts] $3.6 million against the teams [salary cap]. It is difficult to get a handle on all the dead money the Broncos owe former players. Over the Cap provides a list. They claim the Broncos owe almost 4 million in Dead Money. I can't remember who many of the Dead Money players were...
Then there is 'Roll Over Money. The $6,603,990.00 the Broncos did not spend in 2013 can be spent in 2014. So if the NFL Cap is 130 Million the cap for the Broncos would be 136,603,990.00 less the 'Dead Money'. This is one reason Champ is gone. If the Broncos had kept him without negotiating a new contract this would have cost them 10 million.
Until Jack Del Rio became the Defensive Coordinator the Broncos were changing coordinators every year. Why? The money allocated to the Offense was more than twice as much for the defense. Sport Trac reports that the Broncos spent 71 million on offense and just 32 million on defense in 2013. This will change. This is one of the reasons we have so many issues with our defense.
So in the real Broncos world there are players they may really want to keep but may not be able to because of Dead Money and present / future cap issues. Who can the Broncos give up on Offensive to resign Eric Decker? Perhaps no one... Where do NFL fans place Eric Decker among the best NFL Receivers? The top 20 receivers in the NFL earn al most 8 million a year. Decker wants 10 million. So how do the Broncos lower the pay scale on the Offense if they keep Decker? Does Zane Beadles desirve a raise? Yes! How will we keep Beadles? What about Moreno? He had his best year... I expect us to resign Andre Caldwell and loose Decker and Mareno. Most Super Bowl teams loose 7 or 8 players in the next years free agency...I would not be surprised to see the Broncos move Clady in a trade. Why? To go to the Super Bowl and win we need three more impact players on defense. The present offense would be fine without Clady, Mareno, Dressen and Tammei.