Friday, January 27, 2012

Tennessee Titans Estimated 2012 Salary Cap-MOVED


For the past several years, I've attempted to keep track of the Tennessee Titans salary cap situation. As with the All-22 footage, the NFL doesn't necessarily want you to have this information, so getting accurate numbers is a non-trivial task. The following numbers should be considered estimates only and should be relied on at your own risk. Numbers in italics in particular should be regarded as educated guesses. Use of 1 represents an unknown non-zero quantity.

Afalava, AlFutures
Aguilar, DevinUDFA
Amano, EugeneSalary$3,182,500
Signing Bonus1,450,000
Roster Bonus?500,000Guess based on reported 2012 cap amount
Ayers, AkeemSalary598,932
Signing Bonus520,728
Babineaux, JordanSalary1,200,000
Signing Bonus200,000
Bailey, PatrickSalary830,000
Signing Bonus100,000
Ball, DaveSalary825,000$100,000 guaranteed
Signing Bonus200,000
Roster Bonus247,000
Bardon, BrandenUDFA
Batson, WillUDFA
Bias, GeorgeUDFA
Bironas, RobSalary2,850,000
Signing Bonus825,000
Britt, KennySalary755,000
Option Bonus733,750
Signing Bonus250,000
Brinkley, BeauUDFA
Brown, TonySigning Bonus1Dead Money
Brown, ZachSalary390,000
Signing Bonus311,509
Campbell, TommieSalary465,000
Signing Bonus11,500
Casey, JurrellSalary490,000
Signing Bonus153,750
Clayton, ZachSalary465,000
Signing Bonus27,500
Cook, JaredSalary615,000
Signing Bonus175,000
Curran, RennieSigning Bonus322,200Dead Money
Davis, HallSigning Bonus1Dead Money
Dawson, KeyuntaFutures
Deadder, ChaseUDFA
Diles, ZacSalary700,000Cap charge of salary likely $540,000
Divens, LamarSalary540,000
Donaldson, HerbFutures
Douzable, LegerSalary700,000Cap charge of salary $540,000
Durand, RyanFutures
Egboh, PannelFutures
Evans, LaQuintonUDFA
Graham, CameronFutures
Graham, DanielSalary2,000,000
Signing Bonus666,667
Griffin, MichaelSalary6,212,000Franchise Tag (not signed)
Harper, JamieSalary465,000
Signing Bonus95,750
Harris, DaJohnUDFA
Harris, LeroySalary2,700,000
Signing Bonus1
Hasselbeck, MattSalary5,500,000
Signing Bonus2,000,000
Hawkins, ChrisSalary465,000
Hawkins, LavelleSalary800,000
Signing Bonus666,667
Haye, JovanSigning Bonus1,000,000Dead Money
Hutchinson, SteveSalary2,000,000
Signing Bonus1,500,000
Ingram, JakeFutures
Johnson, ChrisSalary8,000,000Subject to $250,000 workout reduction
Signing Bonus 150,0002008 contract
Option Bonus966,0002008 contract
Signing Bonus 22,000,0002011 extension
Johnson, QuinnSalary615,000
Johnson, RobertSalary540,000
Signing Bonus95,000Dead Money
Kern, BrettSalary706,000
Kirkendoll, JamesFutures
Klug, KarlSalary465,000
Signing Bonus49,250
Kropog, TroyFutures
Signing Bonus101,125Dead Money
Locker, JakeSalary947,091
Signing Bonus1,912,500
Malast, KevinSalary465,000
Mariani, MarcSalary540,000
Signing Bonus14,850
Marks, Sen'DerrickSalary615,000
Signing Bonus235,000
Martin, MarkelleSalary390,000
Signing Bonus24,724
Martin, MikeSalary390,000
Signing Bonus141,890
Matthews, KevinSalary540,000
McCarthy, ColinSalary465,000
Signing Bonus113,850
McCourty, JasonSalary1,260,000
Signing Bonus22,455
McRath, GeraldSalary645,000
Signing Bonus106,531
Mooney, CollinUDFA
Morgan, DerrickSalary725,000
Signing Bonus200,000
Option Bonus1,195,000
Roster Bonus115,000Possibly workout-related
Mouton, RyanSalary615,000
Signing Bonus165,938
Murdock, O.J.UDFA
Otto, MichaelSalary750,000
Signing Bonus375,000
Preston, MichaelFutures
Reynaud, DariusFutures
Ringer, JavonSalary615,000
Signing Bonus36,635
Roos, MichaelSalary5,500,000
Signing Bonus1,500,000
Scott, ChristianUDFA
Sensabaugh, Coty390,000
Signing Bonus108,000
Shaw, TimSalary830,000
Signing Bonus100,000
Sheppard, MalcolmSalary540,000
Solomon, ScottDraft Pick
Smith, RustySalary540,000
Signing Bonus28,500
Smith, ShaunSalary1
Stephens, NickUDFA
Stevens, CraigSalary1,000,000
Signing Bonus1,125,000
Stewart, DaveSalary5,000,000
Signing Bonus1,000,000
Stingily, ByronSalary465,000
Signing Bonus27,625
Thompson, TaylorDraft Pick
Velasco, FernandoSalary615,000
Verner, AlterraunSalary540,000
Signing Bonus132,000
Vlachos, WilliamUDFA
Washington, NateSalary3,400,000
Signing Bonus900,000
Wheatley, TerrenceFutures
Whiting, DarrylUDFA
Wilburn, GaryUDFA
Williams, DamianSalary540,000
Signing Bonus205,500
Wimbley, KamerionSalary2,500,000
Signing Bonus1,800,000
Witherspoon, WillSalary3,500,000
Signing Bonus1,000,000
Woods, D.J.UDFA
Wright, KendallDraft Pick
UDFA Bonus Amount75,528Estimate

Guide to Notes
  • Dead Money: If a player is cut by an NFL team before the termination of his existing contract, any guaranteed money, particularly signing bonus, remains on the books and counts against the salary cap.
  • Draft Pick: Player was selected by the Titans in the 2012 NFL draft, but has not yet signed a rookie contract. I will add drafted players once they sign contracts. Aaron Wilson indicates the Titans have been allocated $4.48 million to sign their drafted players.
  • Estimate: The amount is estimated. For the UDFA Bonus Amount row, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement imposed a maximum aggregate bonus amount to rookie undrafted free agents of $75,000. For 2012, that amount was raised to $76,585. The current figure is based on first-year proration for 2012 and dead money from the Titans cutting all their UDFAs in 2011, in both cases assuming the Titans spent up to the maximum. For the Missing row, that amount is calculated based on the difference between my totals for individual contracts and the reported aggregate salary cap amount.
  • Futures: Player has signed a futures contract. Players who sign a futures contract are, generally speaking, not likely to make a 53-man NFL roster, and if they do likely will be making at or close to the league minimum.
  • Total: Estimate for all players under contract. Note that this excludes futures contracts, and is not the same as the current Titans salary cap figure for NFL purposes. My best estimate is the Titans currently have about $16.7 million in salary cap room.
  • UDFA: Player signed a contract with the Titans after not being selected in the 2012 draft (plus Will Batson and Collin Mooney, who were technically eligible for prior drafts but were not selected and have no regular season NFL experience, and O.J. Murdock, a 2011 UDFA who spent all of 2011 on injured reserve). The Titans have not kept a rookie undrafted free agent on the active roster in several seasons, so, like Futures players, I have not added salary information. UDFAs customarily sign three-year contracts during which they are paid the minimum salary each season (for 2012 first-year players, said minimum salary is $390,000).

Known Unknowns:
To make these tables more complete, these are the amounts I know are not right or do not know are right: Eugene Amano-explanation for difference between known numbers and reported 2012 cap value (confirmation of bonus); Patrick Bailey-salary (estimated to be exact same as similar deal signed by Tim Shaw); Tony Brown-dead money related to signing bonus from 2010 contract extension; Lamar Divens-signing bonus, if any, from Feb. 2012 one-year deal; Hall Davis-signing bonus confirmation and amount;  Zac Diles-signing bonus, if any, from May 2012 contract; Leger Douzable-signing bonus, if any, from April 2012 one-year deal; Leroy Harris-signing bonus, if any, from 2011 contract extension (reported APY of two-year deal $3.15 million); Chris Johnson-confirmation signing bonus 1 and option bonus amount from original 2008 contract apply and explanation of approximately $400,000 difference between numbers shown and reported 2012 cap value; Brett Kern-signing and other bonus from 2011 contract extension, if any; Markelle Martin-signing bonus from May 2012 rookie deal; and Shaun Smith-salary and signing bonus, if any, from 2011 three-year deal.

2012-05-22: Whoops, I forgot O.J. Murdock.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Review: Three and Out

Two books about football in one month! I must be ill or something (where "or something" is defined as "insomnia").

All-access books have a relatively long and generally, though not entirely positive reputation. They generally cover only one season. At their best, they're able to provide deep insight into the day-to-day operations of something almost none of the readers will ever experience. Not at their best, they're a good way for an author to write nice things about their sources and what they already believed.

John U. Bacon's Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football actually results from Bacon's three years of access to Rodriguez, what proved to be the entirety of his tenure as Michigan's head football coach. To Bacon's good fortune, those turned out to be three very interesting and tumultuous years, and to our good fortune, Three and Out actually tries to chronicle all of the tumult and drama, both behind the scenes and otherwise. When most of the purported adults involved hate the book and probably its author yet aren't bothering to actually make specific criticisms about its contents, that's a good sign.

Beyond being a fascinating and eminently readable book about life inside a major college football program, Three and Out also is a story about a classic case of bringing an outsider into an existing culture, strong elements of which end up seeing the outsider as an invasive species that must be destroyed. Rodriguez the outsider ends up making a number of missteps that didn't endear him to the existing power institutions at Michigan, even those that, unlike Lloyd Carr, weren't hostile to him in the first place. Carr refused to talk to Bacon for Three and Out, perhaps because Bacon had nothing to offer him, and perhaps because Carr saw how easy it would be for somebody else to read the book and think deeply unkind things about Carr; specifically, that Lloyd Carr comes across as being interested in a successful Michigan program only if it features what Lloyd Carr thinks is important.

In some ways, that's one of the deep ironies in Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez was a West Virginia native who walked on to the football team in Morgantown as a student and eventually became head coach at the school. He won there, almost playing for a national title in 2007 right before being hired to coach Michigan, and could have been there until he retired, like Don Nehlen. In perhaps the most interesting part of Three and Out, though, Bacon writes about how Rodriguez fell afoul of the existing power structure in West Virginia, including Governor Joe Manchin. This sort of upper-level political involvement is the kind of thing that you know happens in university athletics, but it's rare to get a good portrait of it. One of the reasons Rodriguez was willing to listen to Michigan in the first place is there was pushback by Manchin, WVU's President Mike Garrison, and A.D. Eddie Pastilong against Rodriguez for what they viewed as the personal brand he was developing with his success. Rodriguez ended up not winning the political struggles with his nominal superiors, and saw that even when he raised the money for things for his football program he wasn't necessarily going to get them. That kind of thwarting of aspirations is precisely what Rodriguez left Morgantown to avoid in the first place, yet it's what he encountered in Ann Arbor essentially from the day he got there.

The other deep irony I found in Three and Out is the one of the most successful things Lloyd Carr did to put Rich Rodriguez beyond the eight ball actually happened long before the thought of Rodriguez coaching Michigan occurred to anybody, and that's the extraordinarily bare defensive personnel cupboard he left. Carr (in)famously volunteered to sign everybody's transfer paperwork after initially recommending RichRod, which led to a spate of offensive transfers. With RichRod being a spread guru, though, a high degree of offensive changeover was inevitable, especially with the most prominent offensive skill position players, Mike Hart and Chad Henne, exhausting their eligibility. Rodriguez had gone through, and expected, a certain level of ineptitude that first year on offense. What he didn't expect coming to Michigan, and what he failed to adapt to, were personnel deficiencies and coaching struggles on defense. As Bacon's initial plan was apparently to write about RichRod bringing his offense to the B10, the story of the defense ends up under-covered in Three and Out. One of the great "what-ifs" implicitly raised by Bacon's book is what would have happened if Carr hadn't retired at the end of 2007. A great deal of offensive turnover was inevitable, and defensive decline was the order of the day. How much better would a Carr Michigan team have done in 2008 than RichRod's 3-8, and would Carr (or his designated successor) have been able to turn around the Wolverines' defense any faster? Carr's retirement meant never having to publicly face the music for this, and, if he so desired, room for plenty of private backbiting about the new coach's inability to meet the challenges bequeathed to him.

I should make it clear that while Carr comes off quite poorly in the book, it's far from a whitewash of Rodriguez. While he showed some improvement in his handling of various issues, his occasional missteps and clashing with the extant Michigan culture (one which Bacon was a part of and seems to value highly) started with his introductory press conference and continued essentially until almost the end of his tenure at Michigan. In addition to those flaws, he also has a lot more of what I think of as "normal coach" flaws, including profane and angry reactions after losses (in private) and at times letting his personal struggles influence his team unity-building. It's also not quite clear that Bacon sees the deep ironies I found in Three and Out; it's more a work of narrative journalism than a psychological study of RichRod.

For somebody with no Michigan connection who's spent more time singing "We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan than "The Victors" the past decade, I obviously found Three and Out a deeply interesting and enjoyable read. For more on Three and Out, see MGoBlog's tag, which includes a couple extensive Q&As with Bacon.

UPDATE (1/29/12, 2217 CT): Made a couple stylistic and typo edits.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Book Review: A Team for America

Well, I'm finally back in the saddle. Sort of, at least.

College football during the Second World War was kind of an unusual enterprise, what with that whole military draft thing resulting in males of collegiate age being called up for service. If you look at, say, the final AP Poll for 1944, you notice a bunch of "schools" like #3 Randolph Field, #5 Bainbridge Naval, #6 Iowa Pre-Flight, and more of the same ilk mixed in with more familiar names like Ohio State and Notre Dame. Then again, even a school like Notre Dame was not the typical undergraduate institution it had been in, say, 1941, but was instead largely devoted to Navy and Marine training.

That was true of essentially all of the top twenty teams in the country. Many schools dropped football, simply because they didn't have enough healthy men of the proper age. Those that didn't were the beneficiaries of an influx of those military trainees, who were then also subject to the whims of military training. For instance, 1943 Heisman Trophy winner Angelo Bertelli played in only six of Notre Dame's ten games before being activated for military service. Eligibility rules, which were previously fairly strict, were modified, permitting freshmen eligibility and letting transfers play without the need to sit out a year.

For purposes of Randy Roberts' A Team for America, it's worth a reminder that those were predominantly Navy and Marine training bases, and pretty much the only defender of The Long Gray Line was, well, The Long Gray Line itself, the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The problem had been the Army gridiron team had recently not been a great defender of the Gray against the Blue. Army hadn't beaten Navy since 1938, and the Cadets had bottomed out in 1940 with a 1-7-1 record. It's really there that Roberts' book begins, as he tells the story of the growth and development of the Army gridiron squad beginning with the hire of USMA grad Earl "Red" Blaik.

The Blaik hire was the beginning of a process where Army did essentially what many other formerly-quite respectable institutions have done. Lou Holtz reportedly recruiting Tony Rice and his poor SAT score to Notre Dame as a Prop 48 player who didn't come close to meeting even Notre Dame's relaxed admissions standards is an old story. The first challenge was simply hiring Blaik in the first place; Army had a policy of requiring football coaches to be serving officers, and while Blaik was an alumnus, he'd been out of the Army since the 1920's.

That surmounted, Army then had the problem of acquiring more talented players, one subject to two additional challenges: first, that entering cadets had to meet certain height and weight limitations that made it difficult to recruit players of the size even then normally found on the offensive and defensive lines, and second, ensuring that players had the academic wherewithal to survive and stay eligible at West Point, a school with a demanding enough daily schedule, mathematically and scientifically rigorous classes, and constant examinations that could make a player's eligibility a question from week to week.

Well, we know how the story ended. Army recruited and managed to keep enough great players like Mr. Outside Glenn Davis and Mr. Inside Doc Blanchard, and beat Navy en route to an undefeated season in 1944, where A Team for America ends.

Roberts, a professor of history at Purdue who's written books on other sports topics from the first half of the twentieth century, tells the story well enough. The book is well-researched, including interviews with the surviving members of the Army teams of the early 1940's, and, as you'd expect from a professor, includes footnotes and an index. From the subtitle, I expected more on Navy and the game itself, but this is really a book about Army's rise from 1940 to 1944 and Navy is present primarily as a foil. That's not a criticism of Roberts or the book, mind you, just a note that you should be aware of what you're getting.

Recommended for what it is, even though it doesn't escape the the problems of most football books.