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Dead money

Falcons spending big on players who are gone

The Falcons were able to unload Matt Ryan, but they’re probably a couple years away from being competitive. They’ve got substantial cap issues they need to work through before they’ll be able to do much in free agency.

Ryan may be gone, but he’s still counting $40.5 million against their cap. And the Falcons still haven’t cleared Julio Jones off their books; he’s still counting for $15.5 million. There are only five players with dead cap figures over $15 million, and the Falcons are the only team with two of them.

Atlanta also has Dante Fowler, who’s longer with them, counting at $4.6 million. (All dead-cap figures come from OverTheCap.com).

DEAD CONTRACTS OF $6 MILLION-PLUS
PlayerCap charge
Matt Ryan, Atl.$40,525,000
Russell Wilson, Sea.$26,000,000
Khalil Mack, Chi.$24,000,000
Deshaun Watson, Hou.$16,200,000
Julio Jones, Atl.$15,500,000
Terron Armstead, N.O.$12,981,324
Zach Cunningham, Hou.$12,832,500
Trey Flowers, Det.$12,112,376
Robert Woods, LAR$11,900,000
Drew Brees, N.O.$11,500,000
ZaDarius Smith, G.B.$11,424,443
Anthony Barr, Min.$10,800,000
Ben Roethlisberger, Pitt.$10,340,000
Joe Schobert, Jac.$9,937,500
Malik Jackson, Phil.$9,033,000
Matt Paradis, Car.$8,293,334
Yannick Ngakoue, L.V.$8,000,000
Derek Barnett, Phil.$7,248,800
Ali Marpet, T.B.$7,150,000
Whitney Mercilus, Hou.$7,000,000
Ndamukong Suh, T.B.$6,800,000
Jaylon Smith, Dall.$6,800,000
Jamie Collins, Det.$6,333,334
C.J. Henderson, Jac.$6,240,432
Shelby Harris, Den.$6,000,000
JaWuan James, Den.$6,000,000
Amari Cooper, Dall.$6,000,000

If we total up all dead-cap charges for all teams, Atlanta comes in last, with $62 million going to players who aren’t even on the roster. Three are other teams are over $40 million, and they’ve all traded away big-time players in the last two weeks: Houston (Deshaun Watson), Chicago (Khalil Mack) and Seattle (Russell Wilson).

Three teams are under $3 million in dead-cap money, and they’re all modest teams that missed the playoffs last year: Jets, Dolphins, Commanders.

In the chart below, I notice that all eight teams in the NFC North and NFC South divisions are in the bottom 14. In both of those divisions, you’ve got one good team (Bucs, Packers) and three others that are trying to regroup.

DEAD CAP TOTALS
TeamDead money
NY Jets$1,551,125
Miami$1,660,066
Washington$2,452,996
LA Chargers$3,661,390
San Francisco$5,167,726
Arizona$5,899,577
Kansas City$6,532,236
Indianapolis$6,813,072
Baltimore$7,348,660
NY Giants$8,018,959
New England$8,963,990
Tennessee$8,968,902
Cincinnati$9,609,245
Cleveland$12,398,055
LA Rams$13,483,999
Denver$14,925,634
Buffalo$16,601,453
Dallas$17,724,104
Tampa Bay$19,433,241
Detroit$20,278,162
Carolina$22,088,951
Minnesota$22,999,562
Jacksonville$23,059,664
Las Vegas$23,317,447
Green Bay$24,624,944
Pittsburgh$25,927,424
New Orleans$29,384,318
Philadelphia$36,454,161
Seattle$44,584,057
Chicago$45,182,095
Houston$51,776,596
Atlanta$62,097,438

—Ian Allan

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