Originally Posted by jjchieffan
Unbelievable that Dungver and Philly have that much room. Philly has been spending big in free agency the last couple of years yet had $20 mil in cap space. Dungver gives Manning what? $25mil a year? And still has $12 mil left? Seems unlikely to me. But maybe I just don't get the cap
Numbers are mostly garbage in-garbage out. Manning's deal was really a one-year $18 million deal with the Broncos having the right to pick up additional years based on a physical after this season (that then makes the next two years guaranteed at $20 million per) and then additional $19 million seasons if he's still around and on the roster when season four and then season five of his deal roll around. Right now, these numbers don't count at all towards his deal as they weren't paid in the form of a bonus (which allows a team to "spread out" a big lump sum payment over the life of a deal - part of the reason you get 6 year deals with huge payments on the back-end). The $20 mil for next season isn't deducted from Denver until the contingencies on Manning's deal is triggered (which it will be).