Bring out your dead


In light of the news that the Saints have cut CJ Spiller, here’s a graph of NFL teams’ dead space as a percent of total cap, 2011–2016. Data from spotrac.

The other outliers in terms of dead space (Oakland & Jacksonville in 2013, Indianapolis in 2012) were part of salary cap purges and were sharp peaks before big dropoffs. The Saints should have a significant drop-off in dead space next year, though 2018 might be bad if Brees leaves.

This is how things get ugly.