1) Andre really bent us over a barrel with that last contract. The final two years of his contract are going to cost us over $13 million in cap room each. Hopefully we're not talking about Andre's hamstrings in 2015 like we talked about Bagwell's shoulder in 2005.
I've never been able to find solid info on cap numbers, but I just stumbled upon Spotrac and snooped around for a few minutes. I'd recommend it to anybody who is curious about our cap situation. I'm not sure how accurate they are, but they certainly have more detailed information than Rotoworld. Looking at individual salaries though, I've gleaned a few things:
2) Jacoby might have a bad agent. He got just over $3 million guaranteed, but his base salary in 2011 was under half a million. His base salary in 2012 and 2013 is near $5 million each year. My guess is that he won't ever see that money. We basically got a free year out of him in 2011 (though I suppose you could say he took revenge upon us).
3) Walter probably isn't getting cut. His cap hit is a manageable $3.5 million each of the next three years. This was a well-structured contract.
4) Cushing's rookie deal is backloaded (nearly a $6 million hit in 2013). He was a mid-round pick so it's not astronomical, but between good will and saving money in the long term, he very well might get an early extension. I certainly hope so, at least. Based on the look on his face when he was drafted initially, I fear that Houston might not be his first choice if he hits the open market.
5) OD was probably overpaid initially, but his 2013 and 2014 numbers are quite fair. If we can get through this season, he doesn't ever need to be a cap casualty.
6) I had hoped for an early Duane Brown extension, but his 2012 salary is just $1.3 million. I'm not sure a potential long-term discount is worth the difference of a 2012 raise.
I'm not sure if they're up-to-date on restructured contracts, and they're missing detailed info on our 2011 off-season acquisitions, but we seem to be in pretty good shape overall. There's really only one horrible contract (DeMeco) and one pretty bad one (Antonio Smith, despite solid production).