By D. Orlando Ledbetter
SALARY CAP ANALYSIS
FLOWERY BRANCH -- Based on the contracts signed by the players selected in the same slots in 2012, the Falcons do not have enough money under the salary cap to sign all of their recent eight draft picks.
They are $2.18 million under the salary cap, according to NFLPA documents.
The players selected in the same draft slots in 2012 had cap numbers that add up to $3.5 million. Ironically, that’s the amount of relief that the team will receive after June 1 from their release of Tyson Clabo.
Clabo, who was waived on April 4, was set to make a base salary of $4.5 million. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Miami. He received a $1 million signing bonus and had $500,000 of his $2.5 million base salary guaranteed.
The Falcons can get additional relief – and maybe pursue another defender like defensive lineman Richard Seymour – when they reach a contract extension with quarterback Matt Ryan. Presently, Ryan’s salary cap number is at $12 million. A new deal could lower his cap number into the $6 million-to-$7 million range.
Seymour, 33, the former University of Georgia standout, is represented by Eugene Parker, who also represents new Falcons running back Steven Jackson.
The Falcons selected cornerback Desmond Trufant in the first round (22 overall). Cleveland selected quarterback Brandon Weeden is that spot in the 2012 draft. Weeden received a four-year contract, worth $8.083 million, which included a $4.318 million signing bonus. His cap number for 2012 was $1.419 million.
Below is a chart with the 2012 players selected in the slots the Falcons drafted this season: Cornerback Robert Alford (2-60), defensive end Malliciah Goodman (4-127), tight end Levine Toilolo (4-133), defensive end Stansly Maponga (5-153), free safety Kemal Ishmael (7-243), strong safety Zeke Motta (7-244) and quarterback Sean Renfree (7-249).
Rd No. Name -- Pos -- T eam -- Years -- total -- sign bonus -- cap number
1 (22) Brandon Weeden, QB, Cle -- 4 years -- $8.083 million -- $4.318 million -- $1.469 million
2 (60) Kelechi Osemele, OL, Bal – 4 years -- $3.34 million -- $873,360 -- $608,340.00
4 (127) Adrien Robinson, TE, NYG -- 4 years -- $ 2.48 million -- $385, 652 -- $486,413
4 (133) Jerron McMillian, SS, GB – 4 years -- $2.40 million -- $300, 584 -- $465,146
5 (153) Dennis Kelly, OL, Phil – 4 years -- $2.28 million -- $188,800 -- $437,2200
7 (243) B.J. Coleman, QB, GB – 4 years -- $2.145 million -- $45, 869 – $11,474
7 (244) Jordan White, WR, NYJ – 4 years -- $2.145 million-- $45,869 – $11,474
7 (249) Travian Robertson, DT, Atl – 4 years -- $2.145 million -- $45,869 – $11,474
Here’s our Falcons free agent tracker:
WILLIAM MOORE, SS: Moore received a five-year contract worth $29.512 with escalators that could take it up to $32 million. Moore received a signing bonus of $8.25 million and his cap number for 2012 is $3.9 million. He is set to receive base salaries of $2.25 million (2013), $3.5 million (2014), $3.5 million (2015), $4.5 million (2016) and $6.25 million (2017).
ANTONE SMITH, RB: He signed a two-year, $1.425 million deal.
GARRETT REYNOLDS, OG: Reynolds two-year deal was worth $2.58 million. He received a $500,000 signing bonus, with $700,000 of the deal guaranteed. His cap number for 2013 is $1 million. He set to receive base salaries of $715,000 (2013) and $1.285 million (2014).
SAM BAKER, OT: He signed a six-year, $41.1 million deal with $18.25 million guaranteed. Baker also received a $10 million signing bonus. Baker’s base salaries are $1 million (2013), $3.25 million (2014), $4.5 million (2015), $5.25 million (2016), $6.5 million (2017) and $6.6 million (2018). Baker’s cap number is $3 million for 2013.
TONY GONZALEZ, TE: He signed a two-year, $14 million contract and will count for $5.25 million on the 2013 salary cap. He’s set to receive a base salary of $3.5 million and he has a bonus of $3.5 million. In 2014, his base salary is $4.0 million with a roster bonus of $3 million if he plans to continue playing. A two-year deal was done in order to spread his bonus money out over two years.
FREE AGENT PICKUPS
STEVEN JACKSON, RB: He signed a three-year, $12 million deal. Jackson’s deal, of which $4 million was guaranteed, has a cap number of $2.916 for 2013. He received a $3.5 million signing bonus and has base salaries are $1.75 million ($500,000 guaranteed in 2013), $3 million (2014) and $3.75 million (2015).
OSI UMENYIORA, DE: He signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal with an escalator clause that could take the deal up to $12 million. He has a cap number of $3.75 million. He received a $2.5 million signing bonus.
LUKE McCOWN, QB, NEW ORLEANS: He signed a one-year contract. He had a $825,000 base salary last season. Dominique Davis, who didn't play a snap last season, is currently the No. 2 quarterback.
BRENT GRIMES, CB, MIAMI: He signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with a $2.25 million signing bonus. A total of $3 million of the deal is guaranteed. He also received a $25,000 workout bonus.
CHRISTOPHER OWENS, CB, CLEVELAND: He signed a one-year, $1 million deal. A total of $300,000 was guaranteed.
LAWRENCE SIDBURY, DE, INDIANAPOLIS: He signed a one-year, $780,000 contract with $65,000 signing bonus.
WILL SVITEK, OT, NEW ENGLAND: He signed a one-year, $1 million deal with $500,000 guaranteed.
VANCE WALKER, DT, OAKLAND: He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Raiders. He has a $1.3 million base salary with a $500,000 signing bonus and $200,000 workout bonus.
RE-SIGNED WITH ANOTHER TEAM
DUNTA ROBINSON, CB, KANSASCITY: He signed a three-year deal worth $13.8 million. He received a $3 million signing bonus.
TYSON CLABO, OT, MIAMI: He signed a one year, $3.5 million deal with the Dolphins. He received a $1 million signing bonus and $500,000 of his $2.5 million base salary is guaranteed.
JOHN ABRAHAM, DE: He has visited Seattle, San Francisco, New England and Tennessee.
MICHAEL PALMER, TE: He played in 44 games and made four starts over three seasons. He caught 21 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns.
MIKE COX, FB: The former Georgia Tech standout started 11 games for the Falcons over the past two seasons and played in 16 games overall. He also played three seasons with the Chiefs.
CHRIS HOPE, FS/SS: Former Pro Bowler played well on special teams last season and saw some action in the dime defense in the playoffs.
MIKE PETERSON, LB: Provided veteran leadership and insurance last season. Made a key stop against Tampa Bay last season.
MICHAEL TURNER, RB: He was officially released because of a failed physical, which was listed in the league transactions. Turner aggravated an ankle injury in the NFC championship game. He limped off the field in the third quarter and did not return. The team did not announce any additional information about the injury or if he required offseason surgery. Turner played in all 18 games last season and rushed for 800 yards on 222 carries during the regular season. He had a groin surgery after the 2011 season. Turner plans to keep playing in the NFL.
TODD McCLURE, C: He announced that he will retire after 14 years in the NFL trenches.