According to NFL insider Field Yates, the New Orleans Saints have created some salary cap space by converting defensive end Cam Jordan’s roster bonus to a signing bonus.
The move creates $4.8 million in space according to Yates, and Jordan’s 2016 cap figure is set for $8 million.
It’s a move that was expected by many, and the practice of converting of a roster to signing bonus is typical in today’s NFL. When a club does this, it prorates the signing bonus over the life of a player’s contract. It reduces the salary cap charge for now, but will stick with the team as a future charge. Jordan signed a 6-year, $61.9 million contract extension with the Saints last June.
Cam Jordan’s 50 quarterback pressures ranked second among all 4-3 defensive ends, as per Pro Football Focus. Jordan finished right behind Seattle’s Michael Bennett (57). He also was the second highest graded end (+47.4) behind Miami’s Olivier Vernon. Jordan also finished out the 2015 campaign with 10.0 sacks (T-15th), 46 total tackles, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and five passes defended.
Cam Jordan was the only player on the New Orleans Saints to play in the Pro Bowl. He’s played and started in all games since his rookie season in 2011. The Saints still have a lot of work to do for their salary cap situation in 2016 if they want to land any free agents, and still have restricted and unrestricted free agents from last year’s team that should get a look.
Jordan had the second-highest salary cap figure on the team at $12.8 million before the move was made.
2016 – Top 11 Cap Numbers
- Drew Brees ($30 million)
Cam Jordan ($12.8 million)Converted roster bonus to signing bonus, saves $4.8M
- Jairus Byrd ($10.9 million)
Jahri Evans ($8.2 million)Released 2/8, saves $3.2M
- Keenan Lewis ($6.35 million)
- Brandon Browner ($6.3 million) Pending release, no official transaction
- Max Unger ($6 million)
Dannell Ellerbe ($5.9 million)Restructured 2/11, saves $2.7M
- Marques Colston ($5.9 million)
- Zach Strief ($4.6 million)
David Hawthorne ($4.51 million)Released 2/8, saves $2.25M