The NY Giants may have to make some difficult decisions before the 2020 NFL Season.
The relationship between the salary cap and NFL contracts is complicated. Due to this relationship, franchises are often forced to make difficult decisions when it comes to needing cap space. While teams usually have players on the tail end of the roster that could be easily replaced, veterans with larger cap numbers can find themselves on the outside looking in; that’s the exact scenario the NY Giants could find themselves in at some point this offseason.
First, it is important that everyone understands a few things. (All salary numbers are from Spotrac.)
1. The 2020 NFL salary cap is $198.2M.
2. The Giants currently have $16,336,625 available in their Top 51 cap space.
3. There are currently nine Giants rookies who remain unsigned but are estimated to take up $12,285,978 in cap space this season.
4. This would leave the Giants with approximately $4,050,647 in available cap space, excluding any more potential free agency moves.
5. NFL teams tend to leave $8-10M in cap space available for in-season transactions.
With the NY Giants having approximately $4M in available cap space, it appears likely that there will be some unfortunate cap casualties this summer.
It is highly unlikely that the Giants are done making offseason acquisitions, so cap space is something to be concerned about.
With that being said, here are three potential NY Giants cap casualties.