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08-27-2008, 09:59 AM
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Captain Ron
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Originally Posted by massivegoonery View Post
Yeah but you can use that $2 to sign other players.
No....you cannot. If the injured player is a $5 million cap hit and the player taking his spot is a $3 million cap hit then the $3 million players salary does not count....so he is essentially now a $5 million player. A team does not get to "bank" the unused portion of the cap relief.

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Originally Posted by massivegoonery View Post
I don't see a difference. Why would cap relief matter if you're not exceeding the cap?
The team only gets cap relief if the player designated to replace the injured player causes the team to go over the cap. If not then both the injured player and his replacement will count towards the cap.

Let's say a team is $7 million under the cap and they have a $4 million player going on the long term IR. His replacement only makes $3 million. So both players together ($7 million combined) would take the team to the cap ceiling (but not over). The team is essentially at the cap limit. They could acquire someone making $4 million or less to be the "new replacement player" and that person's salary would not count......but the injured player's salary would always be accumulating against the cap (before and after the acquisition). Cap relief is not retro-active.

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