A handful of teams are waking up with a little more space in their wallets for the 2020 season. Four players were designated as post-June 1 releases earlier this offseason, meaning that they were immediately released from their respective clubs and free to sign elsewhere, while their former teams could spread out their salary cap hit over the next two years. That cap relief is delayed, however, and has only now gone into effect following the June 1 marker.
The Falcons let go of corner Desmond Trufant, the Bears released tight end Trey Burton, the Rams moved on from running back Todd Gurley, and the Jets moved on from corner Trumaine Johnson. Each of those players were designated as a post-June 1 releases and now clubs are getting some much-needed space to continue building their roster for 2020.
The New York Jets were the biggest beneficiaries of this practice, opening up $11 million in salary-cap space by moving on from Johnson. Instead of having a $15 million dead cap hit this offseason, that has now fallen to just $4 million. The downside to this for New York, however, is that an $8 million dead cap hit will be moved to the 2021 offseason. In the here and now, the Jets have around $25 million in cap room this offseason. With this newfound space, they could instantly become players for the likes of corner Logan Ryan or even defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, two veterans that have been linked to New York at various points this offseason.
Atlanta is not far behind the Jets in the amount of room they were able to open up, clearing $10.75 million thanks to releasing Trufant and labeling him as a post-June 1 cut. They also save $10.35 million in space in 2021, while clearing over $35 million in cash as well, according to Spotrac.
The Rams and Bears aren't seeing as much space opening up as both New York and Atlanta, but it's notable space nonetheless. After releasing Todd Gurley, who has since signed with the Falcons, Los Angeles has created $5.5 million in cap space for 2020 and $7.3 million in 2021. The biggest factor for the Rams, however, is that they were able to save themselves from spending $37 million in future payments. Chicago, meanwhile, created $2.8 million in space for 2020 and $8 million in 2021 after letting go of Burton.