Salary cap impact of release of Robert Nkemdiche

Salary cap impact of release of Robert Nkemdiche

Robert Nkemdiche

Salary cap impact of release of Robert Nkemdiche

The Arizona Cardinals unloaded enigmatic defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche on Saturday, announcing his release after practice. While he had a few highlights in three seasons, he was mostly a disappointment as a 2016 first-round pick. With his release …
Salary cap impact of release of Robert Nkemdiche

Robert Nkemdiche released: The impact on Arizona Cardinals’ salary cap

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Salary cap impact of release of Robert Nkemdiche

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The Arizona Cardinals unloaded enigmatic defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche on Saturday, announcing his release after practice. While he had a few highlights in three seasons, he was mostly a disappointment as a 2016 first-round pick.

With his release, how does it impact the salary cap?

Nkemdiche was set to have a cap hit of $2.73 million. He was scheduled to earn $1.12 million in salary and a $400,000 roster bonus. That was due on the fifth day of training camp, which would have been Sunday.

None of the money was guaranteed so they potentially could gain a little more than $1.5 million in salary cap space. However, because he is coming off a torn ACL and is not healthy, he reportedly qualifies for injury protection under the collective bargaining agreement.

Nothing is guaranteed for 2019 in Robert Nkemdichie's contract. There's a $400,000 5th day of training camp roster bonus. As much as $1,522,808 could be saved on salary cap with cut before roster bonus. Savings drop to $961,440 with him quafilying for CBA's injury protection.

— Joel Corry (@corryjoel)

According to Joel Corry, instead of saving more than $1.5 million in cap space, they will gain a little less than $1 million.

If that is the case, it means they will carry nearly $1.7 million in dead money from his contract.

Ultimately, they gain less than $1 million and take a $1.7 million hit, but they get rid of one big headache.

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