An in-depth look at the Timbers salary cap situation

So, understanding the Timber's salary cap situation should allow us a better ability to understand the kind of additional signings we'd likely be looking for in the coming month.

First, here is Portland's 2011 salary cap figure

Player Position Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Alexander Eric M $46,750.00 $46,750.00
Alhassan Kalif M $60,000.00 $69,250.00
Braun Frederick M $32,600.00 $32,600.00
Brown Adin GK $72,000.00 $76,000.00
Brunner Eric D $70,000.00 $74,250.00
Chabala Michael M $67,500.00 $75,833.00
Chara Diego M $100,008.00 $143,758.00
Cooper Kenny F $250,000.00 $267,500.00
Danso Mamdou D $75,000.00 $75,000.00
Dike Bright F $42,000.00 $44,937.00
Gleeson Jake GK $42,000.00 $44,000.00
Goldthwaite Kevin D $110,000.00 $126,667.00
Horst David D $42,000.00 $42,000.00
Jewsbury Jack D $155,000.00 $158,167.00
Johnson Eddie F $80,000.00 $88,000.00
Lopez Rodrigo M $32,604.00 $32,604.00
Lowry Peter F-M $60,000.00 $61,667.00
Marcelin James M $65,000.00 $65,000.00
Nagbe Darlington M/F $65,000.00 $201,000.00
Palmer Lovel M $75,000.00 $86,250.00
Perkins Troy GK $250,000.00 $280,000.00
Perlaza Jorge F $100,000.00 $115,000.00
Pore Ryan M $80,000.00 $80,000.00
Purdy Steve D $42,000.00 $42,000.00
Taylor Christopher D $32,600.00 $32,600.00
Thompson Spencer F $32,604.00 $32,604.00
Umony Brian F $65,004.00 $85,004.00
Wallace Rodney M-D $90,000.00 $139,000.00
Zizzo Sal F $65,000.00 $73,250.00

$2,299,670.00 $2,690,691.00
Estimated REAL salary*

$1,996,504.00 $2,172,838.00

First, you'll notice that the total salary, and the "estimated REAL salary" are different numbers. Total salary is just the vertical summation of the figures as given by the MLS Player's Union. Estimated REAL salary is supposed to represent approximately what our salary cap equaled, taking into account MLS salary rules (at least those presented to the public). That means Nagbe's salary is completely removed on account of his GA status, Chara's salary is counted as 335k, given his DP status, only the top 20 players count against the cap (with the other cheaper players; including Nagbe; don't count), we knew DC United were paying for the majority of Perkin's salary (I estimated it to be 80k against our cap)

Now for 2012:

Salary savings due to cuts
$702,212.00 $762,046.00

Estimated 2012 Salary Cap

Total Salary estimated available
$1,515,708.00 $1,399,208.00

Valencia Signing $150,000.00 $150,000.00

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Perkins full salary $170,000.00 $170,000.00
5% estimated increase in salary
$64,714.60 $70,539.60

Total remaining $1,088,993.40 $966,668.40

Now, these numbers are no where near exact, but they should give a good idea of the kind of salary cap space the Front Office still has to play with. Today's signing of Mosquera should take a bit of a chunk out of the available cash, but if anything, I think there is still plenty of flexibility left. Feel free to weigh in if I've missed anything!

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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