It’s the calm before the storm as we are about to enter March and the NFL free agent signing period. Teams can start negotiating with free agents on March 7, while actual signings can take place beginning on March 9. Managing the salary cap is one of the most important parameters of free agency for any NFL team, and the man responsible for that task for the Indianapolis Colts is director of football administration Mike Bluem.
SB Nation discusses the state of the Colts’ salary cap, and Bluem’s strategy for maintaining the financial health of the franchise. Bluem explains that limiting “dead money” (which is when a player who is no longer with the team still counts against the cap) is one of the keys to keeping the team on track with player salaries. Bluem has done some very good work that has kept Indianapolis out of salary cap trouble, even though they have had some major misses in free agency in recent seasons.