By releasing Flacco, the Broncos face a $13.6 million "dead money" hit on their salary cap, but they also save just more than $10 million against the cap, so the net cap hit overall would be about $3 million.
In this case, though, they were also teetering way too close to the salary cap line; they were going to have to drop someone that was a big name or large contract.
The Rams had to elect to spread the $11.75 mil in dead-money cap space over two seasons, but which also meant they’ll only see about $5.5 million in cap room from cutting him...and they won’t see that amount available for them to use until after June 2 because of how they had to go about handling the cap hit.
Other than having the $, they weren't a good fit for him. I bet if the Steelers had a do-over, they would gladly give that contract to Bell instead of tagging him. It's not all about that, but everything went to **** when Bell sat.
In 2016 they went 11-5 and lost in the AFCCG. In 2017 with Bell tagged, they went 13-3 losing in the playoffs in a game where their offense scored 42 against Jax's vaunted D. Then 9-6-1, no playoff appearance with Bell sitting. Then 8-8 with the triplets obliterated.