We would like to submit this trade again. I've accounted for the cap issue raised before, my solution to that is listed at the end:
RB Doug Martin: 24 years old
3 years remaining, $3.2 M bonus
2013: $1.56 M
2014: $1.78 M
2015: $2.08 M
WR Vincent Jackson:
4 years remaining, $25 M bonus
2013: $9.31 M
2014: $10.61 M
2015: $12.29 M
2016: $14.47 M
Team cap space: $1.54 M (the original $1.98 M minus Eric Decker's 440K salary once that trade goes through.)
RB Ray Rice: 26 years old
2 years remaining, $7.66 M bonus
2013: $5.21 M
2014: $9.32 M
Ravens 2nd round pick
Ravens cap space: $13.87 M
In order to account for my cap space issue of $4.02 M (the $3.58 M plus Decker's contract), I would cut the following players if the deal was approved by the committee:
QB Dan Orlovsky: 1 year remaining, $1.2 M
TE Todd Heap: 1 year remaining, $1.72 M
DT Gary Gibson: 1 year remaining, $1.0 M
CB Myron Lewis: 1 year remaining, $510 K (contract is 710K and I incur a 200K penalty for him, so net 510K)
This would free up $4.43 M in cap space for me, enough to absorb Rice's contract. I would also still meet the minimum depth requirements at each position. If this satisfies the committee's concerns about my cap situation, then I request this trade be reviewed. Thank you!
I sent this idea on to the committee, and I haven't gotten one positive response yet (in 4 responses) about needing to cut so many players to clear cap space.
I know this isn't your intent, and you wouldn't abandon your team, but you have to realize this is basically the same situation the Panthers put themselves in. They pushed themselves to the cap limit (and over it), without even having a full roster on their team.
The most agreeable response I got from a committee member was that you would need to replace the players you're cutting with low level free agents to put yourself back at 53 players. But nobody liked the idea of allowing a team to operate with less than 53 players as a means for clearing cap room.
Another member suggested that it might be in your best interest to just wait until the offseason when you have contracts expiring and see what your cap space looks like then. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and I personally appreciate the thought and work you've put into the trade, but most everyone agreed that allowing this kind of thing just wasn't a good idea.