2013 NFL rookie salary pool: Dolphins spending most on rookies

Joel Auerbach

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association sets the maximum and minimum amount each team can spend on their draft picks. In 2013, the Miami Dolphins have the highest amount.

The 2013 NFL rookie salary poll numbers have been set. Each year, after the NFL Draft is complete, the league assigns a Year 1 salary cap for each team. They also set a minimum amount the team must spend. Those dollars are then used to sign the team's draft picks.

For the Miami Dolphins, the rookie pool is a league high $7,839,986, with a minimum of $5,200,912.

While drafted rookies will begin signing with their respective teams shortly (the Chicago Bears have already signed four of their six picks, and the Baltimore Ravens have signed six of their 10), don't expect any movement from the Dolphins for a while. Miami currently has $10,467,001 under the salary cap. A portion (maybe a large portion) of that money will likely be used by the team in signing an offensive tackle, as well as any other free agent move the team may consider.

On June 1, the team will gain around $9,390,000. The Dolphins released Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett in March, but designated them as June 1 cuts. The move means the team carries their full salary on the roster until June 1, despite them being free to sign with other teams, when they will only be responsible for the dead money in their contracts. That $9.4 million will likely be where the Dolphins will get the $7.8 million needed for the rookies.

Here's the entire list of rookie pools, along with the rookie minicamp dates for each team, according to Shutdown Corner's Brian McIntyre.

Arizona Cardinals (May 10-12) - $6,791,557 max. / $5,096,138 min.
Atlanta Falcons (May 3-5) - $4,788,706 max. / $4,499,953 min.
Baltimore Ravens (May 3-5) - $5,517,713 max. / $5,453,022 min.
Buffalo Bills (May 10-12) - $5,666,842 max. / $4,781,200 min.
Carolina Panthers (May 10-12) - $3,991,541 max. / $3,217,443 min.
Chicago Bears (May 10-12) - $4,032,730 max. / $3,625,917 min.
Cincinnati Bengals (May 10-12) - $6,322,645 max. / $5,612,732 min.
Cleveland Browns (May 10-12) - $4,816,549 max. / $3,024,120 min.
Dallas Cowboys (May 10-12) - $4,525,146 max. / $4,284,943 min.
Denver Broncos (May 10-12) - $4,300,731 max. / $4,099,329 min.
Detroit Lions (May 10-12) - $7,548,266 max. / $4,973,932 min.
Green Bay Packers (May 10-12) - $6,131,322 max. / $5,902,831 min.
Houston Texans (May 10-12) - $5,315,998 max. / $5,092,408 min.
Indianapolis Colts (May 10-12) - $4,206,579 max. / $3,966,608 min.
Jacksonville Jaguars (May 3-5) - $7,693,548 max. / $4,584,141 min.
Kansas City Chiefs (May 10-12) - $7,415,574 max. / $4,502,308 min.
Miami Dolphins (May 3-5) - $7,839,986 max . (*-league high) / $5,200,912 min.
Minnesota Vikings (May 3-5) - $6,849,789 max. / $6,310,060 min.
New England Patriots (May 3-5) - $3,750,922 max. / $3,620,927 min.
New Orleans Saints (May 10-12) - $3,704,771 max. / $3,169,997 min.
New York Giants (May 10-12) - $4,604,779 max. / $4,153,083 min.
New York Jets (May 10-12) - $6,916,579 max. / $4,896,618 min.
Oakland Raiders (May 10-12) - $6,405,868 max. / $5,409,852 min.
Philadelphia Eagles (May 10-12) - $7,408,442 max. / $4,569,557 min.
Pittsburgh Steelers (May 3-5) - $5,645,618 max. / $5,089,750 min.
St. Louis Rams (May 10-12) - $6,118,616 max. / $4,911,791 min.
San Diego Chargers (May 10-12) - $4,877,639 max. / $3,666,254 min.
San Francisco 49ers (May 10-12) - $6,751,737 max. / $6,074,294 min.
Seattle Seahawks (May 10-12) - $5,126,349 max. / $5,068,875 min.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (May 3-5) - $3,338,674 max. / $3,018,242 min.
Tennessee Titans (May 10-12) - $6,115,746 max. / $4,684,783 min.
Washington Redskins (May 3-5) - $3,500,346 max. / $3,378,378 min.

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