The Arizona Cardinals are about to get another $3 million in salary-cap space for 2013.
That was the savings available for using a "post-June 1 designation" when releasing guard Adam Snyder earlier in the offseason.
Teams releasing players before June 1 must immediately account for associated bonus-related cap charges that otherwise would have come due later. However, accounting rules allow each team to treat up to two players as post-June 1 casualties even though the players were released earlier. The allowance lets released players catch on with another team earlier in the offseason. It also allows teams to escape injury-related liabilities for players they otherwise might not release before June 1.
Snyder's old contract with Arizona is currently counting $4 million against the Cardinals' 2013 cap. The post-June 1 designation will shove $3 million of that total into the future, leaving a $1 million hit on the books for this season.
The Cardinals had $8.272 million in cap space before the post-June 1 savings goes into effect, according to ESPN's John Clayton.
Arizona was the only team in the NFC West to use the post-June 1 designation this offseason. The Cardinals also have more cap space than any team in the division.
The San Francisco 49ers have about $2.6 million in space after center Jonathan Goodwin accepted a pay reduction in exchange for a $1 million guarantee. The Seattle Seahawks have a little more than $4 million in space, while the St. Louis Rams have about $3.5 million, according to Clayton.