If you are a GM this season do you intentionally go over cap?
I know that ideally you want to be just under cap by season end, with at least 150K to look at NFL cuts and allow for injury.
The first tier (100k) allows wiggle room if you have a big injury and need to bring someone in.
This season is a bit different though. Every GM knows the cap will be taking a bump for 2014...how much we do not know, but it is likely at very minimum 500K up.
I have seen several bigger names getting contract extensions (Richardson, London, Bowman...though as a FA...Argos got Washington, Lions Marsh, Ianuzzi, etc). As a GM a heads-up move would have been signing some of the bigger names knowing darned the Cap is going up. You end up with a bit of a discount, and in an expansion year secure some of your talent.
If I am in there, I would want to be 90-99,999K over by season end this year. I know it is a little underhanded, but the long term rewards are big. Basically, any of the guys that I foresee 'Protecting' in the expansion draft I would be upping contracts in effort to keep them at discount for a few seasons.
FA season will be interesting for 2014, because the new CFLPA contract will be unlikely to be signed, Ottawa will be looking for, well, everything...and the Cap simply won't likely be known. I would imagine a pile of guys will be riding out FA for a longer time...secure it now GMs!