Chiefs have most cap room in NFL

August, 16, 2011
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NFL.com has updated salary-cap numbers for each team in 2011. The numbers are interesting because the free-agent signing period is mostly over, though teams are still making the occasional addition. Don’t expect these teams to spend their cap money just because. The average amount of cap room for teams is currently around $11 million.

Let’s look at each AFC West team’s cap situation, in order of cap room:

Kansas City

Cap room: $32,984,542

What it means: The Chiefs have the most cap room in the NFL. They have done a great job. They signed several key players and locked up linebacker Tamba Hali. Kansas City can now look to lock up players such as Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr if it wishes.

Denver

Cap room: $24,302,469

What it means: The Broncos likely won’t spend much of its surplus. But it has flexibility to add a defensive tackle if need be.

Oakland

Cap room: $5,311,249

What it means: The Raiders have enough room to add a veteran like linebacker Lofa Tatupu or cornerback Kelvin Hayden if they wish.

San Diego

Cap room: $2,864,800

What it means: The Chargers can’t do much, but they weren’t planning to do much, anyway. If they need someone, they can get him.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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