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Thursday, March 12, 2009
AFC West salary cap update

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

While there is plenty of time remaining in the offseason, much of the money-spending portion is in the books.

Free agency has slowed down and is in the second-tier mode. So much of the team's spending will be dedicated to paying draft picks and some complementary players.

So it's a perfect time to get updated on salary cap numbers for the AFC West teams. Here is the latest information:

Denver

Cap room: $16.3 million.

Note: Does not reflect the Kenny Peterson signing that will only slightly alter the number.

What's left to do: Denver would like to add some defensive help, but he team doesn't have much cash left to pay signing bonuses after adding a dozen players early in free agency. Don't expect a lot more movement other than the draft or if the Jay Cutler saga deteriorates to the point where Denver trades him. Whatever Denver needs to do, it has the cap room to do it.

Kansas City

Cap room: $36.2 million.

Note: Does not reflect the Travis Daniels contract, it will only slightly alter the Chiefs' cap situation.

What's left to do: The Chiefs have more needs than what's available on the market. The Chiefs need to add in several areas on defense and perhaps on the offensive line. The Chiefs can do whatever they want with their truck load of cap room.

Oakland

Cap room: $13 million.

What's left to do: The Raiders need a receiver and a tackle. Oakland has the cap room if it wants to sign a veteran tackle like Orlando Pace. But after last season's spending spree, will the team want to throw out another big bonus?

San Diego

Cap room: $9.1 million.

Note: Does not reflect the signing of Kevin Burnett and the new contract for LaDainian Tomlinson. The team will lose a little for Burnett and save about $2 million with the Tomlinson deal. It will have ample cap room to do what it needs to do.

What's left to do: The Chargers could still use a safety, a defensive lineman and an offensive lineman. The Chargers are usually quiet in free agency so don't expect a late splash, but they can make a couple of small moves if they wish.