- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mike Sando passed this item along, and I thought you might find it interesting. It includes a chart that shows all 32 NFL teams ranked by how much salary cap room they have committed to the quarterback position in 2013. Here's where our division's teams come in:
2. New York Giants ($22.1 million). Some have asked why the Giants don't restructure Eli Manning's contract to help create cap room this year. The reason is that his cap number is $20.4 million in 2014 and $19.75 million in 2015, so shifting money into future years would only worsen the problem going forward. Manning is clearly the Giants' most significant and important player, and John Mara said recently that the team considers the portion of the salary cap Manning represents to be appropriate.
4. Dallas Cowboys ($19.6 million). This does not count the nearly $400,000 they saved Wednesday by restructuring the contract of backup Kyle Orton, but it does include a $16.8 million cap number for starter Tony Romo that can't be reduced unless the sides agree to an extension. They have had talks on this and continue to work on it, but as yet they have not reached the agreement that both sides ultimately hope will keep Romo in Dallas for the rest of his career. Once they do, this number is likely to drop.
18. Philadelphia Eagles ($9.6 million). A reduced-salary Michael Vick, a second-year Nick Foles and a career backup in Dennis Dixon add up to a very reasonable number committed to the most important position. The question is whether the Eagles can find a reliable starter out of that bunch for 2013. And whether they add to it by drafting a quarterback in the first round.
26. Washington Redskins ($5.4 million). This is yet another reason why those $18 million in salary cap penalties really sting the Redskins this year. They have their franchise quarterback (and his second-year backup) under contract for an incredibly low number, considering how much they like them both. Under normal circumstances, this would have helped the Redskins sign a bunch of helpful free agents at other positions. But the penalty deprived them of the opportunity to do that this year. Next year, assuming it's Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins again, this number only goes up to about $6.5 million, so that should help them then, at least.
Thanks to Mike for the info on a slow day.