- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Research for a future post brought me to some figures that always carry high interest. Below, you'll find the up-to-date salary-cap reports for each NFC North team, based on ESPN Stats & Information resources.
The figures include all rookies with the exception of the four draft picks who remain unsigned: The Green Bay Packers' Datone Jones along with the Minnesota Vikings' Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson. The totals also include the Packers' release of linebacker Desmond Bishop, which saved $3.964 million. Because he was released after June 1, the Packers split his remaining cap hit over the next two seasons. He'll count $800,000 against the Packers' 2013 cap and the same amount in 2014.
Chicago Bears: $1,637,767
Detroit Lions: $1,959,653
Green Bay Packers: $16,327,631
Minnesota Vikings: $7,131,654
For those wondering, the Vikings' total is high enough to sign Bishop along with their final three draft choices if that's what they choose to do. The Bears and Lions have signed their entire draft classes, so their available space in essence represents an emergency stash for summer signings.