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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
BBAO: Packers have cap space to spare

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette made important points in analyzing the new contract of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers will count $12 million against the 2013 salary cap, an increase of only $2.25 million more than what he was due to count under his previous deal. That leaves the Packers with $13.5 million in salary-cap space remaining in 2013.

So what will the Packers do with that money?

Silverstein estimates it will cost the Packers between $5 million and $6 million to sign their draft class, leaving about $7 million in surplus. NFL rules allow teams to push any leftover cap space into next season, which would give them a $7 million head start on 2014. It could also be used to sign other players to extensions. Cornerback Sam Shields and/or defensive tackle B.J. Raji could be squeezed in this year as well if the Packers want to.

This season, Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, who signed a five-year extension earlier this month, will count $18.71 million against the Packers' salary cap.

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