Several more rookies signed and there was one significant contract restructure while I was off last week. Let’s take this opportunity to catch up on where each NFC South team stands in relation to the salary cap.
The Atlanta Falcons are $1.93 million under the cap. Rookies Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford remain unsigned. But the Falcons are going to catch a break at the end of this week. They’ll add $4.5 million in cap space because Tyson Clabo was designated as a June 1 release.
The Carolina Panthers are $6.79 million under the cap. There still could be a mid-level free-agent signing or two. But I get the impression general manager Dave Gettleman would like to carry over as much of that money as possible to help toward next year’s cap.
After restructuring the contract of safety Roman Harper, the Saints, who already have signed all of their draft picks, are $5.185 million under the cap. That gives the Saints, who have a history of being aggressive in pursuing veterans, some room to add to their roster.
With quarterback Mike Glennon as the only unsigned rookie, the Bucs are $18.988 million under the cap. I don’t know that the Bucs are actively pursuing any free agents right now, but they’ve got the flexibility to make some moves between now and the start of the season.