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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
More cap space for Atlanta Falcons?

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The Falcons already took a $6.4 million salary-cap hit for Michael Vick in 2009. But there now are reports the team could recoup some of that space.

D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that the situation is under review, according to a league spokesperson, after Vick agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

If the Falcons get some relief, it could come in handy. They currently are less than $1.88 million under the salary cap. That’s the number they were at before signing center Brett Romberg and safety James Sanders. We don't know if the contracts for Romberg and Sanders fall into the top 51 cap figures, which are all that count at the moment. But that's about to change.

Teams are required to get down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. At that point, all players currently under contract count toward the cap. So do players on injured reserve and any outstanding pro-rated bonus money for players no longer on the roster. Defensive end Chauncey Davis, who has a $3.75 million cap figure, is a candidate to be a salary-cap casualty.

But if the Falcons get some added space from the Vick situation, it would give them additional room to work with if they have injuries and need to sign more players during the season.