Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NFC South salary-cap check
By Pat Yasinskas
When it comes to the salary cap, there’s a huge discrepancy between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the rest of the NFC South.
The latest cap figures have the Bucs at $32.8 million under the cap. Only the Cleveland Browns ($33.6 million) have more room.
The New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons are among the teams with the least room. New Orleans is $1.635 million under the cap and only four teams have less cap room. The Falcons are $2.027 million under the cap.
The Saints and Falcons will have to restructure contracts or release players to be able to sign their draft picks.
The Carolina Panthers are $5.134 million under the cap. They’ll have enough room to sign their draft picks and could have enough to sign another free agent or two.
What’s Tampa Bay going to do with all that room? In addition to signing their draft picks, they could have several major expenditures. They still could trade for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and give him a hefty new contract and they reportedly will try to extend the contract of receiver Mike Williams after the draft. The Bucs also could sign several more free agents.