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Thursday, August 1, 2013
NFC South salary-cap check

By Pat Yasinskas

There has been a lot of movement toward the salary cap lately with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams signing contract extensions and Carolina’s Jon Beason restructuring his contract. Now that all of those deals are on the books, let’s take a look at the cap status for all four NFC South teams.

The Falcons are $7.7 million under the cap. There is enough room to add some players, but I wouldn’t count on the Falcons bringing in any veterans unless they encounter some injury problems.

The Panthers are $12.8 million under the cap. That’s the most room of any team in the division and that’s a tribute to general manager Dave Gettleman because the team was more than $16 million over the cap heading into the start of the league year. But I don’t expect many moves for the Panthers. They’re facing more salary-cap issues next year and I think Gettleman wants to carry over most of the $12.8 million to free up space for next year.

The New Orleans Saints are $5.1 million under the cap. That’s the least amount of room in the division, but the Saints still have room to add a veteran or two and they’ve shown a willingness to do that in the past.

The Buccaneers are $11.5 million under the cap. But I doubt Tampa Bay is going on any spending spree. The Bucs already have a big commitment toward next year’s cap and I think they want to carry over as much space as they can.