Wednesday, July 20, 2011
NFC West has most projected cap room
By Mike Sando
John Clayton's list of potential salary-cap casualties under the expected labor agreement features a couple of names from the NFC West.
Clayton also provides team-by-team figures for projected salary-cap room, not counting as-yet-unknown salaries for players likely to become restricted free agents.
NFC West teams have a combined $131.3 million in projected cap space, more than any of the seven other divisions.
The Seattle Seahawks led the division with $39 million in projected cap room, followed closely by the Arizona Cardinals ($37.3 million) and St. Louis Rams ($35.6 million). The San Francisco 49ers were last at $18.9 million, but they'll clear significant room by reworking or terminating Nate Clements' contract.
Tampa Bay ($59.2 million) has the most projected room in the league, followed by Seattle, Arizona and Chicago. The Rams rank seventh. The 49ers rank 13th (we have updated their total from $19.4 million to $18.9 million).
In other words, cap space will not inhibit NFC West teams as they consider options in free agency this offseason. The pending labor agreement will set higher minimum requirements for spending, but that does not mean teams will have to hurriedly spend most or all of their cap room when free agency opens.
We'll know more once there's an agreement in place.