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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Looking at AFC South 2013 cap situations

By Paul Kuharsky

John Clayton of ESPN shared some significant cap information in his latest column at ESPN.com.

He’s got everybody’s carry over cap space that will go from 2012 to 2013, and their estimated total room against the cap in 2013.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson will enter a whole new world with that $46 million of cap room a year after his team swallowed about $37 million in dead money plus a $19 million cap hit for Dwight Freeney in the final year of his contract.

But the initial list of free agents to-be doesn’t have me thinking he can necessarily hit a jackpot.

From this link you can get position-by-position lists from Pro Football Focus. Most or all of the restricted free agents will get tenders and not be able to move. And of the guys heading to restricted free agency, some will re-sign and some will get franchise tagged.

I expect Grigson will bring in some quality people to address trouble areas starting with the offensive line. But he’s not going to shoot to spend every available penny if he doesn’t find guys who are worth it or who will accept contracts he thinks they’re worth.

Houston’s in better shape than I would have guessed, but has three significant guys with expiring contracts: Fullback James Casey, safety Glover Quin and outside linebacker Connor Barwin.