Like Seahawks, Titans have lots of cap room

June, 10, 2014
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First-round pick Taylor Lewan and second-round pick Bishop Sankey remain unsigned. Their deals will alter the Tennessee Titans salary cap situation a bit.

But according to ESPN Stats and Info, as of Monday the Titans raked second in the NFL with $25,894,925 free dollars against their adjusted salary cap.

That cap includes nearly $9 million in carryover, so Tennessee is more like $17 million under the NFL's 2014 cap of $133 million.

Such news usually sets off an outcry from fans who ask why they are sitting on it, why they didn't spent it, etc.?

It's a big number. You'd rather your team have it looking ahead than not. The Titans have flexibility heading into the season. They will be able to re-sign or extend guys they want. (Jurrell Casey's at the head of the extension list.) They can shop smartly in the high-priced aisle of free agency in 2015.

Currently the most expensive 51 players count. Ultimately it will be the full roster of 53. That will eat up some, and the Titans will certainly want some handy as a contingency if they have to make moves because of injuries.

It's not good to be grouped with Washington, the only team with more free money, or Tampa Bay (30th) or St. Louis (29th).

But there at 28th sits the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

If Seattle, with its draft class signed and extensions for cornerback Richard Sherman and receiver Doug Baldwin complete, can have more than $20.2 million free against its adjusted cap, it sort of kills the "have-it, spend-it" demands.

San Francisco, regarded by some as the second-best team in the NFL, is 27th, with just under $20 million in room.

In fact, the average 2013 playoff team ranks roughly 17th in available cap space and the only teams that played in the postseason who rank in the top 10 are Carolina (fifth), Cincinnati (seventh) and AFC champion Denver (10th).

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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