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Plenty of teams would be well below the salary floor

In 2009, each NFL team was required to spend $107 million on player salaries.  In 2010, plenty of teams currently would be below the minimum, if there were one.

Indeed, seven franchises would be under $100 million, if there were a salary cap in place.

We’ve obtained the salary cap numbers that would apply if the cap were still in place.  Based on the numbers, the following franchises are, to date, taking full advantage of the lack of a salary floor:  the Chiefs ($79 million), the Buccaneers ($79 million), the Jaguars ($81 million), the Bengals ($85 million), the Cardinals ($91 million), the Rams ($92 million), the Bills ($98 million).

Five other teams currently are below last year’s minimum.

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30 Responses to “Plenty of teams would be well below the salary floor”
  1. dybzinski says: Mar 14, 2010 2:12 PM

    Teams aren’t finished building their rosters though, so these figures don’t mean much today, do they?

  2. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 14, 2010 2:14 PM

    What a joke the NFL has become.

  3. Old Manny of the Mountains says: Mar 14, 2010 2:17 PM

    “five other teams currently are below last year’s minimum”
    and they are? more info, less BS.

  4. Jabroni says: Mar 14, 2010 2:20 PM

    of those 7 teams below the floor 0 will make the playoffs

  5. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 14, 2010 2:27 PM

    2 playoff teams out of the 7, but the rest are perennial floor mats.

  6. Jonrox says: Mar 14, 2010 2:29 PM

    Teams always assume around 12 million or so for draft picks, so some of these numbers will look more respectable. In the case of the bengals, they are still working on some higher value free agents (shayne graham and bobbie williams)

  7. jimmy_b says: Mar 14, 2010 2:43 PM

    Bengals are certainly no surprise on this list. Mike Brown = cheap bastard

  8. richardb says: Mar 14, 2010 2:44 PM

    The Bengals have a number of RFA’s yet to sign so their current $85 mil will rise by the end of FA. They’ll probably end up very close to $100 mil.

  9. F-Dallas says: Mar 14, 2010 2:55 PM

    WOW, Dallas! $153 Mill for 1 playoff win in over a decade?
    Not exactly the most well managed team you got there, eh Jerrah?

  10. Bech72 says: Mar 14, 2010 2:56 PM

    I’m curious as to if the RFA tenders are taken into account. In Cincinnati’s case they have about 10 Million out in RFA tenders and they’ve just finalized deals for Antonio Bryant and Roy Williams. The fact that they maxed out their cap room in ’09 makes me think those figures aren’t included and that Cincy isn’t as cheap at most make them out to be. Those numbers would put them over the 100 million mark which is about leage average at this point; too bad we don’t have an owner like Jerry Jones (153 mill is ridiculous).

  11. nobodybeatsdawiz says: Mar 14, 2010 2:58 PM

    waiting with baited breath….” the cards are cheap “…keep thinking that

  12. blueridge624 says: Mar 14, 2010 3:02 PM

    How up to date are these numbers? Do they include signings within the last few days? Do they include salaries dumped within the past few days? And isn’t it a bit premature to draw conclusions from these numbers, since rosters are currently in flux,free agency proceeds apace,rookie draft pools are yet to be determined,etc. etc. etc. aren’t these numbers little more than snapshots from a running tally?

  13. Bender12 says: Mar 14, 2010 3:09 PM

    “WOW, Dallas! $153 Mill for 1 playoff win in over a decade?
    Not exactly the most well managed team you got there, eh Jerrah?”
    You do realize that the Cowboys structured contracts specifically with the uncapped year in mind. Take a minute and think about why they would do that and what benefit that might have in the upcoming capped years….
    I think you are playing checkers while Jerry Jones is playing chess….

  14. samh says: Mar 14, 2010 3:10 PM

    Curious if Jacksonville’s includes Aaron Kampman’s contract. I also wonder what you think these teams should go out and do? Jacksonville, for example, went out and got Kampman. Who else is out there? They’re only superstar player is already locked up for the long haul. They may re-do Mike Sims-Walker’s deal and that will increase this year’s figure.
    But why pay big $$ for replacement-level players that can be had in the draft?
    is already facing giving a pile of guaranteed money at their 1st round pick on top of whatever they’ve spent.

  15. samh says: Mar 14, 2010 3:10 PM

    Curious if Jacksonville’s includes Aaron Kampman’s contract. I also wonder what you think these teams should go out and do? Jacksonville, for example, went out and got Kampman. Who else is out there? They’re only superstar player is already locked up for the long haul. They may re-do Mike Sims-Walker’s deal and that will increase this year’s figure.
    But why pay big $$ for replacement-level players that can be had in the draft?
    Plus, they’re already facing giving a pile of guaranteed money at their 1st round pick on top of whatever they’ve spent. a

  16. sullijo says: Mar 14, 2010 3:22 PM

    The Chiefs are a joke – if u can’t afford a team Hunt, sell it to somebody who can.
    Is it any surprise you haven’t won more than 4 games in the past 3 years?
    Are you even trying?

  17. JSpicoli says: Mar 14, 2010 3:42 PM

    And they still get the big check from revenue sharing.
    And most of the pundits thought uncapped meant free wheeling. Some teams are trying to soak some cash, espcially since we are in an economic funk.

  18. Johnboy says: Mar 14, 2010 3:51 PM

    The Bengals’ cap figure includes Tank Williams and all RFA & EFA tenders (regardless if they’ve been signed or not). After you add Antonio Bryant (~$7M) and Roy Williams (probably $900k), the team cap is still less than $93M (“Top 51″) with 62 players on the roster.
    Either way I wouldn’t call the team cheap – just conservative with their cap. They’ve proven a willingness to sign expensive free agents (Coles, Bryant, Odom) and pay top dollar for their own players’ extensions (Palmer, Peko, Whitworth).
    Some of the other teams are a joke with their bloated caps, low roster size and lack of quality. The Raiders being the worst example, but Washington isn’t too far behind.

  19. maroci says: Mar 14, 2010 4:11 PM

    “and they are? more info, less BS.”
    Well if you had any brains you would click the link they provided. But I guess not.

  20. HardcoreH1 says: Mar 14, 2010 4:13 PM

    The Bengals have 5 or 6 RFA tenders still left to be signed plus all if these teams will have draft picks that will have contracts. When it’s all said and done Cincy should be around $125 million.
    This whole story is BS.

  21. sniperhare says: Mar 14, 2010 4:28 PM

    @Smackmyvickup the Cardinals and the Jags right? The two playoff teams out of 7.

  22. mil2000 says: Mar 14, 2010 5:09 PM

    Not big fans of the Cards and Bengels but one could argue that they are the smartest of the bunch. Seams like they are in the playoff hunt the last 3-5 years. Tho, I dont think thier owners are as smart as Florio’s list makes them out to be, value for dollar wise. It’s a bit suprising how bad the Skins, Bears and Raiders are verses there dollar amount.

  23. Rickah99 says: Mar 14, 2010 5:23 PM

    Has Dallas even been relevant in over decade?
    Long answer: Not at all!

  24. SFrancis1680 says: Mar 14, 2010 6:50 PM

    FLORIO, bring us these numbers in August after all the draft picks are signed, so we know who the cheap bastards are…then you can follow that up w/BS from the Comissioner about how these clubs are struggling in a tough economy…cutting employees, cutting payroll, won’t open their books, but their bitching about how their struggling to make it in a bad econmy

  25. Fire Ted says: Mar 14, 2010 7:00 PM

    Playing checkers while Jones is playing chess? Sorry, that doesn’t hold water given his point that ONE playoff win in TEN years still stands.

  26. Rick says: Mar 14, 2010 7:52 PM

    I look at the Bills salary cap. This is a joke that not one player has any interest in coming to this team. If I where Ralph Wilson I would be embarressed. This team can’t even get a second or third rate player to come here. THIS TEAM SUCKS I wish they would move and save the fans thier hard earn money.

  27. WhoPlaysWhere says: Mar 14, 2010 8:54 PM

    Another Hack Journalist trying to stir the shit up about the teams he doesn’t like.
    Top of the list: The Bengals
    This team gets no respect from the media and possibly rightfully so. If this team ever turns the page, I can’t wait for the silence on this website!

  28. ParkerFly says: Mar 14, 2010 11:07 PM

    jimmy_b says: “Bengals are certainly no surprise on this list. Mike Brown = cheap bastard”
    Are you stupid? The Bengals have always spent most of their salary cap money.

  29. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 15, 2010 10:42 AM

    Jevon Kearse $65 million to suck
    Darren Howard $30 million to blow
    Asante Samuel $57 million to not tackle
    Donovan McNabb $5.3 million for getting benched
    Stacy Andrews $39 million to get benched by week 2
    The Cowboys don’t need management tips from the 0-3gles.

  30. shaunypoo says: Mar 17, 2010 10:18 AM

    You do realize that the Cowboys structured contracts specifically with the uncapped year in mind. Take a minute and think about why they would do that and what benefit that might have in the upcoming capped years….
    I think you are playing checkers while Jerry Jones is playing chess….
    Bender, if the cap goes away forever, this can turn out to be a real good move. I, however, believe that the cap will be back with the next CBA. If that happens, how will all of these teams that are over whatever the cap is set at get back down. They will have to start cutting players wholesale, which will hurt their respective teams. I don’t think these values mean too much right now.

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