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.

30 responses to “Plenty of teams would be well below the salary floor

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

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

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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).

  7. 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?

  8. “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….

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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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