Updated cap space as of August 15

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We unveiled them during today’s PFT Live.  We could withhold them so that you’ll watch PFT Live via the on-demand function, but if the fact that the guests included Al Michael, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the guy who is trying to get Terrelle Pryor into the supplemental draft, which by the way is set for tomorrow, then teasing you with the cap numbers won’t get it done, either.

So here’s the updated cap space, as of Monday, August 15:

Chiefs:  $33 million.

Buccaneers:  $29 million.

Jaguars:  $28.3 million.

Bengals:  $25.9 million.

Bills:  $24.6 million.

Browns:  $24.5 million.

Broncos:  $24.4 million.

Bears:  $19.3 million.

49ers:  $15.6 million.

Seahawks:  $15.5 million

Cardinals:  $14.6 million.

Packers:  $13.1 million.

Redskins:  $10.9 million.

Dolphins:  $9.6 million.

Jets:  $9.4 million.

Patriots:  $9.2 million.

Colts:  $7.1 million.

Titans:  $6.9 million.

Cowboys:  $6.6 million.

Giants:  $5.5 million.

Raiders:  $5.1 million.

Steelers:  $4.4 million.

Ravens:  $2.8 million.

Chargers:  $2.7 million.

Saints:  $2.6 million.

Texans:  $2.2 million.

Eagles:  $2 million

Panthers:  $1.7 million.

Lions:  $1.1 million.

Falcons:  $1.1 million.

Vikings:  $380,000.

Rams:  $270,000.

88 responses to “Updated cap space as of August 15

  1. i am continually astonished with how LITTLE cap management/mismanagement has to do with a team’s performance.

    case in point: the Falcons next to the Vikings, or the Redskins along side the Packers.

  2. deepseabreeze says: Aug 16, 2011 1:17 PM

    who do the rams have salary tied up in?

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    Who’s their QB again? Marc Bulger? Damn him for sucking all that dough like he’s a Pillsbury spokesman or something

  3. They are probably recalculating the Broncos cap room after the major hit they took from cutting LenDale White!

  4. So the Chiefs have roughly 120x more money available than the Rams. That’s crazy.

    C’mon KC, make it rain!

  5. How did the Raiders get from the $15 million over the cap to 5.1 of space? I didn’t see any major cuts or deal restructuring.

  6. +1 for the where’s the broncos comments… When our interior D Line fails again I’d like to know how much money we could have spent on it to avoid another lost season.

  7. Tampa Bay is in a really great situation. Young core in place with $29 million in cap room. Green Bay too, winning the Super Bowl without several key players and they have $13.1 million left.

  8. All totaled, the league is at about 91% of the cap. I would expect the number to go down by in the next few weeks as some teams dump guys that are making pretty good salaries and end up keeping some undrafted free agents that don’t currently count against the cap (only the top 52 salaries count). Since the league has to be a lot higher than 91% total, there should be a lot of major contract signings as the season goes along.

  9. geemoney713 says: Aug 16, 2011 1:25 PM

    How did the Raiders get from the $15 million over the cap to 5.1 of space? I didn’t see any major cuts or deal restructuring.
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    Al Davis restructured a couple of big deals last week, and he left enough for another move or two.

    He does this every year, because he’s not in it for the money, unlike some other owners on that list.

  10. “i am continually astonished with how LITTLE cap management/mismanagement has to do with a team’s performance.

    case in point: the Falcons next to the Vikings, or the Redskins along side the Packers.”

    What a stupid f’in statement. 2 yrs ago, the Vikes are a bad Favre pass from the superbowl, and they didnt perform well. Building up to that, (albeit under Childress), they continually performed better than the previous year.

    Washington has always been a different story, but to group the Vikes and other teams that have managed their money well, is just a stupid thing to say…

  11. How on earth do my Vikes manage to use every last ounce of their cap space will still finding a way to toss an inferior product on the field? Also, what happened to that rumor of them clearing cap space for Fitz? Apparently they either expect $380k to be plenty of one of the best wideouts in the game, or that rumor is completely bogus.

  12. This list would be more useful if you also provided the following lists:

    Available Free Agents
    ‘Name’ Players most likely to get cut from camp

  13. Generally, The older the players the more expensive they are. Check out the average age of the players on these teams and they correspond more or less to the cap space.

  14. Red was a cheap owner. Wilf has spent a fortune on the Vikings and will spend even more for a stadium. It’s going to hard finding how to deal with the cap when Adrian and Greenway get their deals. Now I see why Leber was let go of.

  15. the Titans only have $6.9 million left, how the heck does Chris Johnson think he’s gonna earn a contract worth more than $13 million/yr with $30 million guaranteed?

  16. deepseabreeze says:
    Aug 16, 2011 1:17 PM
    who do the rams have salary tied up in?

    Like 3 number 1 overall picks

  17. As much as it pains me to say, the Packer’s front office deserves a ton of credit. Out of curiosity though, does this mean that they have a lot of underpaid stars who will be renegotiating in the not so distant future? Even if that is true, they have a great plan….just curious.

  18. Rams money is tied up in Bradford, Steven Jackson, Chris Long, Jason Smith, Jason Brown, Ron Bartell and Quintin Mikell.

    $244MM in contracts between those 7 guys.

  19. And THE GLAZER FAMILY wonders why the fans can’t stand them. But they spend at all costs for MANCHESTER UNITED soccer team

    Conflict of Interest going on here

  20. It’s discouraging to see the Vikings near the bottom of that list. It wouldn’t be so bad if this team was set, but they’re in a rebuilding year, thanks to years of neglect by Brad Childress.

    Their offensive line is in shambles (look out AP), they lost their best WR, their best DL is set to be suspended (unfairly) for the first month of the season, they don’t have a safety on their roster who could start for any other team in the league, and now they’ve brought in another aging, over-the-hill QB trying to resurrect his career for one more shot at a title.

    I just hope Leslie Frazier doesn’t get blamed for a bad year this year. If he gets this team to .500 by year’s end, he ought to be voted coach of the year.

  21. The Eagles will have plenty more once they sign Vick to an extension. Since he is under a Franchise tag it is tying up a bunch of cap. once they restructure and Sign D . jackson to a new Contract they will still have plenty left for Whatever.
    The 2 mil. # is very deceiving.
    GO BIRDS !!

  22. According to the numbers, the Jaguars actually have the lowest payroll, even though they don’t have the most cap space.

  23. Redskins are under the cap because they took advantage of the uncapped year last year to redo deals and give players money immediately as opposed to down the road. DeAngelo Hall and Albert Haynesworth received lump sum checks for the guaranteed portions of their contract last year. From what I’ve read, their cap number for last year would have been $170 million(cap this year is $125(ish?) million). Basically, Snyder has lots of money to burn so Shanahan and Allen circumvented the cap with their unethical, albeit technically legal maneuvers last year.

  24. nashvilletrojan says:
    Aug 16, 2011 1:53 PM
    the Titans only have $6.9 million left, how the heck does Chris Johnson think he’s gonna earn a contract worth more than $13 million/yr with $30 million guaranteed?

    If $30M was a signing bonus prorated over six years, they could fit that + minimum 4th-year player base salary in the first year(that would be about $5.7M against this year’s cap?), but that’s still tight (although they may get a little breathing room if they cut a higher-priced vet or two coming out of camp, in favor of a rookie). They could also maybe structure it as a two-tier bonus (part option bonus next year?) to reduce first year hit, possibly.

    But it should make it clear to Cortland Finnegan why nothing’s gonna happen with him until they know what Johnson’s numbers are. Not to mention, any deal for Finnegan has to be made with an eye on what they expect to do with McCourty and Verner in the next couple of years.

  25. So much for the “Titans don’t pay their players” lie that some people (like Marshall Faulk) keep spouting. Also, nashvilletrojan is right: CJ2K needs to sign before the Titans spend even more money. The longer he sits out, the less available capital the team will have to spend on him. On the bright side, maybe they will FINALLY cut Justin Gage and/or Chris Hope to free up some money for Johnson. Neither one of those guys have been worth their contracts.

  26. Cap spadce down the stretch will be big..there are gong to be alot of good players released in the coming month..who has the cash to pick em uup?

  27. NFLJunkie…..Thanks, good explaination. It’s possible…..But your right, that’s very tight and leaves little wiggle room for the future when some other deals will come up with the youngsters that are now starting. Is a RB worth that risk?

  28. What a stupid f’in statement. 2 yrs ago, the Vikes are a bad Favre pass from the superbowl, and they didnt perform well. Building up to that, (albeit under Childress), they continually performed better than the previous year.

    Washington has always been a different story, but to group the Vikes and other teams that have managed their money well, is just a stupid thing to say…
    ==================================

    Is that more stupid than not realizing the current Vikes number doesn’t include a $20 million QB?

    The Vikes have a lot of money tied up in good-not-great players. Did I mention they need to rework AP’s contract this year?

    Yeah, not great money management after all.

  29. kraigk1 says: Aug 16, 2011 1:35 PM Eagles have 2 million left? That’s at least enough to sign the best water boy and jock strap washer to complete The Dream Team.
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    Hey now, those are Vince Young’s jobs, that he’s rightfully earned.

  30. Cap space does not equal cash spent. The Chiefs may have the most cap space, but they are in the top half of the league in cash spent. It’s just they know how to work the cap. Kind of like the Eagles were able to work the cap and sign just about everyone in free agency they wanted, and still will be able to give Jackson and Vick new deals. You are looking at the wrong list if you want to call teams either cheap or over spenders.

  31. Pleaseeeeee save the rest of the money niners its looking like a. Down year with our qb group and I seen a ton of 1 yr deals so next yr we should be able too start free agency the same week instead of a week after

  32. mmm I see some people calling owners cheap…..i doubt that there are many quality free agents left….paying a lot of money to everyone just to spend cap space is dumb, not generous….

  33. jmphinsfan says:
    Aug 16, 2011 1:16 PM
    i am continually astonished with how LITTLE cap management/mismanagement has to do with a team’s performance.

    case in point: the Falcons next to the Vikings, or the Redskins along side the Packers.

    The Skins have the best cap guys in the league. For the last 15 years all anyone talks about is how the Skins are in “cap hell”, but strangely enough, this have never come to fruition. They constantly have reworked and structured contracts to make it work, year after year. Sure they’ve made bad signings, but managing the cap was never a problem. And now that Vinny is gone, its much much less so.

  34. I wonder if the reason two Giants defensive backs (Webster and Rolle) restructured is so Osi could get his incentive-based contract improved, thus making their job a bit easier in coverage. Looks like it, because I just don’t foresee us trading for a TE or anything like that. Suddenly we freed up $5M in cap space… just seems a little odd, considering we haven’t made a move since (Except bringing in Deon Grant).

    I still say we’re picking up a TE via cuts – I just hope it ends up being someone decent.

  35. The Skins have the best cap guys in the league. For the last 15 years all anyone talks about is how the Skins are in “cap hell”, but strangely enough, this have never come to fruition. They constantly have reworked and structured contracts to make it work, year after year. Sure they’ve made bad signings, but managing the cap was never a problem. And now that Vinny is gone, its much much less so.
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    So you’re metric for cap success is purely based on the balance sheet and is in no way correlated to the ROI you get on the field?

  36. fwippel says:
    Aug 16, 2011 2:13 PM
    It’s discouraging to see the Vikings near the bottom of that list. It wouldn’t be so bad if this team was set, but they’re in a rebuilding year, thanks to years of neglect by Brad Childress.
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    There’s a lot of blame to go around for Childress however this is not one of them. Childress had nothing to do with salaries of the players. This is something that was handled by Rob B and Spielman.

  37. Skins:
    “The Skins have the best cap guys in the league. For the last 15 years all anyone talks about is how the Skins are in “cap hell”, but strangely enough, this have never come to fruition.
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    muahhahahahahahahah- the skins ARE in cap hell…. and footballl hell in general.

    Your brain trust traded a #2 pick for our washed up qb.

    They paid Fat Albert to do NOTHING for more than a year.

    Having an owner who pays top $ for old vets past their prime does not make you the “best cap guys”. It just makes you……. last place in the div year in and year out.

  38. Joetronto is a closet Chiefs fan. He is always commenting about them.

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    I bet that is the name of Joe Carter, former Blue Jay great. He is a KC resident. Just a hunch.

  39. Well look at that – all the haters, take note – Dallas is 6.6 million under the cap. I still can’t believe that the Chiefs are that far under the cap, as well as the Bucs. Both had winning records last year. Great coaching and production out of their players.

  40. expatpatfan says:
    Aug 16, 2011 2:58 PM
    So you’re metric for cap success is purely based on the balance sheet and is in no way correlated to the ROI you get on the field?

    Not at all, but the cap management has never been a problem.

  41. For everyone who says that teams will be spending big bucks because they have to spend a certain amount of the cap, that doesn’t take affect until 2013.

  42. ejmat2 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 3:04 PM

    There’s a lot of blame to go around for Childress however this is not one of them. Childress had nothing to do with salaries of the players. This is something that was handled by Rob B and Spielman.

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    Yeah, Speilman can share some blame for low cap space, but I wouldn’t be concerned about the low cap number if the Vikings had better players. Childress had the final call on the roster.

    He could have cut Bryant McKinnie and replaced him with someone more motivated years ago, but McKinnie’s fat contract stayed put. The QB position is in complete shambles because Childress insisted that Tarvaris Jackson was the next franchise QB, even long after everyone else figured out this wasn’t going to be. Instead he held onto Jackson until he had to go crawling to Favre to save his job. It was Childress who didn’t fight to keep Matt Birk, and didn’t make sure the team had an adequate replacement once he signed with the Ravens.

  43. mikeinminny says:”Packer’s front office deserves a ton of credit. Out of curiosity though, does this mean that they have a lot of underpaid stars who will be renegotiating in the not so distant future?” Exactly, which is why they let some of those 7 vets go. Finley, for one.

  44. @chris6523 :: Minimum cap spending doesn’t go into effect until 2013 at the earliest, maybe 2014? I’m not sure of the exact date, but it is not this season. So cheap teams can remain cheap at least for one more year, perhaps two.

    @dawkphan :: Yup, you are 100% correct. Vick’s cap number is 16 million with the tagged designation. Restructuring Vick would drop that cap number a few million most likely.

  45. LOTS OF THE RAM MONEY IS DEAD MONEY THEY ARE PAYING PLAYERS THAT ARENT ON THE TEAM ANYMORE. THINK THE GOOD LORD THE OLD FRONT OFFICE PEOPLE ARE GONE. THEY COULDNT DRAFT, P/U FREE AGENTS OR DO A CONTRACT RIGHT. WE ARENT BACK YET, BUT WE ARE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!!

  46. stevo8drum says:
    Aug 16, 2011 3:18 PM
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    muahhahahahahahahah- the skins ARE in cap hell…. and footballl hell in general.

    Your brain trust traded a #2 pick for our washed up qb.

    They paid Fat Albert to do NOTHING for more than a year.

    Having an owner who pays top $ for old vets past their prime does not make you the “best cap guys”. It just makes you……. last place in the div year in and year out.

    Nice response, moron. Way to completely miss the point. At no time did I say the moves always worked out or that it translated into success on the field. Way to show yourself as a true Eagles fan.

    If they were in cap hell, they wouldn’t have been able to pay Albert to do nothing for a year, would they? And the cap guys had nothing to do with the McNabb trade, did they? Nor did it affect the cap negatively. You do know that cap specialists don’t actually make football decisions, right?

    And we were able to pay “top $”, as you say, for aging vets BECAUSE we have the best cap guys. Otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to afford big names all these years.

    I’m sure you’ve missed the boat while you’ve been NOT winning championships, but Vinny is gone and Snyder isn’t even in the building when football decisions are made. Sorry to say its a new day. No football hell here.

    Keep getting yourself psyched up about your “dream team”, its gonna make it all the sweeter for the rest of us when the Eagles fail once more.

    Sincerely,
    3 time Super Bowl Champions.

  47. kcfanatic says:
    Aug 16, 2011 3:19 PM
    Joetronto is a closet Chiefs fan. He is always commenting about them.

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    I bet that is the name of Joe Carter, former Blue Jay great. He is a KC resident. Just a hunch.

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    A travesty that Joe Carter isn’t in the HOF. The guy wins two World Series rings and had a great career, yet he gets no love from the voters.

    Meanwhile, Jim Rice sneaks in on his last try just because the Boston media makes some noise about him not being in.

    Joe C for HOF!!!!!!!

  48. @gi141:: While teams don’t have to hit the minimum this year (its 2013), the league collectively does. Has to be at 99% or they cut a check to D Smith and co.

  49. Unlike most knee-jerk reactors calling themselves Giants fans, I fully trust Reese. I love how people who claimed they trusted him up until this year are showing how worried they are about Philly rather than trusting Reese’s judgment, which has never failed us.

  50. blackqbwhiterb says:
    Aug 16, 2011 1:23 PM
    the Redskins are under the cap……….sounds like I’m lying, doesn’t it?
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    It just shows how ignorant fans and media are and how willing they are to follow propaganda. Finally, it amazes me how our team is always on folks’ minds. Just forget about us. See if a story can be posted unrelated to the Skins without anyone bringing up the SKINS. If we suck so much, why do you care? Let us fade from your memory.

  51. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says:
    Aug 16, 2011 2:18 PM
    Redskins are under the cap because they took advantage of the uncapped year last year to redo deals and give players money immediately as opposed to down the road. DeAngelo Hall and Albert Haynesworth received lump sum checks for the guaranteed portions of their contract last year. From what I’ve read, their cap number for last year would have been $170 million(cap this year is $125(ish?) million). Basically, Snyder has lots of money to burn so Shanahan and Allen circumvented the cap with their unethical, albeit technically legal maneuvers last year.
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    How does cleaning the slate become unethical? It’s disappointing how technically and legally dumb you are.

  52. Rams are getting slaughtered by the old rookie wage system. Jason Smith, 72 million. Jake Long, 48 million. Sam Bradford, 78 million. Yikes…

    As for the Chiefs… Remember, they locked up Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles and others midseason last year. With Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Flowers, and Brandon Carr all up after this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a bit of that 33 million eaten up by December. I know one thing for sure, they won’t be bogged down by crappy contracts when they’re ready to make a big move, and for that I’m happy.

    Besides, this isn’t a super bowl team, why throw contracts around just to say you did? Re-invest in your own guys instead.

  53. stevo8drum says:
    Aug 16, 2011 3:18 PM
    Skins:
    “The Skins have the best cap guys in the league. For the last 15 years all anyone talks about is how the Skins are in “cap hell”, but strangely enough, this have never come to fruition.
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    muahhahahahahahahah- the skins ARE in cap hell…. and footballl hell in general.

    Your brain trust traded a #2 pick for our washed up qb.

    They paid Fat Albert to do NOTHING for more than a year.

    Having an owner who pays top $ for old vets past their prime does not make you the “best cap guys”. It just makes you……. last place in the div year in and year out.
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    And Asomugha (30), Jenkins (30) and Babin (31) are not past their prime? This is all about perception. The Skins will win and change perception. They just haven’t found a consistent QB over the years. Most of those signings would have worked if a QB was in place.

  54. I’m sure you’ve missed the boat while you’ve been NOT winning championships, but Vinny is gone and Snyder isn’t even in the building when football decisions are made. Sorry to say its a new day. No football hell here.

    Keep getting yourself psyched up about your “dream team”, its gonna make it all the sweeter for the rest of us when the Eagles fail once more.

    Sincerely,
    3 time Super Bowl Champions.

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    Says the chump celebrating Championships that were won under different ownership, GMs and coaches.

    In your heart, though, you know how irrelevant you are. Vick’s gonna hang up another 56 point game on you this year, and you’ll be in hiding with the rest of the LOLskins fans.

  55. mikeinminny says:Aug 16, 2011 2:02 PM
    “Packer’s front office deserves a ton of credit. Out of curiosity though, does this mean that they have a lot of underpaid stars who will be renegotiating in the not so distant future? ”

    ^ Josh Sitton, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley are all in the last years of their rookie contracts.

    Then there’s Clay Matthew’s and BJ Raji’s contracts.

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