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Jags, Ravens at either end of broad salary-cap spectrum

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The Jaguars have plenty of money to spend, but no players on which to spend it.  The Ravens have the opposite problem.

Per a source with knowledge of the salary-cap numbers available to each team as of Friday, June 22, the Jaguars lead the way with $25.1 million.  In contract, the Ravens have only $606,000.

The full list is available right here.

While new Jags owner Shahid Khan has said he’s committed to spending whatever it takes to become competitive, there’s no point wasting it.  That said, Khan wouldn’t be wasting it by spending some of it on financially-disgruntled running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Ravens would like to convert running back Ray Rice’s one-year franchise tender to an acceptable long-term contract, and quarterback Joe Flacco is entering the final season of his rookie deal.  It’s hard to maneuver as to either without some cap space.  That said, the Ravens could easily clear cap room, if they really want to.  Rice’s cap number of $7.7 million would likely go down if he signs a multi-year deal, and cap space can be conjured to sign Flacco by extending/reworking other contracts.

In all, 12 teams have more than $10 million left in cap space.  Only the Ravens have less than $1 million.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the Eagles have more than $18 million available, even after giving big-money contracts to players like receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy.

For now, the cap space is determined by the top 51 contracts on the roster.  Once the season begins, each team must fill all 53 players on the active roster and any players on any reserve lists under the spending ceiling.

Under the new CBA, teams automatically may carry over any remaining cap space to the next league year. Only the Texans (who have $4.05 million in cap room) and the Chargers (who have $2.86 million) opted to import none of their leftover space from 2011.

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39 Responses to “Jags, Ravens at either end of broad salary-cap spectrum”
  1. maddenisfordorks says: Jun 22, 2012 8:46 PM

    Funny …the Jags wrecked the Ravens last year.

  2. deathtoromo says: Jun 22, 2012 8:51 PM

    Where’s the Wizard of Oz comments now? Sounds like your radio host, Vinnie.

  3. lennydpocketqb says: Jun 22, 2012 8:51 PM

    Shahid is going to redefine penny pinching in the NFL.

  4. donny1rodriguez says: Jun 22, 2012 8:55 PM

    maddenisfordorks says: Jun 22, 2012 8:46 PM

    Funny …the Jags wrecked the Ravens last year.

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    Jags didn’t “wreck” anything last year.

  5. cambam36 says: Jun 22, 2012 8:56 PM

    How the heck do the Eagles do that?! I mean, granted, it hasn’t translated into SuperBowl wins, but mind boggling nevertheless.

  6. randallflagg52 says: Jun 22, 2012 9:08 PM

    Yes the Ravens are tight on cap money, but as stated a deal with Rice would help a lot. Plus they are biting the bullett now as opposed to other teams who are going to be in a heap of trouble in a few years due to all those reworked contracts.

  7. adamjt13 says: Jun 22, 2012 9:11 PM

    It’s not accurate to say “the cap space is determined by the top 51 contracts on the roster.”

    For contracts outside the top 51, everything but the player’s base salary also counts against the cap right now (signing bonus prorations, roster bonuses, workout bonuses, etc.). All dead money also counts against the cap.

    The only money that does NOT count against the cap in the offseason is all of the base salaries of any players outside the top 51 (although under certain circumstances, part of the player’s base salary might also count against the cap).

  8. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jun 22, 2012 9:25 PM

    All you Raven fans who are ripping the Steelers and Colbert should read this list very carefully and eat some crow. Pun intended!

  9. smartanis says: Jun 22, 2012 9:30 PM

    While I’m fully in favor of seeing the Jags spend more, I’m equally in favor of not giving a huge extension to a 27-year-old running back who looks closer to the end than the beginning. Look at his game tape last year–he’s slowed down and is becoming more of a pounder who can break one than a breakaway artist who can pound between the tackles.

  10. kiltherl says: Jun 22, 2012 9:48 PM

    Come on Jags spend some money on MJD…yall know we need em

  11. wvucolumbus says: Jun 22, 2012 10:05 PM

    Kevin Colbert is an absolute GENIUS!!! I have always said that Ozzie Newsome is an overrated executive. At the conclusion of the season, the team that can’t even get to a Super Bowl and its fans chirped about the Steelers and its cap issues. Since that time, its QB has stated he’s the best QB in the game, they’ve lost easily their best player for the season and they have cap problems.

    Meanwhile, the Steelers will silently enter the playoffs, likely get to the AFC Championship game and possibly win some more hardware…..just like always!!!!

  12. southpaw2k says: Jun 22, 2012 10:28 PM

    The Ravens may be strapped for cash for 2012, but they’re hardly in any kind of cap hell. They’re somewhere around $16 million under the cap for 2013, so they’ll have money to play with for next off-season. If Rice has to play with the franchise tag for this coming season, the Ravens will be able to sign him and Flacco to long term deals at that time.

  13. ravenator says: Jun 22, 2012 10:35 PM

    Why rather be just under the cap than cash poor for the next five years…silly Steeler fans

  14. bshuclassof2012 says: Jun 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    ravenseattheirownpoop says:
    Jun 22, 2012 9:25 PM
    All you Raven fans who are ripping the Steelers and Colbert should read this list very carefully and eat some crow. Pun intended!
    ____________________________________

    Most jokes miss when they have to be pointed out. The Ravens still Roethlisberger’d the Stealers last season. Twice.

  15. randallflagg52 says: Jun 22, 2012 11:24 PM

    ravenseattheirownpoop says:Jun 22, 2012 9:25 PM

    All you Raven fans who are ripping the Steelers and Colbert should read this list very carefully and eat some crow. Pun intended!

    ==================================

    Weren’t you guys like 25 mil over the cap? You “fixed” that by reworking all the big contracts, so in 2 years time your team is going to be even worse off. Good luck with that.

    Ozzie > Colbert

  16. secretbonus1 says: Jun 22, 2012 11:28 PM

    Eagles have one of the best cap guys in the business… They always seem to have more cap room than anyone expects…. The loophole allowing them to defer some of the cap room via “likely to be earned incentives” (that arent really) has something to do with it…
    Vikings used to do so, but that was because before the Wilfs came along, their owner was cheap (red McCombs) and they had to in order to be competitive with less money and position themselves to spend when needed.
    Ironically they would be better off going back to that practice a bit more… Because they aren’t going to win it all now! They still are somewhat smart and frontloaded Winfield’s contract awhile back among others, so they are in much better position than they would be.

  17. kahnsbushymustache says: Jun 22, 2012 11:32 PM

    donny1rodriguez says:Jun 22, 2012 8:55 PM

    maddenisfordorks says: Jun 22, 2012 8:46 PM

    Funny …the Jags wrecked the Ravens last year.

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    Jags didn’t “wreck” anything last year.

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    you were probably alseep when the Jags defense held the Ravens to 6 points on MNF…

  18. raqaiw says: Jun 23, 2012 3:16 AM

    kahnsbushymustache says: Jun 22, 2012 11:32 PM

    donny1rodriguez says:Jun 22, 2012 8:55 PM

    maddenisfordorks says: Jun 22, 2012 8:46 PM

    Funny …the Jags wrecked the Ravens last year.

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    Jags didn’t “wreck” anything last year.

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    you were probably alseep when the Jags defense held the Ravens to 6 points on MNF…
    ___________________________________
    The Jags have beaten the Ravens twice in the last decade-congrats. The only reason that game wasn’t blacked out is BECAUSE it was MNF.

    2011 – Jags win 12-7(a “wrecking” as donny1rodriguez put it
    2008 – Jags lose 27-7
    2005 – Jags win 30-3(an actual wrecking)
    2003 – Jags lose 24-17
    2002 – Jags lose 17-10
    2001 – Jags lose 18-17 and 24-21
    2000 – Jags lose 15-10 and 39 – 36

  19. vincentbojackson says: Jun 23, 2012 3:29 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    The Ravens may be strapped for cash for 2012, but they’re hardly in any kind of cap hell. They’re somewhere around $16 million under the cap for 2013, so they’ll have money to play with for next off-season.

    ———————-

    Three things:

    1) NFL owners have said repeatedly that nobody knows what next years cap number will be. Yet somehow you’ve figured it out.

    2) New contracts for Flacco, Rice (and possibly an extension for Reed to keep him from retiring) will eat up tens of millions.

    3) If they had the kind of cap space you speculate they’ll have next year they’d have deals done for Rice and Flacco already.

  20. stuartscottslefteye says: Jun 23, 2012 6:57 AM

    Kudos to the owners willing to forgo profit to try to put the best team on the field. Every team should be trying to squeeze every penny out of cap space. I know expensive payrolls don’t guarantee wins – but what it does show is effort and a drive to win. I find it atrocious that with the money these teams make the new CBA has to implement a minimum payroll clause because of teams having such low payrolls (ehem…Mr. Brown).

    Oh, and I don’t want to hear about how a team struggles to fill seats, or generate revenue. If you need a constantly expanding tarp to cover your seats to avoid blackouts then perhaps a new locale and a few moving trucks are in order.

  21. stuartscottslefteye says: Jun 23, 2012 7:00 AM

    To the Jags fans gloating over beating the Ravens – remember, a blind squirrel finds a nut every once-in-awhile. Enjoy and revel in it while you can as if you won the big one – as I have a feeling that was, and will be, your only “Superbowl” win for a very, very long time.

  22. dan073eb says: Jun 23, 2012 8:20 AM

    Jags did BEAT the ravens, I wouldn’t call it “wrecking” though. Maybe if there was some offense to go along with that absolute shutdown defense in that game then we could say they wrecked them.

    The only team my jags did wreck last year was the bucs, and seriously I don’t know how that happened, lol. Then again I kinda do, they kinda wrecked themselves in that game if I recall…

  23. zoidenflak says: Jun 23, 2012 8:50 AM

    Ozzie = 1 super bowl win [long time ago]
    Colbert = 2 super bowl wins, 3 super bowl appearances [much more recently]

    THEREFORE…

    Colbert>Oz

  24. zoidenflak says: Jun 23, 2012 8:58 AM

    randallflagg52 says:Jun 22, 2012 11:24 PM

    Weren’t you guys like 25 mil over the cap? You “fixed” that by reworking all the big contracts, so in 2 years time your team is going to be even worse off. Good luck with that.
    ———————————————————-
    And just where do you think the Ravens are going to get the $ to pay Rice and Flacco?

  25. qj1984 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:37 AM

    @zoidenflak

    You seem to forget those numbers are for THIS season not next. Those numbers already include Rice and Flacco. Any deal the Ravens do with Rice would likely lower his cap number for this year. Flacco is still under contract so, they don’t even have to touch his cap number for this year if they do a true extension. Next year they look to be in great shape. Assuming they get Rice and Flacco done, the only major player hitting unrestricted free agency will be Reed.

    Now take a look at the Steelers for next year. Where 90 + million dollars of their cap space will be taken up by just 10 or 11 guys.

    If the Ravens needed to make a splash now they couldnt but they’ve got plenty of flexibility going into the future. The Steelers do not.

  26. zoidenflak says: Jun 23, 2012 9:53 AM

    qj1984 says:
    Any deal the Ravens do with Rice would likely lower his cap number for this year.
    ————————————————–
    Yes, by pushing all the money into future years…just like the Steelers did.
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    Hines, smith, Farrior, etc. were cut! They owe them minimally.
    ————————————————-
    So, maybe the Ravens are in a little bit better shape. Whooopeeee! Let’s dump the gatorade!

  27. valentino8100 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:56 AM

    If I own the jags, it doesn’t make any spend up to the cap limit. Winning is not a guarantee to fill those seats as we’ve seen. Here in the Jags backyard, 9.5 out if the 10 people who care anything about football hardly know the NFL exists. This makes the organizations failure to obtain Timothy Richard a real head scratcher.

  28. ravenator says: Jun 23, 2012 10:13 AM

    Steelers have no idea how to manage their payroll, haha!

  29. melmilliones says: Jun 23, 2012 10:35 AM

    Eagles are full of probowlers every where. And they have 15 million available. Wtf. How is that possible

  30. insanelomein2 says: Jun 23, 2012 11:00 AM

    @melmilliones,

    Joe Banner and Howie Roseman have been dumping contracts for years now.

    Asante Samuel – traded to Atlanta
    Cullen Jenkins – restructured contract to lower rate
    Trent Cole – draft pick signed before his rookie contract expired
    Michael Vick – 5yrs $100 mil only $20mil guaranteed (can be cut after this season)

  31. insanelomein2 says: Jun 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    …sorry $40 mil guaranteed for Vick

  32. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jun 23, 2012 5:22 PM

    stuartscottsslefteye says:
    Jun 23, 2012 6:57 AM

    Oh, and I don’t want to hear about how a team struggles to fill seats, or generate revenue. If you need a constantly expanding tarp to cover your seats to avoid blackouts then perhaps a new locale and a few moving trucks are in order.
    ——————————-

    I love the intelligence and ignorance level of you sad individuals so I’ll play your little game. Give me some facts on how the tarps cover seats to avoid blackouts. Can’t wait for this answer. I’ll be waiting.

  33. fsf7 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    ravenator says: Jun 22, 2012 10:35 PM

    Why rather be just under the cap than cash poor for the next five years…silly Steeler fans

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    What do you know about the Steelers cap situation for real?

    The Steelers have consistently restructured contracts – pushing off money to the next year to compete that year.

    That works up until the player can no longer be kept – and that’s exactly what happened with Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Chris Kemoeatu.

    The Steelers Salary Cap situation is a lot better than the Ravens – they already have signed most of their key talent, the Ravens are up against the cap and have yet to get their QB and RB under contract. Your cap problems are just beginning, which is why you lost Grubbs and Johnson.

  34. raqaiw says: Jun 23, 2012 9:38 PM

    The Jags tarps aren’t to avoid blackouts,they’re to avoid “black-eyes”,as in the black eye the league gets that comes from only being able to fill the stadium for college games and not the NFL team that calls it home. And to think,they awarded Jacksonville the expansion team and told Baltimore to build museums. Probably got that one reversed.

  35. qj1984 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:55 PM

    @zoidenflak

    A little better shape is an understatement. Pitts top 11 salaries next year.

    YEAR… 2012 2013 2014
    Ben Roeth 8.90 19.60 20.10
    Harrison 9.03 10.69 11.69
    Woodley 4.94 13.24 12.24
    Ike Taylor 4.28 9.45 10.45
    L Timmons 3.99 8.66 10.04
    Polamalu 6.25 7.50 8.25
    H. Miller 7.07 7.96 6.02
    W. Colon 2.85 7.70 7.70
    B. Keisel 4.50 4.50 FA
    Ryan Clark 4.25 4.75 FA
    Mar Pouncey 2.99 3.30 3.55

    That’s 97 million dollars for 11 players and it doesn’t even include whatever dead money is left over from Ward, Farrior, etc if there is any. The 8 million or so dollar tag number that is coming for Mike Wallace. Nor does it include the RFA tenders to guys like Brown and Sanders, or any of the other 42 players on the Steelers roster. Simply put the Steelers will be back over the cap again next year.

  36. bunkmcnulty says: Jun 23, 2012 11:03 PM

    As a good Ravens fan I am mildly concerned about the lack of cap space. But they know what they are doing. New contracts for Rice and Flacco ease this situation in the next month or so.

    The Steelers go at it a different way. Right or wrong, they’ll be ok too.

    But my most important observation, what the hell do you all do for fun, if you follow cap space as close as you do? OMG, Ozzie or Colbert should hire some of you.

    Dudes, you need to relax a little and get out and enjoy a nice summer day!

  37. mlbbal52 says: Jun 24, 2012 7:42 PM

    Lol Steeler fans are trying to compare their financial issues to the Ravens cap space. Yall are dumb you have a lot of money locked up in aging slow players and the Ravens have money spent on young studs who will be keeping the team strong for years. Ravens only aging players on D is Reed and Lewis but they are getting guys ready for when they are done…they can resign Rice and clear some space at the end of the year and resign Flacco…they will be just fine. McClain resigned Webb Resigned, O line is good, two young weapon tight ends, strong receiving core, Jimmy Smith continuing to Develop, still got Ngata, still got Suggs when he comes back, and drafted some studs like Courtney Upshaw and D Tyson…and that scratching the surface I mean we saw glimpses of what Kruger and Cody can do last year etc. Cary Willams and Pollard played well too…Ravens will be just fine they are deep…but Misery loves company I guess especially when you are rivals.

  38. randallflagg52 says: Jun 25, 2012 2:39 AM

    Really doubt the Steelers cap situation will be OK when it comes to resigning any of their midget speedster WR’s, Pouncey, and Woodley (can’t remember if he is locked up long term, don’t really care either).

    Regardless they have 2 aging safeties, no respectable corners, James Harrison is 34 years old, no legit nose tackle (key to a 3-4 defense), Ziggy Hood is a bust, no size in their recieving corp, an unproven OL and nothing respectable at TE or RB. Oh and the impending Roethlisberger/Haley implosion.

    Glad I’m not a Steeler fan!

  39. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 25, 2012 4:13 PM

    the eagles DID have the penny pinching wizard, but they gave him the boot.
    He put a negative spin on the Eagles business practices though. They had to boot him to become a more attractive destination for players.

    who did Banner ever pay that was over 30??
    he even said he wouldnt have given DeSean that contract (rightly so) & then they went and signed Otagwe ,, doubt that would have happened with Joe running the show.

    Howie “stealy eyed” Roseman is now giving lucrative contracts to players that earn it. LeSean should be a top 5 back for the better part of this decade.

    The eagles are still way under the cap because almost everyone on the roster was drafted. Most of which are still in their rookie deals.
    they have some serious subpar talent that they throw on the field to start hoping that Andy will coach them up.

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