Eagles lead the way in regular-season cap space

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Back when the Eagles were knocking on the door but failing to kick it in, some around the league joked that, if the NFL gave out the Lombardi Trophy based on salary-cap management, the Eagles would win it every year.

They’d definitely win it this year.

With $21.4 million in space when all 53 players, the practice squad, and any players on reserve lists are included in a formula that previously focused only on the 51 highest-paid players, the Eagles have the most room to work with.

Yes, the Eagles.  After re-signing receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy and defensive end Trent Cole and offensive lineman Todd Herremans in 2012 and making plenty of big acquisitions in 2011, they have more cap space than any other team.

The teams with the least cap space are the 49ers with $880,000 and the Texans with $882,000.  (The Texans could have had $1 million more, but they inexplicably opted not to carry over their excess space from 2011.)

So how much does your favorite team have, if your favorite team isn’t the Eagles, 49ers, and Texans?  The full list is right here.

52 responses to “Eagles lead the way in regular-season cap space

  1. Funny, a majority of last year’s playoff teams are at the bottom of the salary cap list including the Giants and the Steelers (that’s where most of the last five Lombardi’s are). I guess it pays to max out your cap

  2. The Eagles organization are probably the best at managing money.They get all these stars on one team and lead in cap room.Say what you want but that is pretty impressive.

  3. What’s not mentioned is the salaries that will be ballooning next year.

    Vick +4M
    Jax +6M
    McCoy+2M
    Peters+6M
    Bell+6M
    Namdi +4M

    Of course, these can be restructured, or guys can be cut. As it stands, they are scheduled to pay $28M more for 6 guys next year.

  4. It must be killing john mara that the redskins and cowboys have more cap space. I guess its time to call rog and figure something out

  5. Eagles lead the league is salary cap space. Ah so funny, because they will never lead the league in
    anything else.
    Oh wait my bad, yes they will, in HYPE as well!

    Eagles window has closed.
    Giants window is closing.
    Redskins window was never opened.
    Cowboys door is wide open and looking great!

  6. “Say what you want but that is pretty impressive.”

    Last Championship – 1960. Say what you want, but that’s pathetic.

  7. How has the eagles window closed… They are one of the youngest teams in the nfl and have tons of young talent / production get your facts straight even if Vick is gone next year their window is just opening

  8. Perfect team for the Colts (with former Eagles personnel man Griegson in charge) to trade Dwight Freeney and his 19 million dollars contract if his transition to 3-4 LB doesn’t work. If Eagles in the hunt for a playoff spot, they need some DE presence, why not?

  9. twblackb says:
    Perfect team for the Colts (with former Eagles personnel man Griegson in charge) to trade Dwight Freeney and his 19 million dollars contract if his transition to 3-4 LB doesn’t work. If Eagles in the hunt for a playoff spot, they need some DE presence, why not?

    Have you seen the Eagles D-line? DE presence is one thing they do have…in spades

  10. I love the “Mara stole from us” skins and cowboys comments. Mara was just the chairman of the committee. Read a book. He didn’t make the decision and enforce it on his own. Anything to make your excuses for being mediocre….

  11. How is this a good thing? The objective of every team should be to even out its salary cap usage so they are somewhere close to the cap every year.
    Too far less means the team isnt spending.

  12. I have the same question, how is that even possible with all the FA signings plus the Vick deal, Jackson deal + I assume they have to pay the guys they traded for.
    While I want to say it doesn’t sound Kosher all I’ll say is, “HOW?”

  13. All the haters come out. I love it. Go Philly!!! The article is simply telling you how much money your tram has, don’t be mad bc your GM wastes money.

  14. Chill; I’m not a hater – I just don’t understand how it can be that way. I think it was similar last year and I’m trying to make sense of it-

  15. maybe its because they are the second youngest team in the NFL, therefore they have more players on entry-level contracts. This also means that not only is their window NOT closing, it is propped WIDE open for YEARS to come!!!

  16. The amazing thing is the Eagles have the 2nd highest payroll in 2012 which the article failed to mention. So they are NOT CHEAP.

  17. it’s because joe banner and howie roseman are one of the best when it comes to money. both of them don’t know a whole lot about football they just know how to manage money. Just because an eagle signs a 5 yr 50 million dollar contract doesnt mean they are gonna see all of that money. they just know how to balance it out correctly and cut a veteran with a big contract when they are in a decline (asante samuel)

    The browns are lucky to get joe banner. He is not a players guy by any means. Most players hate him. But he knows how to get good players for cheap and save money.

  18. I wouldn’t want to be where the Eagles are at with cap space, maybe a little more toward the middle of the pack. If you get hit with the IR bug within the first couple of weeks, It would be nice to have some extra room to play with, that way your not limited to who you can afford to replace your players with. You don’t want to be where the Eagles are though, too much means you are not extending all that you could be. So next season when you are in a jam because you have two players you want to extend, but only enough cap space for one, you’ll remember all the money you left last year that you could have used up.

  19. @bleedgreen11 says:
    Sep 8, 2012 6:19 PM
    must be really sad to be a Redskins fan. This is what you look forward to, claiming absurdities on every NFC blog post here.

    Trust me pal the absurdities are from eagles fan claming every offseason that they are the superbowl champs…..and we all know how absurd that is.

    Win one first, try that.

  20. This needs to be looked at ASAP no way in hell the beagles have 21.1 million cap space
    Goddell look into it before it gets our of hand.!!!!!!!!!!

  21. The Skins would’ve had the most cap space in the league (that’s IF, and that’s a VERY BIG IF) if it weren’t for Badell and Mara. Bunch of haters those guys are!

  22. lilrob10201 says: Sep 8, 2012 2:56 PM

    “The Eagles organization are probably the best at managing money.They get all these stars on one team and lead in cap room.Say what you want but that is pretty impressive.”

    Yeah, but 8-8.

  23. The Eagles organization are probably the best at managing money.They get all these stars on one team and lead in cap room.Say what you want but that is pretty impressive.

    ———————-

    i agree, thats is, if they actually won anything by doing this.

  24. arlingtonassasin says: Sep 8, 2012 5:20 PM

    “I love the “Mara stole from us” skins and cowboys comments. Mara was just the chairman of the committee. Read a book.”

    As Chairman of the committee, he decides the agenda. He should have decided that there were no rules broken and acted accordingly. Instead he implicated the entire league in collusion. You can’t violate the spirit of a salary cap that does not exist except in a back-room hush-hush wink-wink agreement. John “Fortunate Grandson” Mara may have put the NFL’s anti-trust exemption at risk. It was hilarious that the Cowboys went into his stadium and pushed his team up and down the field. Welcome to 0-1.

  25. Howie Roseman baby!! Best at managing money!! The eagles are such a threat that’s why they continue to dominate the media season after season. Cowboys went 8-8 last year and no one was surprised. Eagles go 8-8 and it was the biggest shock for the 2011 season. Keep commenting eagles haters keep it coming…

  26. And it is possible to sign the biggest names in football and still have that cap space. Players are dying to be apart of our organization we have one of the best and most respective head coaches and some of the most explosive players in the league. It’s a pretty easy choice to make

  27. 4 straight Division Championships, 11 total Division Championships, 3 Conference Championships, and 3 NFL Championships but yeah, you guys are right, we NEVER win anything. We only had the second highest winning percentage in the NFL from 2000-2010, an entire decade of success, but yeah, you guys are right, we NEVER win anything.

    I love how everyone thinks a washed-up backup quarterback has the pulse of the team and its fans on his first day in town, BEFORE HE EVEN WENT IN THE LOCKERROOM!! Proves the idiocy of you people. Keep hatin’ haters!

    Birds win by 30 tomorrow!!

  28. Oh yeah, I forgot to add this: only 1 losing season in the last 13 years, but yeah, you guys are right, we NEVER win anything and we suck every year.

  29. Cap space rolls over year to year so this will give them 20.5 million more on top of their cap next year. This will help pay for increasing salaries for Vick, Lesean, and Jackson as well as resign guys like DRC and Maclin. Bell will be gone and if Peters comes back 100% next season I expect them to extend his contract a few years to avoid a $1o million cap hit in 2013. For all Eagles cap info and to see how the Eagles genius front office does this every year, you can find it on Eaglescap.com

  30. Must be because guys are desperate to be apart of the organization, they are willing to take less money. Nnamdi was offered more by Dallas last year remember, but he still chose Philly.

  31. As a 49er fan that lives by philly…this pretty comical. The eagles got a hell of a deal by trading kolb to the cards. Oh he’s the backup to skelator now? Lol not sure if that deal effected the cap space but I just like laughing at the cardinals.

  32. Does this mean Jeffery Lurie can now get the upgraded verison of Angry Birds with that money. The app he wasted 10 minues at his press conferance talking about.

  33. With the new carryover rule it no longer makes sense to look at the salary cap in a one year vacuum. You need to start looking ahead. The Eagles are 17MM over the estimated 2013 cap.

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