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Plenty of teams have plenty of cap room

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Free agency opened 15 days ago.  This year, the initial surge of cash was more limited than ever, more than a few guys settled for one-year deals, and plenty of other players are still waiting to get paid.

For some, the issue is cap space.  For many, it can’t be.  As of Tuesday, March 26, 13 teams still had more than $10 million in spending room for 2013, and five still had more than $20 million, per a source with knowledge of the NFLPA’s calculation of remaining cap room.

Leading the way are the Bengals, who despite numerous re-signings still have $28.9 million to spend.  The Browns come in a close second, with $28.7 million.

The Bucs get the bronze for saving their gold, with $26.8 million.  Also, the Jaguars have $26.6 million, and the Eagles have $26.3 million.

Others with eight figures include the Packers with $18.3 million, the Bills with $16.8 million, the Dolphins with $15.7 million, the Cardinals with $14.0 million, the supposedly spending-to-the-cap Patriots with $13.4 million, the supposedly cap-strapped Jets with $13.0 million, the Colts with $11.7 million, and the Titans with $10.7 million.

This year, teams are required to spend 89 percent of the unadjusted cap.  But that number is determined at least for now on a four-year rolling average, which essentially allows teams to pocket 44 percent of a single year’s spending limit from 2013 through 2016.  Based on the current cap numbers, some teams are well on their way to that number.

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81 Responses to “Plenty of teams have plenty of cap room”
  1. theseaward says: Mar 27, 2013 1:32 PM

    Just give us the entire list please.

  2. largent80 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:33 PM

    The Bengals always throw nickels around like manhole covers.

  3. whatnojets says: Mar 27, 2013 1:33 PM

    Those sneaky little New Yok Jets! Claiming that they can’t afford Rex’s donuts are sitting on a 13 million cushion!!

  4. adk1j2 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:35 PM

    Bucs really have 34 mil after they release Wright. If they don’t release him, we would still restructure / redo his contract and be around 30 mil under. Revis will knock us down to around 20 mil under though.

  5. dolphins1121 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:37 PM

    *GASP*

    You mean despite grossly overspending for “overrated” free agents, the Dolphins still have more cap space than most of the league? You mean their GM actually knows what he is doing? You mean they have plenty of money to sign all ELEVEN of their draft picks if they wanted?

    No way………

  6. bigboysmash says: Mar 27, 2013 1:37 PM

    The bungals. Always cheap. But does the cap not used this tear carry over to bext years cap space?

  7. crj202 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:38 PM

    Not using the cap space is a slap in the face of the Skins and Cowgirls…Tragedy

  8. ccjcsr says: Mar 27, 2013 1:38 PM

    Most of the teams who are holding on to their money aren’t playoff teams anyways!

  9. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:41 PM

    LOL the Bengals ALWAYS have the most cap room. They are just too afraid to try and compete. I would hate to be a fan of that organization.

  10. yougotgirouxed says: Mar 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    Gotta give the Eagles credit for managing their money well. They may make mistakes with personnel decisions, (although it looks different under Chip) but they always find a way to sign new players or retain old one while staying well under the cap.

    Hence why the Eagles can prime themselves for a relatively quick turnaround and the Raiders have been the Raiders for over 10 years.

  11. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 27, 2013 1:45 PM

    The National Fixed League needs to apologise to Redskins fans everywhere for the total injust agenda they have towards Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins franchise.

  12. macwomack says: Mar 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    An idea for the league – I can’t see why the union wouldn’t want this…..

    Considering the teams like the Cardinals that are not interested in competing and leave cap on the table – why not allow teams to purchase, trade, exchange cap space.

    For example allow the Redskins to trade a 3rd rounder to the Cardinals for either some negotioted cap amount or some pre arranged value like 3 mil.

  13. tg2121 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    i missed the memo that the season started tommorow?

  14. dablackmoose says: Mar 27, 2013 1:49 PM

    I hope you all realize..The Bengals have to resign Akins, Gresham, Green and Dalton..They cant just spend mass money on free agents then have to gut their team to afford them.

  15. jm91rs says: Mar 27, 2013 1:51 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:41 PM

    LOL the Bengals ALWAYS have the most cap room. They are just too afraid to try and compete. I would hate to be a fan of that organization

    ____________________________________

    While it would be nice to have my team wearing rings, I’m going to look to this year and last year rather than live on what happened years ago (and decades ago in the case of most of your teams rings).
    This year the Bengals field a competitive team that went to the playoffs 2 years in a row. In his roughly 20 years running the team, Mike Brown has his most talented team and the division is as weak as it’s ever been. Spending money just to spend it doesn’t make sense this year. Otherwise they’d be like your team, cutting veteran players that still produce just because you’re up against the cap.

  16. cincyfan0890 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:54 PM

    Yes we’re so afraid to compete that we beat the steelers in a must win game to clinch a playoff berth. But we do need to sign our priority people, ASAP.

  17. hiltnerm8 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:58 PM

    The Bengals have enough money to keep the Ravens and Steelers from from rebuilding there teams but they don’t spend a dime. They couldn’t use an extra pass rusher like Dumervil for a million more than what the Ravens paid him?!? I understand Drafting and resigning there own players but they are a free agent or 2 away from being near the top of the AFC. It’s not like have to overpay players like the Dolphins and Browns do. Do they want to win the division or a playoff game for that matter?

  18. milkcan44 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:58 PM

    Two contradictory pieces of information here.
    Most teams with large cap space are AFC teams, but the NFC is the stronger conference.
    Conversely, most free agents are overpriced relative to how they end up performing,
    Something doesn’t add up.

  19. jets13 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:00 PM

    As I’ve been saying for 2 months now, and getting thumbs down for them….and probably will continue, the idea that the jets were in “cap hell” was a media driven thing to drive a story bashing the jets (who yes, do deserve their share of bashing…..but there is enough true stuff that you dont gotta make things up)……..one quick look at their roster and you could see any half way decent GM could get this team way under the cap quick.

    And as I posted last week, Idzik put the jets in position to be able to resign revis.

  20. drinkwithnamath says: Mar 27, 2013 2:00 PM

    The Bengals must be saving in order to post bail money during the upcoming season,

  21. tigertaz27 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:03 PM

    I love it! Pittsburgh fan getting owned by Bengals fans! LOL benroethlisberger7! What frickin’ loser!

  22. gsuwolfman13 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:06 PM

    I’m hoping my Bucs are saving up for Darrelle Revis, other wise I would like to see us spend a little more money on some other free agents that are still out there. Either way though, I trust our front office and know we will make the right moves and decisions.

  23. dcapettini says: Mar 27, 2013 2:06 PM

    Logicalvoice;

    If you think the league is “fixed” why do you watch? And, more importantly, why do you post constantly. Shouldn’t you be watching Sumo or something? Why would anybody have to apologize to the (deleted)skins? They made their bed and now they have to lie in it.

  24. whatnojets says: Mar 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    jets13 says:
    Mar 27, 2013 2:00 PM

    After Tannenbaum got fired, he went of the Michael Kay Show and stated that there is a plan already made to address the cap issue and said that any new GM would surely look it over and probably use it

  25. iced107 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    dolphins1121 says:
    Mar 27, 2013 1:37 PM
    *GASP*

    You mean despite grossly overspending for “overrated” free agents, the Dolphins still have more cap space than most of the league? You mean their GM actually knows what he is doing? You mean they have plenty of money to sign all ELEVEN of their draft picks if they wanted?

    No way………

    ———————————————————

    dolphins will be restructuring their contracts or cutting some of those new players in 3 years…

  26. theboondoggles says: Mar 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    I know we are supposed to decry teams for being so far under the cap, but I’m incredibly jealous of the Bengals and Bucs ability to field above average squads while maintaining the fiscal flexibility to go after playmakers and gamechangers at the drop of a hat.

    People repeatedly hate on the Bengals and their front office for past mistakes, but look at their recents drafts and personnel moves. This is a organization that could go very far with a few more pieces and some luck.

    - A Jealous Lions Fan

  27. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:08 PM

    Two weeks ago we had oodles of cap space and ten picks in the draft. We’ve still got the picks (thanks to the largesse of the NFL), but now we’re trying to figure out how to pay players next year, without going the DC/Dallas route. Sometimes I wonder if the real sport in football is football, or accounting?

  28. adk1j2 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:09 PM

    As I’ve been saying for 2 months now, and getting thumbs down for them….and probably will continue, the idea that the jets were in “cap hell” was a media driven thing to drive a story bashing the jets (who yes, do deserve their share of bashing…..but there is enough true stuff that you dont gotta make things up)……..one quick look at their roster and you could see any half way decent GM could get this team way under the cap quick.

    And as I posted last week, Idzik put the jets in position to be able to resign revis.

    ————————————————–

    And this thinking is why your team sucks… Instead of filling the bagillion wholes your team has right now, you would sink every last dollar you have on one player and still be the worst team in the league. How would you even sign your draft picks? Idiot fans and organization. Trade him to Tampa. #GoBucs

  29. returntoexcellence says: Mar 27, 2013 2:09 PM

    Great picture… I see what you did there

  30. theboondoggles says: Mar 27, 2013 2:12 PM

    Hiltnerm,

    Dunlap and Johnson were two guys that some people predicted to go #1 overall in their respective drafts. Due to character concerns, the Bengals got them in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Both guys have kept their noses clean and are on their way to being a top DE tandem. In my opinion, Dumervil wasn’t a necessary signing.

  31. uptjeff says: Mar 27, 2013 2:13 PM

    Nice title to the article. I love the world “plenty” as well.

  32. theboondoggles says: Mar 27, 2013 2:13 PM

    Seaeagle707,

    Excellent post.

  33. Vegas Guy says: Mar 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    Cincinnati Bengals!! We’re #1! We’re #1!!!

  34. firestarter0728 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    The National Fixed League needs to apologise to Redskins fans everywhere for the total injust agenda they have towards Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins franchise.

    ————————-

    RGIII is, and always will be, a mediocre quarterback.

    Deep down you know this to be true.

  35. woodstakes says: Mar 27, 2013 2:21 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 27, 2013 1:45 PM
    The National Fixed League needs to apologise to Redskins fans everywhere for the total injust agenda they have towards Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins franchise.
    ———————————-
    What does ‘injust’ mean?

  36. 100tippsax says: Mar 27, 2013 2:23 PM

    I love how u guys take shots at the pats cuz u know pats fans are the most passionate and the pats are the most hated team so youll get the most reads and comments by mentioning the best team in the nfl the new England patriots

  37. jets13 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:26 PM

    And this thinking is why your team sucks… Instead of filling the bagillion wholes your team has right now, you would sink every last dollar you have on one player and still be the worst team in the league. How would you even sign your draft picks? Idiot fans and organization. Trade him to Tampa. #GoBucs

    ———————

    I forgot all that success tampa bay has had with their current team. (sarcasm)

    Your bucs finished 1 game better than the jets last year and the jets lost their best offensive and defensive player for the year in september.

    Who is the “idiot” now?

  38. indywilson40 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:27 PM

    LogicalVoice is a troll.

  39. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 27, 2013 2:29 PM

    Hey “drinkwithnamath”, 2006 called. It wants it’s joke back. The Bengals haven’t even been close to leading the league in arrests in 6 years.

  40. dvdman123 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:29 PM

    You probably can take the Packers off that list after this season when they have to resign Rodgers. Anyway for the most part most of those teams are not going to win a Super Bowl this upcoming season including the Pats and Packers. IMO

  41. judsonjr says: Mar 27, 2013 2:30 PM

    Picking out cap space at a single point in time isn’t very indicative of anything.

    A team may have $25M free now, but next year they may have a $10M bump in salary, plus a need to resign some of their own free agents that are coming off cheap rookie contracts.

    An example was the Eagles. The past couple years everyone was crying “not fair” when they were signing a bunch of FA’s. However, by the end of last year they were poised to be over the cap, and thus had to cut or restructure a bunch of guys.

    The other thing is that Free Agents just don’t have much value. If you back the money truck up and you get the next Deion Sanders or Reggie White, you got good value. However, for everyone one of those guys there are 20 guys that are just OK and probably 10 more that are busts. Making the big FA signing is basically playing the lottery, while building through the draft is the sound investment over the long haul.

  42. squared80 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:32 PM

    Packers are gonna need it when they make ARod the highest paid player in NFL history. Should be $25 million/year.

  43. mchatrie says: Mar 27, 2013 2:34 PM

    dolphins1121 says:
    Mar 27, 2013 1:37 PM
    *GASP*

    You mean despite grossly overspending for “overrated” free agents, the Dolphins still have more cap space than most of the league? You mean their GM actually knows what he is doing? You mean they have plenty of money to sign all ELEVEN of their draft picks if they wanted?

    No way………

    ————————————————————

    They purposely kept their 2013 cap numbers low. They will be paying the price in a couple of years when their players cap numbers sky rocket.

  44. rkt4mayor says: Mar 27, 2013 2:36 PM

    The Eagles should bring Osi on board. The guy is a gamer and can get to the QB.

    He may not fit a 3-4 defense but neither does Trent Cole or Barandon Graham.

    Which leads me to an obvious question: why in God’s name are the Eagles moving to a 3-4 when all of our players fit a 4-3?

  45. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 27, 2013 2:39 PM

    IF THE NFL IS FIXED WHY R U WATCHING THEN IF THE NFL IS FIXED THE DEADSKINS WILL NOT WIN THE SUPER BOWL IN METLIFE

  46. tedmurph says: Mar 27, 2013 2:40 PM

    Your source is mistaken about tbe Pats. They had about 15 mil before the Volmer deal. Now they have about 7, enough for their rookie pool and maybe a minor signing like Lloyd or Edelman.

  47. uptjeff says: Mar 27, 2013 2:44 PM

    “I love how u guys take shots at the pats cuz u know pats fans are the most passionate and the pats are the most hated team so youll get the most reads and comments by mentioning the best team in the nfl the new England patriots”

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

    That’s hilarious. I’ve never heard Gillette Stadium being a tough place to play because of the noise. Come to New Orleans and experience passionate fans.

  48. tedmurph says: Mar 27, 2013 2:48 PM

    My bad, It’s more like 11mil

  49. ryansims32385 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:50 PM

    Bengals also have to resign Andre Smith… And Carlos Dunlap will be up for free agency soon too. They’d also like to work out a long term deal with Michael Johnson as well… They have a great young nucleus, they’d be senseless to spend money just for the sake of spending it, and wind up losing one of their young guys in his prime. Hats off to the Bengals for taking the smart approach.

  50. chawk12thman says: Mar 27, 2013 2:54 PM

    For those that have asked and are interested, here is the quick cut N past list of teams and estimated cap space

    Bengals $31,483,250
    Browns $30,668,049
    Jaguars $29,641,749
    Buccaneers $27,908,848
    Eagles $24,130,518
    Packers $18,844,826
    Dolphins $15,879,654
    Bills $15,548,229
    Patriots $14,784,338
    Colts $13,071,403
    Jets $12,837,974
    Cardinals $12,275,425
    Broncos $11,833,006
    Titans $10,384,817
    Ravens $8,459,254
    Lions $7,648,568
    Chargers $6,941,300
    Seahawks $6,940,542
    Vikings $6,523,613
    Falcons $6,222,495
    Panthers $5,962,240
    Bears $5,714,695
    Texans $5,019,064
    49ers $4,754,136
    Raiders $4,443,819
    Steelers $3,763,113
    Saints $3,724,557
    Redskins $2,976,031
    Chiefs $2,074,186
    Rams $2,049,479
    Giants $1,256,676
    Cowboys $857,926

  51. zombiepatriot says: Mar 27, 2013 2:59 PM

    To me the amount of cap room is a more valid statistic at the end of a season then at the beginning.

    So, you make a crack at the Patriots who are $13 million under the $128 million cap around 5 to 6 months before the games begin?

    I don’t get the point behind the article. What were the end cap numbers at the end of the 2012 season? How much room did each team have then?

  52. rwcourington says: Mar 27, 2013 3:00 PM

    The Cardinals seem to consistently find themselves on lists like these. With the new leadership in place I hope we still have a few moves in mind to make use of the space.

    OT Jared Gaither could be one of those additions.

    #Birdgang

  53. fatsolio says: Mar 27, 2013 3:02 PM

    Great job by Green bay to have that much cap space and do NOTING to improve the team. Their OL has been lousy for years so hey, why improve it? Their D the last 2 seasons has been inconsistent so why do anything about it?

    GB is going down the same path the Colts did during the Peyton era where they ignored fixing the OL (causing the run game to be useless and giving the passing game less time for guys to get open) and ignoring doing that silly thing of improving the defense. They just relied on Peyton to carry them and it seems the Packers are going to expect Aaron to do the same. Brilliant! No single QB/player can carry a team in a TEAM SPORT to a title yet hey, just expect it’ll somehow be different this time.

  54. jprcox says: Mar 27, 2013 3:04 PM

    Rg3 is nothing close to a mediocre QB – he is awesome.

    The real issue is can he make it through a season without injury playing as he does – or what will the “new” RG3 play like when he is told not to run so much.

    Well see, but don’t call him mediocre – that is nuts.

  55. thingamajig says: Mar 27, 2013 3:07 PM

    Don’t you have to subtract about 7 million from each team for the rookie draft pool?

  56. tedmurph says: Mar 27, 2013 3:11 PM

    @uptjeff

    You realize NO is a dome, instead of an open air cold weather stadium, right?

  57. mungman69 says: Mar 27, 2013 3:12 PM

    The Eagles can spend all of the cap money that they want to. If they don’t have a QB it won’t much matter.

  58. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2013 3:18 PM

    The Chiefs only have $2-mil, under the cap? Man, Alex Smith must’ve cost them a ton!! Hadda be, they don’t have anybody else worth all that much.

    Or do they also count, Andy’s cheeseburger budget?

  59. qwzaie123 says: Mar 27, 2013 3:22 PM

    Don’t hate on Miami

  60. bengalsfan73 says: Mar 27, 2013 3:23 PM

    I know it can be frustrating for all of the Bengals fans including myself for the front office to not spend money on pending free agents. However, the bright side to all of this is that the Bengals are one of the youngest and brightest teams in the NFL and even though we all have had bad things to say about Mike Brown, I admit that I am impressed with how he is handling the cap situation. We have to focus on keeping our core of young talent such as AJ Green, Andy Dalton, Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Michael Johnson in tact especially since the time is coming for their rookie contracts to expire. We have had our time as being a laughing stock in this league but now things are looking brighter in the Jungle. We just need to trust the front office and sit back when our dividends continue to grow as other teams get older and start to fall apart because of their cap situations. WHO DEY!!!

  61. uptjeff says: Mar 27, 2013 3:26 PM

    @tedmurph

    So what? Seahawks and Niners are outdoors. They dwarf Gillette Stadium fans when it comes to noise.

    And the Falcons, Rams, Colts, Vikings, etc all play in a dome. but the noise levels in those domes aren’t even close to the Superdome.

    Trust me, Saints fans are head and shoulders above Pats fans and definitely top 3 in the league.

    Remember when we killed you guys in 2009? What a great game.

  62. luckyarmpit says: Mar 27, 2013 3:28 PM

    To dcapettini, woodstakes, and others… re: logicalvoice….

    Don’t feed the troll

  63. ochospantalones says: Mar 27, 2013 3:29 PM

    The whole spending floor thing is a bit of a red herring. Look at the Eagles situation. They are ~$24 million under the cap, which taken alone makes it seem like they should be under the spending floor. The cap is $123 million, so 123-24= $99 million, which is about 80.5% of the cap. But this is in fact totally misleading. The cap floor applies to the unadjusted cap of $123 million, so the cap floor is ~$109.5 million. But here’s the thing: the Eagles’s 2013 cap figure is actually $122 million. They are $24 million under their adjusted cap of $146 million, which includes $23 million in unused cap space rolled over from last year. So they are already significantly over the spending floor. The other implication of this is that their vaunted “cap space” is in some ways illusory. If they spent to the adjusted cap of $146 million this year, they would have no cap room to roll over to 2014, and would then need to cut over $20 million to get under the 2014 cap.

  64. jdrew506 says: Mar 27, 2013 3:39 PM

    Actually the redskins and their fans need to apologize to all of us for allowing a douchenozzle like Logical to speak on their behalf.

  65. denverwally says: Mar 27, 2013 3:40 PM

    Who cares? It’s March 27th, not August 27th. Teams have months and months to spend their cap dollars, including the draftees joining the rosters next month. This article is so pre-mature its not even worth the price of the virtual ink to print it.

  66. denverwally says: Mar 27, 2013 3:46 PM

    Last week, before the Vollmer deal, the Pats had 25 million under the cap. After Vollmer and Talib they are now at just around 14 million according to the math the Boston Globe did yesterday. So as far as the Pats cap number, that list above is fairly accurate.

  67. adk1j2 says: Mar 27, 2013 4:12 PM

    And this thinking is why your team sucks… Instead of filling the bagillion wholes your team has right now, you would sink every last dollar you have on one player and still be the worst team in the league. How would you even sign your draft picks? Idiot fans and organization. Trade him to Tampa. #GoBucs

    ———————

    I forgot all that success tampa bay has had with their current team. (sarcasm)

    Your bucs finished 1 game better than the jets last year and the jets lost their best offensive and defensive player for the year in september.

    Who is the “idiot” now?

    ______________________________________________________________________

    The Bucs are young and on the rise. The only reason we didn’t make the playoffs last year is because our secondary was historically terrible. Add Goldson, Revis, and a draft pick and suddenly we have one of the best secondaries (to go along with the #1 run defense).

    We have the money to blow on Revis and still be 17-20 mil under the cap. If you blow 13 mil on Revis you will literally have no money, as you are 13 mil under the cap as we speak. That would be a terrible move for an organization that is rebuilding and has 0 hope at the playoffs.

    Bums.

  68. multiplemiggs says: Mar 27, 2013 4:15 PM

    You hear that Jets haters? The stupidity of you people is beyond me. Everyone wants to fit in with the crowd I guess.

  69. jameyjame says: Mar 27, 2013 4:16 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Mar 27, 2013 1:45 PM

    The National Fixed League needs to apologise to Redskins fans everywhere for the total injust agenda they have towards Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins franchise.
    —————————————————-

    unfortunately this is what happens when you cheat and get caught. but look on the bright side, your team has been one of the worst run franchises for many years even before this latest debacle.
    —————————————————–
    your truly,
    wellington mara

  70. trollaikman8 says: Mar 27, 2013 4:28 PM

    Even though it doesn’t help the cap situation, Dan Snyder has announced plans to raise the parking prices by $10.

  71. savvybynature says: Mar 27, 2013 4:30 PM

    I love the Bungles fans saying “we should just sit back and trust the front office,” lmao! Isn’t that the same front office that has never won a single playoff game in 20+ seasons? Yeah, I’d put all my faith and trust and hope in those guys because clearly they know what they are doing.
    And btw, sure they will need to sign AJ Green, Dalton and others when their rookie contracts run out — in two years! In the meantime, sign a player that helps the team now to a frontloaded or short-term contract (1 or 2 years). It isn’t that complicated folks! Stop buying the company line. Do you really think Mike Brown suddenly got smart about building a contender, or is it more likely he is just being cheap, like he always has! Simplest explanation is most likely the correct one. Make him prove you wring before you give the man any benefit of the doubt.

  72. ravenmuscle says: Mar 27, 2013 4:32 PM

    Revis is coming off a torn ACL….why would ANY team risk $13 to $16 million a year on this dude?

    Look what Revis and Asomugha did for the Jets and Eagles…I REST My CASE.

  73. mjkelly77 says: Mar 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    theboondoggles says:Mar 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    I know we are supposed to decry teams for being so far under the cap, but I’m incredibly jealous of the Bengals and Bucs ability to field above average squads while maintaining the fiscal flexibility to go after playmakers and gamechangers at the drop of a hat.

    People repeatedly hate on the Bengals and their front office for past mistakes, but look at their recents drafts and personnel moves. This is a organization that could go very far with a few more pieces and some luck.

    - A Jealous Lions Fan
    ______________________

    A Jealous Lions Fan? Right.

  74. dlk47823 says: Mar 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Revis did win games for the Jets, spearheading a gread Defense that went to back to back Championships. Only a few teams in history have done it by the way.
    As far as being the worst team in the league, check your facts and see there were 8 worse in 2011, a year in which the Jets lost their best Offensive (Holmes) and Defensive(Revis) players to injury. Give me the best of those from any NFL team and you’ll finish under .500.
    Brady and Woolfork go down in New England….how many games you think NE wins?

  75. bandzz says: Mar 27, 2013 4:55 PM

    lol wth is benroethlisberger7 talking about? The Bengals clearly have WAY MORE talent than the old Steel men LOL …that team was built to win back in the day…yall better get with the times cause the Bengals are set to leap frog the Steelers this year and bang heads with us Ravens.

  76. dartwick says: Mar 27, 2013 5:05 PM

    We all know that the Bengals and Buccs are planning to pocket everything they can.

    I was hoping the Browns and even the Jags were going to try harder to win with their new ownership.

  77. jamal1971 says: Mar 27, 2013 5:23 PM

    Bengals cap-$18M. Because $10M moved to next season’s cap.

  78. voyager6 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:28 PM

    Couple of minor points:

    Roll over from 2012 is immune to cap spend minimum limit.

    Teams have to reserve enough cap space to cover the signing of the players from the draft (5 Mill), and should have an injury settlement pot/cash reserve to pick up emergency player in season.

    Finally, the teams can choose to roll over some cap space to next year. With the Bengals, they have said they are rolling $10 million to next year, and need $5 million for the draft, and then a couple million for injury settlements, and that leaves them with less than $10 million to spend on Andre Smith and Terrance Newman this year.

    Teams that mortgage their future with large signing bonuses and unrealistic out year contract values are basing their hopes on an exponentially growing cap, which isn’t happening right now.

  79. maestro1899 says: Mar 27, 2013 8:34 PM

    But don’t teams need to save some cap room to sign their draft picks next month??

    If so, I think this article is a little misleading.

  80. joetoronto says: Mar 28, 2013 4:51 AM

    The Bungals have the dumbest fans in the world, they’re owner rips them off and the fans support him.

    SMH.

  81. tigerjaw says: Mar 29, 2013 6:53 PM

    We do have the dumbest fans in the world. I chat with them on bengals message boards all the time. They think Mike Brown is all of sudden a genius when he has a losing record in 23 years, never won one playoff game. I could care less what they have done the past two years. They have squeaked in the playoffs and then when they get there, they get beat like a team that should have never been there in the first place. Get a clue Bengals fans! ENJOY THE CIRCUS!

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