As the NFL approaches the final year of a four-year window during which all teams must spend, on average, 89 percent of the total salary cap, the Jaguars and Raiders are the only two teams behind the curve. And that’s created the impression that both teams will spend aggressively in free agency.
PFT recently explained last week that this may not be the case. Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell thereafter explained that, indeed, it won’t be.
“I know there’s been a lot of numbers out there,” Caldwell told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. “None of them have been accurate to be honest with you so I wish that if people are going to state the numbers that they be accurate. We’re not that much under. We have to spend maybe 94 percent of the cap to be at the minimum. We knew that going in to this, but we also know that in a year from now some of our best players in Allen Robinson, Blake Bortles, Telvin Smith, Aaron Colvin, Brandon Linder, they’re going to be up for renegotiation. So we’ll have no problem spending that money, and we’ll have until February  to do it. So I could probably buy you lunch this week and we’d be over 89 percent.”
That’s precisely the point that was previously made. Just because the Jaguars and Raiders are lagging behind the 89-percent average, they don’t have to get there by next week. They have to get there by next year, and they can wait for guys like Bortles, Robinson, and Smith to become eligible for new deals.
Apparently, that’s what the Jaguars will do.