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Fire Haley
01-25-2009, 07:12 AM
While we're twiddling our thumbs...

Draft Sharks
Team-by-Team Salary Cap Report
January 23, 2009
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** All 32 teams ranked by current salary cap space against the 2009 limit of $123 million per club. They are ranked from most cap room (Tampa) to least (NY Jets). These figures are not exact, but after weeks of exhaustive research at the NFLPA website, NFLMedia, ESPN, FOX, & local newspaper sites, they are pretty close. Detailed free agency & contract info included.

by John Miller, Draftsharks.com

1. Tampa Bay -- $42m under
2. Arizona -- $41m under
3. Denver -- $34m under
4.. Kansas City -- $33m under

5. Tennessee -- $31m under – DT Albert Haynesworth is this year’s big prize. They can’t franchise him again because of incentive clauses. Insiders say Haynesworth likes Nashville and might stay on a hometown discount but that’s unlikely. 2-3 other teams will offer tongue-dropping cash and he will leave. QB Vince Young’s cap figure is a manageable $4.6m but it jumps to $14.2m in 2010. If they cut Young it’s a $7.7m cap hit. Owner Bud Adams won’t give up on the flaky kid. Overall the Titans are not big shoppers so don’t look for major splashes. Note: C Kevin Mawae is 38. You know the Titans would love to pry free-agent C Jeff Saturday away from Indy.

6. Miami -- $28m under
7. Buffalo -- $27m under
8. Detroit -- $26m under
9. San Francisco -- $26m under

10. Houston -- $25m under
11. Philadelphia -- $25m under

12. Cincinnati -- $22m under – Owner Mike Brown must be overcome with grief. QB Carson Palmer, WR Chad Johnson, and OT Levi Jones were all in the top-6 highest paid at their positions – and the Bengals were last in scoring, yards, and yards per play. They franchised RT Stacey Andrews last season after failing to sign him to a long-term deal for the 2nd straight year. This year they might franchise WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh at $7.85m guaranteed for 1 year. Overall none of this cap stuff matters to Cincy if Carson Palmer’s elbow is trashed. Stay tuned.

13. New England -- $21m under – This figure doesn’t count the (gulp) $14.8m one-year tender for Matt Cassel. If they tag Cassel they’ll have $28 million cap dollars tied up in 2 quarterbacks. However, they can make it work. DE Richard Seymour, OT Matt Light, WR Randy Moss, LB Adalius Thomas, and DE Jarvis Green have a combined $65m in cap charges – if 3 or 4 of those guys restructure it frees up $15m easily.

14. Minnesota -- $20m under
15. Atlanta -- $20m under

16. Pittsburgh -- $19m under – Supposedly a frugal club, the Steelers spent $128m in payroll last year, 6th highest in football. The product bears out that spending. And when they did Roethlisberger’s extension last March they pro-rated his $25m signing bonus over the 8 years of the deal, and his 2009 salary is “only” $4.75m, so his 2009 cap hit is a manageable $7.9m. The big question is will they re-sign G Chris Kemoeatu, T Max Starks, and T Marvel Smith, all free agents?

17. Baltimore -- $19m under – CBs Samari Rolle & Chris McAlister count a combined $17m. Pay cuts or both hit the road. The Ravens are a relatively low payroll club who’s squeezed the most they could out of what they have. 3 of the top-6 defensive free agents on the 2009 market are Ravens: DE Terrell Suggs, LB Bart Scott, and LB Ray Lewis. They can’t keep all three. Maybe only one. TE Todd Heap already took a pay cut once so they might just cut him. It would free up $3.6m. The big rumor is a straight-up trade: Terrell Suggs for Anquan Boldin. Wow!

18. Chicago -- $19m under
19. Green Bay -- $18m under

20. Cleveland -- $17m under – The Browns will probably cut Jamal Lewis. They’d be saving a cash payout of $6.4m in salary & roster bonus. RT Kevin Shaffer is a bust, but he only counts $4.4m on the cap so he might stay. WR Donte Stallworth has a roster bonus of $5m due – he’ll fly out to fleece his 5th team in March. The Browns can free up $12m in cap room by cutting QB Derek Anderson, DE Shaun Smith, LB Willie McGinest, LB Andra Davis, DT Robaire Smith, and G Ryan Tucker.

21. Jacksonville -- $16m under – Owner Wayne Weaver got burned last year, giving out $23m in guaranteed dollars to WR Jerry Porter and CB Drayton Florence. He spent $122m in total payroll, 8th most in the league. They’ll let OT Khalif Barnes walk in free agency. S Gerald Sensabaugh, LB Mike Peterson, and C Brad Mester might walk too. Only Meester seems to be on their list of priorities. WR Reggie Williams’ contract is voidable. He’s gone.

22. San Diego -- $14m under – Time for semi-rebuilding on both sides of the ball. Not a complete housecleaning, but GM A.J. Smith knows he has to shake it up. But first he has to extend Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman and Vincent Jackson, all going into the last year of their deals. As crazy as it seems, ending it with LaDainian Tomlinson makes sense. He’s 30 and his body is breaking down. Dumping him off frees up $6.725m in cap space. They also want to re-sign Darren Sproles, who was their MVP in December & January.

23. New York Giants -- $11m under – The first order of business is to lock up Brandon Jacobs, but can (will) they? He’ll want to test the open market and plenty of teams could offer more money. Rumor has it the Giants want free-agent DT Albert Haynesworth (imagine that defensive line with Osi Umenyiora returning from injury) but they’re actually set with DTs Fred Robbins & Barry Cofield. If Plaxico Burress is cut before June 1st he only counts $4.4m in dead money.

24. Dallas -- $10m under – Owner Jerry Jones will always empty his pockets and spend cash-over-cap so it doesn’t really matter how much room Dallas has. The first order of business is Terrell Owens. The reports that his release/trade would cause a massive cap charge are true – but the “net” hit is only $680,000. In other words, he already counts $8.99 million if stays. He counts $9.67m if he leaves. They have until June 1st when his $3.1m roster bonus is due. All-World LB DeMarcus Ware is entering a contract year and deserves to be one of the 5 highest-paid defenders in the NFL. Overall, every offensive starter is signed for at least 2 more years. Cutting QB Brad Johnson, G Montrae Holland, and S Roy Williams frees up $6m.

25. Carolina -- $9m under – Jake Delhomme counts $11m on the cap. Cut him and get $6m in net cap savings. Or accept his apology for the 6 turnovers vs. Arizona, re-do his deal and free up a few million. Ask CB Ken Lucas ($6m cap charge) to restructure too. Cut WR D.J. Hackett, RB Nick Goings, LB Landon Johnson, OG Keydrick Vincent, and CB Ricardo Colclough to free up $8m. Carolina could franchise-tag DE Julius Peppers and trade him for a 1st round pick (they currently don’t have a 1st rounder in this draft). We hear Cleveland and Miami are the most interested.

26. Seattle -- $9m under
27. St. Louis -- $8m under
28. Oakland -- $4m under

29. Indianapolis -- $2m over – Peyton Manning counts a massive $21m by himself, the 2nd biggest cap charge in NFL history behind Steve McNair’s $23m in 2006. The Titans ended up locking McNair out of team headquarters that summer. Indy won’t do anything quite that drastic, but they do need to discuss money with Peyton. They can free up $6m by cutting Marvin Harrison. Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, CB Kelvin Hayden and RB Dominic Rhodes are free agents. They could franchise-tag Saturday at $8.6m on the 2009 cap. Not too bad. Lots of work to do here, though.

30. Washington -- $3m over – Nothing new for owner Daniel Snyder, he’s from the Jerry Jones Cash-Over-Cap School. Boy, they’ve given out some stupid contracts over the years. Heck, WR Brandon Lloyd still counts $5.5m in dead money from 2007, plus they gave away 3rd & 4th rounders for him that year. We hear the Skins have their eye on 1 stud free agent – Panthers OT Jordan Gross, who could replace the declining Jon Jansen on the right.

31. New Orleans -- $5m over – They just got the credit card bill from their 2005-2008 shopping spree. Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush, Drew Brees, DE Will Smith, DE Charles Grant, CB Mike McKenzie, huge bonuses thrown around the room. It worked on offense, not so well on defense. Brees counts $14m on the cap but that’s 33% less than Peyton Manning’s rate. Smith counts $9.4m in 2009 so he needs to step it up under new DC Gregg Williams. They can cut RB Aaron Stecker, WR Devery Henderson, WR David Patten, DT Hollis Thomas, and CB Jason David to free up $11m in cap space.

32. New York Jets -- $7m over – Whew, last year they doled out over $100 million in guaranteed dollars. Those bonuses are pro-rated out over the next 4-5 years so they’re going to be in and out of cap jail for a while. Laveranues Coles counts $7m and they need him to accept a pay cut, which he won’t. Leon Washington deserves a big extension. Ks Jay Feely and Mike Nugent are both free agents – Nugent was hurt and Feely might have stolen the gig.

** 2009 is the last year with a salary cap under the current NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

86WARD
01-25-2009, 07:41 AM
i like that 19M under...go get us some Jordan Gross!

IronFan
01-25-2009, 07:46 AM
Right in the middle. Not bad.

Galax Steeler
01-25-2009, 07:50 AM
We could be alot worse those numbers are not bad we should be able to do something with that.

HometownGal
01-25-2009, 07:55 AM
19M is a nice chunk of change and can go a long way in getting a couple of quality players either via the draft or FA. Kemo isn't going to want a King's ransom and Marvel was injured most of the season so I don't believe he is going to command big bucks either. Let Starks go - though I really like the guy, he isn't worth what the Steelers are paying him through the franchise tag.

steelerdave1969
01-25-2009, 09:21 AM
I really believe the Steelers would be ahead of the game getting Starks signed to a 4 year contract or so, but if that means we lose Chris Keomateau then I say forget him. I think that Marvel Smith should just retire and I think either way he will not be a Steeler next season. With what our offensive line needs in resigning some of the vets and rookies coming in, that 19 Million wont go far.
By the way.. thanks for the information

KeiselPower99
01-25-2009, 10:31 AM
19 million will make us decent spenders in the FA market but dont expect anything major. I think Gross returns to Carolina. I think we have to lock Starks up for at least a 2 yr deal and hope we get a tackle in the draft.

lilyoder6
01-25-2009, 10:44 AM
i bet the teams ranked 28-32 that are over the salary cap.. they won't do anything.. but they will get some rookies and poss another FA and still be under the cap some how

82CardsGrad
01-25-2009, 10:51 AM
We could be alot worse those numbers are not bad we should be able to do something with that.

Or, you could be like the Super Bowl bound AZ Cardinals and have $41 million under the cap!!!

:thumbsup:

GBMelBlount
01-25-2009, 10:58 AM
I'd like to see us look at allocating a little of the cap room towards immediately upgrading our O-line through free agency (unfortunately).

SteelerDeli_Dad
01-25-2009, 11:23 AM
Or, you could be like the Super Bowl bound AZ Cardinals and have $41 million under the cap!!!

:thumbsup:

Does Bidwell still own the team? Just because he's got it doesn't necessarily mean he'll spend it.

Preacher
01-25-2009, 11:28 AM
19 MIll...

That is enough to resign Kemo and Starks. Let Marvel Smith walk. Resign B-mac.

We should be able to do those things and STILL have 4-7 Mill in cap space, enough to sign our rookies and even go out and a get a good FA for the line.

OneForTheToe
01-25-2009, 12:20 PM
I think that 19 million is a bit deceiving. The Steelers don't plan one year out. One of the reasons for our success is that they are very good mid to long term (financial) cap planners. Ben's contract will start to kick in big time over the next few seasons following 2010, so don't expect the Steelers to go hog wild next season.

Of course, we know next season is the last capped season until there is a new labor agreement. Still, keep in mind that the Steelers are diciplined enough to stay around the same spending totals regardless of if there is an actual cap in place. In addition, once there is a cap again (which there will be), teams like the Cowboys and Skins, who have owners that can't control themselves, will be in cap hell for a few years.

I agree though that we are better off than we have been the last few years. There should be enough to sign a few of out FA linemen and maybe even pick up a mid salary FA, so we don't have to start all over again with the O'line. Hopefully, there is enough "cap space" out years 2 and beyond to extend Harrison before nexrt season.

OneForTheToe
01-25-2009, 12:24 PM
Does Bidwell still own the team? Just because he's got it doesn't necessarily mean he'll spend it.

Didn't Arizona just extent Fitz? I bet that cap number goes way up next season ofr you see players bolting.

Glace
01-25-2009, 12:41 PM
Don't forget that our upcoming superbowl win is going to inflate contract requests...

Marvel Smith - GOODBYE FINALLY

Max Starks - I would actually like to keep the guy. However we franchised him because we couldn't sign him to a deal last time...so if we go and win the superbowl, I'm sure his contract request is going to stay high, if not skyrocket again...

Need to keep Kemo


And I'm sorry...I don't see wasting a huge portion of our cap space trying to find linemen in free agency. Getting an offensive line isn't like buying a great expensive receiver and getting immediate results.

We're seeing our line SLOWLY improving this season for one reason....cohesiveness. They know what their jobs are and know the jobs of the others on the line. They trust each other. They depend on each other.

We didn't have that early in the year. It was more obvious that nobody knew what they were doing in the beginning of the season. That's why I wanted to see the O-Line coach dumped....because their problems came from the top.

However...it seems like he's finally getting them to gel a little bit...so I guess he can stay ;)

tony hipchest
01-25-2009, 02:22 PM
i think OneForTheToe and Glace make excellent points.

my take is that our o-line can suck just as bad wether we keep our own (soon to be high priced) free agents, go get another teams free agents, or just throw cheaper rookies in and build through the draft.

the continuity it took our team 17 weeks to build is gonna be compromised anyways so we might as well start from scratch. this may hurt ben, but keeping the expensive starks, smith, simmons also hurt ben. its a wash.

our defense is a different question. ryan clark, bryant mcfadden, and james harrison are integral parts of our teams success.

we need to also think about wahington, holmes, and miller.

lets face it... there arent too many rookies who are gonna make our roster next year.

i say we make all the trades necessary to land 1-2 blue chip lineman in the draft, to relace the ones we lose, and go from there.

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-25-2009, 03:36 PM
19M is a nice chunk of change and can go a long way in getting a couple of quality players either via the draft or FA. Kemo isn't going to want a King's ransom and Marvel was injured most of the season so I don't believe he is going to command big bucks either. Let Starks go - though I really like the guy, he isn't worth what the Steelers are paying him through the franchise tag.

HTG, I agree with you, but who do you think we should get to play Left Tackle next season? I dont trust a rookie to get Ben's blind side and its not the Steelers style to get a high priced FA like Jordan Gross.

As much as I dont like the idea, I think the Steelers will negotiate to keep either Starks or Smith.

markymarc
01-26-2009, 06:04 AM
That is a very nice cap number to be dealing with this off season. At this point there are only 2 individuals that I want to have resigned and that would be McFadden and Washington. And I still let Smith, Starks and Kemo all walk although unfortunately the FO will probably try to resign Starks and I would absolutely hate that.

Rick5895
01-26-2009, 06:19 AM
If they can resign Starks for reasonable money they should, and try to keep kemo. I would keep McFadden over Washington but that may be difficult as he will demand big money on the FA market. We have Sweed to replace Washington, I believe Sweed will do well in the SB and have a very good season next year.