Ok, here's a link to salary caps for next season
So, looking at this list, who do you think has the best chances to upgrade and truely compete next season??
I would have to say the Chargers. With 21mil to play with, they should be able to bring in a good WR to compliment an aging McCardell. With the offense they already have, that should shore up things there.And then fill in some gaps on the defensive side of the ball. They'll be able to resign Brees, and keep Rivers and let Rivers play (instead of rushing Brees back like Jets did Pennington.) If Rivers proves to be worth holding onto, they can then trade Brees and free up more cap space.
Who's going to take the hardest fall?
Sadly, I have to say the Steelers. I know Bettis leaving will free up a tiny bit of room, but not a lot. They'll end up losing a lot of key players like Chris Hope, Randel El, and Von Olhoffen (spelled horribly I know). Mike Logan is a good safty, but he lost his job to Hope, so you know that's a downgrade there. I think Cedric the Entertainer Wilson will fill in nicely as a #2 receiver, but the Steelers then loss Randel El's passing and kick returns. The DE who I can't spell will be the least of those three to worry about replacing.