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Postby jake_twothousandfive » Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:05 pm

PFT came up with some pre-free agency salary cap figures for next year. It features a number of teams with more then $30 million under the $109 million spending limit and only three teams over the limit (Ravens, Panthers, and Redskins).

2007 CAP ROOM
49ers: $38 million under
Bills: $33 million under
Titans: $33 million under
Cardinals: $33 million under
Browns: $29 million under
Packers: $28 million under
Patriots: $28 million under
Saints: $27 million under
Bears: $23 million under
Rams: $23 million under
Chargers: $22 million under
Buccaneers: $21 million under
Jaguars: $21 million under
Bengals: $20 million under
Jets: $20 million under
Seahawks: $19 million under
Cowboys: $18 million under
Lions: $16 million under
Vikings: $14 million under
Giants: $14 million under
Dolphins: $13 million under
Texans: $10 million under
Raiders: $8 million under
Eagles: $8 million under
Falcons: $8 million under
Chiefs: $6 million under
Broncos: $4 million under
Colts: $2 million under
Steelers: $300,000 under
Redskins: $100,000 over
Ravens: $1 million over
Panthers: $2.5 million over
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Postby jake_twothousandfive » Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:28 pm

It seems like the Niners set themselves up pretty well to be a good team in the future. Gore established himself as a top back last year, Vernon Davis performed well when he was on the field, Alex Smith seems to be coming along, and getting Norv Turner back will help them out tremedously on offense as well. All they have to do now is go out and grab some good FA defensive players and put together a solid defense to go along with their stellar offense.
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Postby jake_twothousandfive » Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:31 pm

PFT.com is now reporting that the accuracy of these numbers is in question.

POSTED 11:32 a.m. EST, February 10, 2007

CAVEAT ON CAP NUMBERS

A league source has contacted us regarding the accuracy of the cap numbers that we posted earlier today. Although those numbers currently are accurate, it turns out that the numbers are incomplete.

Per the source, the current numbers do not reflect several key pieces of information that will reduce the cap room available as of March 1.

First, the "official" numbers have not yet been adjusted by the league to reflect so-called "not likely to be earned" incentives that a player achieved in 2006. By definition, these payments do not count against a team's 2006 cap number. They hit the cap in 2007.

A prime example in this regard is Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. With doubts swirling last year at this time regarding his ability to return to form, he slashed his salary for 2006 but remained in position to earn most if not all of it back through incentive payments.

And he did. Those extra payments to Pennington will thus eat into the $20 million in cap room available to the Jets.

Likewise, the $3 million bonus earned by Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers for making it to the Pro Bowl this year is not reflected. And that's bad news for Carolina, since without this extra charge the team is already $2.5 million over the $109 million limit.

Second, any "likely to be earned" incentives that were not met in 2006 result in a cap credit for 2007. Teams with surplus cap money in 2006 but no plans to use it often will insert such incentives that, although categorized as "likely to be earned" are as a practical matter not earned. Because these incentives count against the 2006 cap, the money carries over to the next year if the incentive is not earned.

Third, any 2007 salary escalators triggered by players in 2006 are not yet reflected. If, for example, a player's 2007 salary based on his contract is $1 million but his performance numbers pushed his salary to $2 million for 2007 due to an escalator clause, that extra million has not yet been wiped off of the books for the purposes of the 2007 cap numbers.

Fourth, the Giants will get a cap credit from Tiki Barber's retirement, since his $4.15 million salary for 2007 is currently on the books, and thus reflected in the cap numbers.
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Postby SniperShot » Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:55 pm

Wow you aren’t kidding with the 49ers. They will get a decent player with their first round draft pick and have tons of money to maybe sign some big time player(s) via free agency. I had no idea they were that far under the cap.

I think the Titans at $33 million under are sitting pretty. Vince can only get better with more experience and they have alot of freedom with the $$$ by the looks of it.
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Postby eman » Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:31 pm

How about the Saints!?!? They're 27 million under despite having 2 players (Reggie and Colston) who will only get better and continue involving into stars in their respective positions. This means they'll be left with about 25 million in cap room to spend upgrading the OLine, defense, or even for a very strong WR2 if they so choose. I think they'll be revisiting the playoffs for years to come.
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Postby dgan » Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:09 am

Just shows you how much the cap went up for this coming year. Only three teams end the season projected to be over the cap for the following season? That has got to be some type of record. Usually a third of NFL teams are already over the cap before the Draft.

This could actually have a big impact on these FA RBs. Usually, teams don't throw around money on RBs (just ask Shaun Alexander) but teams may become a little loose with their money. Should be interesting.

Also, if a QB goes #1 overall, watch out for yet another record rookie deal. Agents are going to be looking to get these new guys a healthy slice of this large cap pie.
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Postby GreenBay4Life » Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:53 am

dont forget teams can cut people from the team thus increasing cap room. I think GB can cut close to 10mil with 3 guys that they are not high on.
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Postby deerayfan072 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:18 pm

Bucs finally on the better side of these numbers
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Postby joelamosobadiah » Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:51 pm

Hmm.. looks like the Cowboys are right in the middle of the pack.

I do know that both Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens have bonuses coming to them in the offseason. Will that change their numbers? :-? Or is that including those already? :-?
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Postby deerayfan072 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:55 pm

joelamosobadiah wrote:Hmm.. looks like the Cowboys are right in the middle of the pack.

I do know that both Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens have bonuses coming to them in the offseason. Will that change their numbers? :-? Or is that including those already? :-?


That shuld be included in that
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