[QUOTE]Eng/Lifer, I think Welker will get tagged unless he is extended first. Once tagged, they could go year-to-year but most likely they will work out a deal that is less painful to the cap. As for Wallace, I think he could be had for much less than what we've been talking. First, if PIT restricts him at the 1st round level, it costs them $2.8MM. They are already in huge cap jail so any offer we make would be hard for them to match and if they do match, they will have to let other player(s) go to make room. I need to look where PIT is spending their money, we could see several high priced guys cut. Back to Wallace. I think it possible we could get him at a cap number of about $5MM. Lloyd would probably be about $3MM. Branch could probably come back for $2MM or less. If Welker gets tagged then extended I could see his cap charge cut to maybe $6MM. My point it there is room for all of these guys, Welker, Wallace, Lloyd, Branch and Edelman. But I agree we aren't likely to go after Wallace. I need to study who PIT and some of the other teams in cap prison have for high profile guys that would clear a lot of cap if cut. Perhaps a Woodley, Harrison, OC from the Giants, etc could be in trouble. Don't know until I look. more later...
POSSIBLE BIG SPENDERS
Teams that have the cap space to make big moves in free agency.
Cincinnati Bengals $80,641,237
Tennessee Titans $92,739,765
Washington Redskins $94,351,284
Kansas City Chiefs $95,844,195
Tampa Bay Buccaneers $98,899,458
Atlanta Falcons $100,227,174
Denver Broncos $101,389,121
New England Patriots $101,827,381
Chicago Bears $101,887,741
San Francisco 49ers $102,938,980
Cleveland Browns $103,789,162
WORKING ON A BUDGET
Teams that aren’t up against the cap, but need to make smart moves to avoid trimming a ton of players and salaries.
Jacksonville Jaguars $107,270,274
Buffalo Bills $108,426,522
Seattle Seahawks $111,742,430
San Diego Chargers $111,960,165
New Orleans Saints $113,358,069
Philadelphia Eagles $113,964,694
Baltimore Ravens $115,670,281
Minnesota Vikings $116,078,422
Houston Texans $116,306,676
Miami Dolphins $116,636,173
Indianapolis Colts $116,773,288
Green Bay Packers $118,001,169
Arizona Cardinals $118,787,639
TIGHTENING THE BELT
Teams that will be at, or over the projected salary cap once they’ve signed the rookie class. These teams must purge their roster moving forward. The higher the cap number, the more drastic the cut backs need to be.
St. Louis Rams $120,982,904
Detroit Lions $122,760,121
New York Giants $124,735,807
New York Jets $128,092,733
Dallas Cowboys $128,910,735
Carolina Panthers $129,962,768
Oakland Raiders $140,861,316
Pittsburgh Steelers $149,885,537
After taking a look at the early numbers my hope is you’ll understand why the Dolphins can’t do it big in free agency right now (quarterback upgrade is team owner Steve Ross‘ priority, then discount shopping from bargains) without restructuring plenty of contracts, or cutting a few high profile players.
Also, keep in mind the free agent class will get enhanced over the next few weeks as teams try to get their books in order. Those players can sign with a new team immediately, but keep in mind they are usually damaged goods (injury history, declining play, problematic personalities, etc.).