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The Salary Cap Room In The NFC South

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TAMPA - JULY 31:  The training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31 2010 in Tampa Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
TAMPA - JULY 31: The training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Courtesy of the invaluable Pat Yasinskas comes cap figures for the entire NFC South. Be still, my beating heart!

Nothing here is particularly counter-intuitive. You would expect the Panthers to have one of the lowest cap figures and the Falcons and Saints the highest, given their relative position in the standards.

What's scary as hell is that the Buccaneers have the lowest figure in the NFC South and the entire NFL. Young, already scary team with massive amounts of cap room? Eesh.

For those curious, here's the exact figures:

  • Saints, $104.8 million
  • Falcons, $103.5 million
  • Panthers, $73 million
  • Bucs, $63.8 million

The good news is that the Falcons have about $16.5 million in wiggle room, according to Yasinskas, and depending on the outcome of CBA talks, whether the limit really is around $120 million and whether the Falcons choose to jettison some guys. That's enough for one good-sized free agent splash (Ray Edwards?) and a couple of complementary pieces, if need be.

Who do you think the Falcons and the rest of the NFC South teams will use their cap space on?