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Weekend rewind: Teams can carry over cap space


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Since plenty of you still don’t check out PFT on non-work time, every once in a while there’s a weekend story that bears repeating on Monday.

On Sunday, we had several items regarding a new twist in the labor deal that allows teams to automatically carry over any unused cap space from one year to the next. To do it, the team in question simply has to want to do it, and to reduce its intentions to writing.

There’s no down side. Though some thought that carrying over cap space would increase the per-team minimum spending requirement that debuts in 2013, the 89-percent floor comes only from the unadjusted cap.

And here’s one detail I didn’t notice when we listed the five teams with the most cap space and the five teams with the least. From John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, each of the five highest-spending teams in 2011 (Steelers, Falcons, Giants, Texans, Lions) made the playoffs, and only one of the five lowest-spending teams (Jaguars, Broncos, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Seahawks) qualified for the postseason.

Here’s the full list of remaining cap room by team. If any team chooses not to carry over the full amount for 2012, the fans and the media covering those teams should be asking some tough questions about whether the franchise is more committed to generating profits than wins.