With CBA coming, salary cap compliance time is at hand
The NFL and the NFLPA are expected to officially ratify the new CBA on Thursday. Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, this means that every team must be under the salary cap as of Friday.
So what of the other 14 teams? Here’s where they stood by way of cap space, as of Tuesday: Redskins ($18.7 million); Colts ($15.7 million); Packers ($15.4 million); Titans ($13.6 million); Saints ($10.5 million); Patriots ($9.2 million); Jets ($7.6 million); Dolphins ($6.6 million); Ravens ($6.6 million); Chargers ($5.0 million); Eagles ($3.8 million); Falcons ($2.6 million); Rams ($490,000); Giants ($290,000).
During training camp and the preseason, salary cap compliance is determined by looking at the cap numbers for the 51 highest-paid players on the team. Once the season begins, all 53 players plus players on injured reserve must fit under the spending maximum.
UPDATE: These numbers include the one-time, $3 million in extra space that applies to each team in 2011.