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Remaining Salary Cap Space

ProFootballTalk.com reported that the league plans on allowing any unused 2011 salary cap space to be forwarded from one year to the next as long as the team signs off on it. And, really, why wouldn’t you want to add as much extra salary cap space as you can?

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Other than it would perhaps force teams to increase the minimum cash spending requirement, there doesn’t seem to be a valid reason not to do it, unless the team is being run by a cheap owner. However, the first issue won’t be a problem though and once the 89% spending minimum takes places next year it won’t be affected by the carried over extra salary cap space.

With that potential factor out of the way it’s safe to assume that every team in the NFL want to use their leftover salary cap space. If you’re wondering where the Giants fall on the list of remaining cap space they are amongst the very bottom with only $1.06 million of their 2011 cap space remaining. That total places them in third last, with only the Falcons ($747,000) and the Steelers ($506,000) behind them.

The teams with the most salary cap space are the Jaguars, Broncos, Bucs, Chiefs and Seahawks, with each team having at least $21 million of remaining cap space.

Let the 2011-2012 free agency discussion/rumor period begin!

Topics: 2011 Salary Cap, Salary Cap Space

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