Bucs, Panthers will have money to spend
July, 21, 2011
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com
Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireThe Panthers will have plenty of money to spend in free agency. Will they re-sign DeAngelo Williams?Adam Schefter often answers readers' questions in his blog. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
Q: With the new salary cap floor, which teams are in the most trouble? Which will have to spend the most unwanted money to get above the floor?
-- Richard (Oregon)
A: These figures are fluid, Richard. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considerably under the salary cap -- roughly $60 million -- and will have the room to make some moves to bolster their roster. The Seattle Seahawks are projected to be about $36 million under the salary cap, though the team still has to make a decision at quarterback with Matthew Hasselbeck scheduled to be a free agent. The Chicago Bears are scheduled to be roughly $35 million under the cap, though they need to upgrade the interior part of their offensive line and get another wide receiver. The Carolina Panthers have $34 million in cap space but still need to re-sign players such as running back DeAngelo Williams and linebacker Thomas Davis. And the Cleveland Browns are about $32 million under the salary cap but do not have very many reliable defensive linemen they can count on under contract.
Q: I was reading Football Outsiders' piece on the teams most endangered by free agency. Which teams do you think have the most to lose this year in free agency?
-- Marshall (California)
A: Marshall: The New York Jets need to figure out a way to keep at least one, if not two, of their wide receivers. As much as they struggled last season, the Panthers have some quality free agents available, though they also have plenty of salary-cap room to be able to bring back some of them. The Miami Dolphins could wind up losing Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, but they are expected to make a play for another running back. And it will not help the Oakland Raiders to have cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha simply walk away while getting nothing in return.