Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Woodson, Hawk to be cut?
By Tim Kavanagh
Given that they were amongst the NFL's top contending teams again in 2012, it's a good sign that the Green Bay Packers have some breathing room under the projected salary cap for 2013; they've got around $7 million with which to play, which is in stark contrast to teams like the Panthers and the Jets who didn't reach the postseason but are in a deep hole when it comes to the 2013 cap.
And there is a possibility that they could have a great deal more space once they're through making cuts ahead of the start of the league year on March 12. According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers can save $10 million in cap space by cutting DB Charles Woodson, and $5.45 million if they release LB A.J. Hawk. Restructuring either player's deal -- i.e. asking them to take a pay cut -- could also produce some cap benefits.
There isn't a great need for the Packers to have a ton of cap space; they generally aren't players when it comes to targeting the high-priced guys in free agency. But they do need some room for re-signing their own FAs, including the restricted tenders for players like CB Sam Shields, C Evan Dietrich-Smith, TE Tom Crabtree, OLB Frank Zombo and ILB Robert Francois, as well as for their incoming draft class.