NFL.com has updated salary-cap numbers for each team in 2011. The numbers are interesting because the free-agent signing period is mostly over, though teams are still making the occasional addition. Don’t expect these teams to spend their cap money just because. The average amount of cap room for teams is currently around $11 million.
Let’s look at each AFC West team’s cap situation, in order of cap room:
Cap room: $32,984,542
What it means: The Chiefs have the most cap room in the NFL. They have done a great job. They signed several key players and locked up linebacker Tamba Hali. Kansas City can now look to lock up players such as Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr if it wishes.
Cap room: $24,302,469
What it means: The Broncos likely won’t spend much of its surplus. But it has flexibility to add a defensive tackle if need be.
Cap room: $5,311,249
Cap room: $2,864,800
What it means: The Chargers can’t do much, but they weren’t planning to do much, anyway. If they need someone, they can get him.