Updated NFC South cap figures

In our NFC South chat today, some of you were asking for updated salary-cap figures.

I just went out and got my hands on some. So let’s take a look at where each NFC South team stands in relation to the cap. In the preseason, only the top 51 cap figures count and these numbers reflect that.

  • The New Orleans Saints are $4.414 million under. To clarify an issue where there had been some uncertainty, the Saints are absorbing a $2.525 million hit this year after releasing tackle Jon Stinchcomb.

  • The Atlanta Falcons are $911,700 under the cap and may have to restructure some contracts or release some players if they’re going to make any more moves of substance.

  • The Carolina Panthers are $2.49 million under the salary cap. They also have plenty of ways to create room, if needed. They could sign center Ryan Kalil to a long-term deal and get him off the $10.1 million franchise tender. They also could restructure contracts of veterans like Chris Gamble, Jordan Gross and Steve Smith.

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are $29.6 million under the cap. The good news is they don’t have the most cap room in the league. Kansas City ($33 million) now holds that honor. If you want to include all the guys under contract, which is how the cap is calculated for the regular season, the Bucs would have only $13.7 million available.