NFC South salary-cap check

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers freed up $1.75 million in salary-cap space by trading running back LeGarrette Blount to the New England Patriots during the NFL draft.

That leaves the Buccaneers $19.024 million under this year’s salary cap. Only four teams have more room. Tampa Bay still could make a move or two in free agency, but I wouldn’t expect anything flashy. The Bucs will need somewhere between $3 million and $4 million to sign their draft picks and they also are likely to give receiver Mike Williams a front-loaded contract extension. The Bucs likely will try to carry over about $10 million in cap room to 2014.

The rest of the NFC South teams don’t have nearly as much cap room as the Bucs. The Carolina Panthers are $5.28 million under the cap. That’s enough to sign the draft picks, but the Panthers won’t have much room left over.

The New Orleans Saints are $3.1 million under the cap. We still could see some contract restructures or releases. The Atlanta Falcons are $2.18 million under the cap. The Falcons will have to free up a little cap space just to be able to sign their draft picks.