As we count down the days until the start of training camp, let’s take a look at the current salary-cap situation for each NFC South team.
The Atlanta Falcons are $6.3 million under the cap. First-round draft pick Desmond Trufant remains unsigned, but the issue that stands out even more is the status of quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcons want to sign him to a contract extension and it’s likely he’ll be one of the league’s highest-paid quarterbacks. But the Falcons could end up freeing up some cap space for this year if they structure a potential deal with Ryan properly.
The Carolina Panthers are $9.7 million under the cap. I think you still could see the Panthers add a veteran defensive back or two. But I think Carolina wants to “carry over’’ a good chunk of its space to help ease the 2014 cap situation.
The New Orleans Saints are $5.17 million under the cap. That’s the lowest figure in the division. But the Saints might not be done yet. They still could look to add a pass-rusher after losing linebacker Victor Butler to injury during the offseason program.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are $18.27 million under the cap. They still could add depth at a few positions, but I’m not expecting anything major from the outside. The Bucs want to get receiver Mike Williams signed to a contract extension. They also want to carry over a good bit of their space to next year because they already have $119 million committed toward the 2014 cap.