NFC South salary-cap squeeze

I just got a look at the up-to-date salary-cap figures from around the league and the NFC South remains in a financial jam.

There have been some other numbers floating around recently, but they weren’t completely up to date. The latest numbers include Tampa Bay’s re-signing of Ronde Barber and DeMar Dotson, Atlanta’s re-signing of Todd McClure, the deals New Orleans made with linebackers Curtis Lofton and Chris Chamberlain and Carolina’s trade of Mike Goodson to Oakland for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell. These cap figures are based on the top 51 cap figures for each team, which is how the league calculates cap figures in the offseason.

The Panthers actually cleared up almost $200,000 by trading for Campbell, but they still have the least amount of cap space of any team in the league.

The Panthers are only $707,000 below the salary cap. No other team has less than $1 million in cap space, but a couple of NFC South teams are just behind the Panthers.

The New Orleans Saints are second in least amount of cap space at $1.4 million. The Atlanta Falcons are fourth at $1.66 million.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only NFC South team without major cap issues. After the Barber and Dotson deals, the Bucs have $15.7 million in cap space.