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The link is: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/new...%3fid%3d4341176

The title of the article is: FBO: NFC South salary-cap analysis

I don't know if it will be a good article but it seems like it could be very interesting and I'd like to see what they've got on the Falcons' situation. I'm sure others would like to see this too.

Please just copy+paste the article in here or start a new thread with it.

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nevermind, thank you Polar Bear Jones: http://life.atlantafalcons.com/index.php?showtopic=3852121

Updated: July 20, 2009, 5:01 PM ET

FBO: NFC South salary-cap analysisThese players' price tags put them under pressure to produceComment Email Print Share By J.I. Halsell

Football Outsiders

Archive Over the next few weeks, Football Outsiders will look at the salary cap of each NFL team, division by division -- including the player under the greatest pressure to live up to his salary-cap number in 2009. Today, we look at the NFC South and AFC South.

Most fullbacks, including Mughelli, aren't worth $3 million.

ATLANTA FALCONS

2009 Salary Cap: $129,197,000

Player with Highest Cap Number: QB Matt Ryan ($9,907,280; 7.7 percent of cap)

Highest Cap Number for a Player No Longer with Club: QB Michael Vick ($7,110,000; 5.5 percent of cap; third-highest on club)

Player Who Has to Live Up to Cap Number: FB Ovie Mughelli ($3,240,613; 2.5 percent of cap; ninth-highest on club)

Unless you're a fullback like Baltimore's Le'Ron McClain, who serves in a quasi-tailback role, it's hard to quantify the effectiveness of someone at that position. And in the era of the Wildcat and spread offenses, a lot has been made of the diminishing role of this position in football. When a fullback has a cap number in excess of $3 million, as Mughelli does, it is easy to think that this is perhaps not the most efficient use of Atlanta's cap space. To put Mughelli's cap number into perspective, consider that his fullback peers in the NFC South (Carolina's Brad Hoover, New Orleans' Heath Evans and Tampa's B.J. Askew) all have 2009 cap numbers less than $1.2 million.

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Delhomme's contract runs until he's 39.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

2009 Salary Cap: $129,832,443

Player with Highest Cap Number: DE Julius Peppers ($19,418,000; 15.0 percent of cap)

Highest Cap Number for a Player No Longer with Club: CB Ken Lucas ($8,330,000; 6.4 percent of cap; fourth-highest on club)

Player Who Has to Live Up to Cap Number: QB Jake Delhomme ($8,591,670; 6.6 percent of cap; third-highest cap number on club)

2009 was set to be Delhomme's final contract year. Then, in late April, Delhomme and Carolina agreed to a three-year contract extension (with options to make it a five-year extension) that guarantees Delhomme $19 million. The 34-year-old Delhomme is now signed through age 39. A $19 million guarantee at this stage of his career, coupled with his questionable productivity in 2008, is a windfall for Delhomme. By comparison, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner also got a $19 million guarantee this offseason. Unlike Delhomme, he is coming off a trip to the Super Bowl.

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Bush's playmaking skills aren't worth $12 million.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

2009 Salary Cap: $140,980,735

Player with Highest Cap Number: QB Drew Brees ($14,000,000; 9.9 percent of cap)

Highest Cap Number for a Player No Longer with Club: RB Deuce McAllister ($2,836,665; 2.0 percent of cap; 15th-highest on club)

Player Who Has to Live Up to Cap Number: RB Reggie Bush ($12,090,720; 8.6 percent of cap; second-highest on club)

Has Bush shown flashes of the playmaking ability he exhibited on the collegiate level? Absolutely. However, does he warrant a $12 million cap number? Absolutely not, based upon what he has shown through his first three years in the league. A player who isn't even the starting running back on his team, Bush has a cap number that rivals franchise quarterbacks. Given his 2010 and 2011 cap numbers of $13.49 million and $16 million, it will be interesting to see if Bush is a member of the Saints by 2011. Unless there is a drastic improvement in his play, look for the Saints to do a serious reworking of Bush's contract.

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Bryant's franchise tag makes him pricey.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

2009 Salary Cap: $150,624,193

Player with Highest Cap Number: WR Antonio Bryant ($9,890,760; 6.6 percent of cap)

Highest Cap Number for a Player No Longer with Club: WR Joey Galloway ($1,185,000; 0.8 percent of cap; 29th-highest on club)

Player Who Has to Live Up to Cap Number: Bryant

In 2008, Bryant made his return to the NFL after a year away from the game, signing a one-year contract with Tampa Bay. In his return, Bryant had a career year, catching 83 balls for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns, all career highs. This offseason the Bucs slapped the franchise tag on him. Perhaps before they make a significant multiyear investment in the wide receiver with a checkered past, the Bucs want Bryant to prove that 2008 was not a fluke both on and off the field.

J.I. Halsell, a former salary cap analyst for the Washington Redskins, now covers the salary cap for Football Outsiders.

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