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Looking at 2012 salary cap

By Pat Yasinskas

ESPN.com

A question came up in Friday’s NFC South chat about where the Carolina Panthers are in relation to the 2012 salary cap.

Let’s go into a little more detail on that now. At the moment, and this will change, the Panthers have $124 million committed toward the 2012 cap. That’s No. 3 in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers ($141.7 million) are No. 1 and the Oakland Raiders ($136 million) are No. 2.

The league average for 2012 cap room now stands right about $105 million. The New Orleans Saints are the only other NFC South team above the league average and they’re only slightly over it. The Saints are at $106 million and let’s remember the Saints almost certainly will be signing Drew Brees to a massive deal at some point.

For those who like to blame everything wrong with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on ownership being cheap, that argument doesn’t really apply as we look ahead to 2012. I’m seeing six teams with more 2012 cap room than the Bucs, who are at $91.533 million. Tampa Bay's number also is going to climb after this season because the Bucs are playing a lot of young players who have escalator clauses in their contracts that kick in if certain requirements on playing time are met.

One of the teams well below the average is the Atlanta Falcons. They’re sitting at $89.3 million. The Cincinnati Bengals ($71.2 million) have the least committed toward the 2012 cap.

http://espn.go.com/b...2012-salary-cap

Looks like we are sitting pretty on re-signing our own players and maybe one more piece.

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Yeah but no one to break the bank.

That's the thing. We have $89M committed as of now. Basically, we will have around $40M to work with. The most expensive will be Grimes and Lofton. After that, Abe and Tony would be next but they won't command that much at their age. They just want to win. So it won't be as bad as people are assuming.

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After today, I think our biggest need is DE. We could not get consistent pressure on Yates and when Abe would come out to rest, we got 0 pressure. Ask the Giants how their front 4 makes their secondary look good. We need to get pressure constantly with the front four

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After today, I think our biggest need is DE. We could not get consistent pressure on Yates and when Abe would come out to rest, we got 0 pressure. Ask the Giants how their front 4 makes their secondary look good. We need to get pressure constantly with the front four

I actually feel like its the DT position not getting enough pressure.. Ive seen QB's have to step up but no pass rush up the middle when teams double team Babs

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Abe is making $8MM right now. He won't be seeing that next year. Resign him and go after Robert Mathis or Matt Roth. Then, if Abe is out of gas, you have Mathis/Roth, Edwards, Biermann, and Sid and we draft a DE early.

that's going to be way too much money.

This year's cap:

Mathis: 2.4 Mil

Roth: 3 Mil

Edwards: 6 Mil

Biermann: 555,000

Sid: 565,000

Abraham: 8 Mil

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After today, I think our biggest need is DE. We could not get consistent pressure on Yates and when Abe would come out to rest, we got 0 pressure. Ask the Giants how their front 4 makes their secondary look good. We need to get pressure constantly with the front four

I think a major reason why we don't get pressure is that QBs are usually extremely decisive when they play us. They have seen that soft zone that we run a billion times on tape and know exactly who to throw to because of it. i rarely see QBs have to look to their 2nd and 3rd reads against our defense. That makes it extremely difficult to rush the passer because QBs are often getting the ball out relatively quickly.

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