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Falcons Have Over $10.7 Million Tied Up In Cut Players


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According to Over The Cap, the Atlanta Falcons have a bit under $11 million of the $143.28 million available cap space used on players no longer on the roster.

The NFL's cap space continues to skyrocket, and is a pretty impressive $143.28 million. The Atlanta Falcons have had some turnover this offseason under new head coach Dan Quinn, and according to Over The Cap, have $10.713 million dedicated to players that will not play for the team (except for Ricardo Allen).

Does that sound like a lot of money? The biggest problems are along Atlanta's offensive line, a statement that has been said so many times in the last few years that the phrase has lost all meaning. Cutting beloved Justin Blalock accounts for $4.12 million of that. Jiminy-jilkers! Sam Baker will have a bigger hit next year, but is the second biggest culprit after taking up $2.8 million in 2015 cap space.

The rest of the big names rounding out the list are Harry Douglas, Steven Jackson, Prince Shembo, and Ricardo Allen.

How does this number stack up around the league?

The Falcons easily have the best cap situation in the NFC South. You will NOT be shocked to learn that the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 31st and 32nd, both dedicating over $21 million to players too scrubby to play on their scrubby teams. The Panthers have about $1.5 million more dead money than Atlanta.

Which puts Atlanta at just below average. The Falcons have the 18th best (or 14th worst) dead money situations in the league, which is pretty impressive with a new coach who has made a few big name cuts. Without freeing themselves from Baker, and getting rid of Blalock for scheme purposes, Atlanta would be right around top five with the lowest dead money in the league.

Some appreciation should go to Dimitroff, who has kept the team out of cap trouble during his tenure. Additionally, the team has plenty of cap space they can carry over, or even use to extend a few players to give the team additional room down the line.

http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2015/7/10/8910017/falcons-have-over-10-7-million-tied-up-in-cut-players

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Justin Blalock was beloved? Is he the same one that has garnered virtually zero interest from any other team but was being payed like a top tier interior linemen?

He was beloved HERE because for years, he was our best, and often our ONLY reliable blocker.

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Justin Blalock was beloved? Is he the same one that has garnered virtually zero interest from any other team but was being payed like a top tier interior linemen?

I took it as an Asante type situation. Asante got offers after he left us, but they were for low paying, backup veteran, type jobs. He wanted to start, and be paid like it. I think that it was the same with Blalock. Faced with the choice of taking that role, or retiring, he chose the latter. That's just my opinion though.

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I took it as an Asante type situation. Asante got offers after he left us, but they were for low paying, backup veteran, type jobs. He wanted to start, and be paid like it. I think that it was the same with Blalock. Faced with the choice of taking that role, or retiring, he chose the latter. That's just my opinion though.

I hope so. He should have still had a few years where he should have been able to make a roster and probably compete to start on G needy teams. But idk.
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Well, there are 18 teams worse than us. A lot of those didn't have a coaching/scheme change. I would expect a lot of teams with coaching changes have a lot of dead money from cut players.

Seahawks and cowboys are below us, everyone else below us has horrible rosters but not many have coaching or scheme changes.

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It sounds like a lot of money until you hear that it puts us right around average. Dimitroff may not even the best drafter but he has been good with the cap

I keep hearing here how great TD is with the cap, but our record last two years would kinda argue against that, wouldn't it? And losing Grimes/Lofton/Abe as quasi cap casualties didn't turn out so great, did it?

Not saying TD suks at cap, but he's been far from perfect there either.

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I really thought it would be more... TD has done a great job with the cap looking at next year as well.... LOL Stains and their back loaded contrast.....

2015 Base Salary Cap: $143,280,000 NFC South

Team Cap Space # Team Salary Cap Cap Spending Dead Money

Buccaneers $19,863,451 90 $144,348,289 $103,233,658 $21,251,180

Falcons $16,192,180 89 $145,687,215 $118,781,155 $10,713,880

Panthers $14,245,708 90 $148,810,037 $122,368,749 $12,195,580

Saints $2,947,319 92 $144,530,830 $119,912,208 $21,671,303

http://overthecap.com/salary-cap-space/


2016 Base Salary Cap: $150,000,000 NFC South

Team Cap Space # Team Salary Cap Cap Spending Dead Money

Buccaneers $53,030,504 58 $150,000,000 $96,969,496 $0

Falcons $31,552,812 66 $150,000,000 $112,045,854 $6,401,334

Panthers $19,577,137 46 $150,000,000 $128,822,196 $1,600,667

Saints ($5,363,864) 56 $150,000,000 $155,360,264 $3,600

http://overthecap.com/salary-cap-space/

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I keep hearing here how great TD is with the cap, but our record last two years would kinda argue against that, wouldn't it? And losing Grimes/Lofton/Abe as quasi cap casualties didn't turn out so great, did it?

Not saying TD suks at cap, but he's been far from perfect there either.

Lofton?........ C'Mon Vandy.....laugh.png

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I keep hearing here how great TD is with the cap, but our record last two years would kinda argue against that, wouldn't it? And losing Grimes/Lofton/Abe as quasi cap casualties didn't turn out so great, did it?

Not saying TD suks at cap, but he's been far from perfect there either.

Not saying that he's perfect but there are teams worse than the Falcons and in cap trouble. He has screwed this team with his drafting but this year when they finally decided to draft right and do alright in free agency they had the money to do so
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