Salary Cap Clarification [Updated]

by: Chris Sullivan

Well, a few of you wanted more precise numbers for the 2009 salary cap information I posted yesterday–no problemo. First, thanks to reader Jesse for a couple links that allowed me to pull this info together. You can download the spreadsheet here. I will also break down the list a bit more, later on.
I went through all of our current roster spots and checked who counted what and where. Here we go:

OFFENSE

Grouping # Players Salary Cap Hit
Quarterbacks 4 $7,210,000 $11,810,000
Running Backs 6 $5,220,000 $9,744,000
Wide Receivers 10 $8,500,000 $11,666,667
Tight Ends 3 $423,000 $1,048,000
Offensive Line 14 $13,680,000 $24,909,023
TOTAL 37 $35,033,000 $59,177,690

DEFENSE

Grouping # Players Salary Cap Hit
Defensive Line 11 $7,755,000 $14,610,417
Linebackers 8 $8,695,000 $15,852,442
Defensive Backs 11 $8,300,000 $21,224,584
TOTAL 30 $24,750,000 $51,687,443

TOTAL

Grouping # Players Salary Cap Hit
OFFENSE 37 $35,033,000 $59,177,690
DEFENSE 30 $24,750,000 $51,687,443
TOTAL 67 $59,783,000 $110,865,133
SALARY CAP (estimated) $123,000,000

So, there you go–we’re looking at approximately $12,135,000 in cap space going into the offseason.
UPDATE: I somehow missed specialists in that number. The team is paying $2,765,163 in specialist money, meaning we’re very close to that $9 million we’d heard about before: $9,369,704. I don’t think we will keep Mare though, which would free up $1.5M. ~END~
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