Austerity seems to be the big word nowadays. From the European Union to the Pittsburgh Steelers, countries and NFL teams are paying for their past sins and are now forced to cut back.
Yes, even the NFL isn't immune from austerity measures. While the league itself is awash in cash, some teams have spent like drunken sailors the past few years and have woken up with a wicked hangover.
By digging themselves into a cap hole, these teams may be forced to cut key veterans. Furthermore, they won't have the cash to re-sign their young stars or fill gaps in their roster with free agents.
Although trying to get exact salary cap information is about as easy as determining our national debt, most sources are consistent as to what teams are in cap holes.
Indeed, for these teams, the time has come to pay the piper.