NFL Free Agency 2014: Advice for League's Cash-Strapped Teams

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NFL Free Agency 2014: Advice for League's Cash-Strapped Teams
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With free agency set to begin on March 11, teams have less than two weeks to get their initial salary cap numbers in order. A majority of the teams will be sitting pretty when unrestricted free agents hit the market, yet that's not the case for every organization.

There are a handful of teams that have put themselves in a bad salary cap predicament. Poorly structured contracts, years of dismal drafting and misses in free agency are all examples of things that can put teams behind the eight ball.

Luckily, inadequate decisions aren't permanent in the NFL. Teams can restructure contracts, ask players to take pay cuts and part ways with underperforming individuals. All of those things offer salary cap relief for the franchises that need it.

Let's take a look at the five of the most cash-strapped teams and offer them some advice on how to get their finances in order.


Note: Financial and salary-cap information for the teams in this piece come courtesy of Also, the salary cap floor is expected to go up this year, but no official number has been given at this time.

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