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NFL Free Agency and Trades: 5 Teams with Most to Spend to Reach Salary Floor

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IJuly 27, 2011

NFL Free Agency and Trades: 5 Teams with Most to Spend to Reach Salary Floor

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    Under the new salary cap rules there are teams that have been positively effected, and teams that have felt the burn of a new structure.

    Today I am going to talk about five teams that have the most to spend to reach that salary cap floor, and what could possibly come from it.

    Keep in mind that there are several other teams that could be mentioned, but these fab five simply take the cake.

Washington Redskins

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    How’s this for a scenario. The Redskins have just about $47 million dollars to spend in order to REACH the minimum floor requirements which basically means owner Daniel Snyder HAS to whip out the check book.

    The Redskins need an elite wide receiver more than anything, and could even entertain throwing their hat in to the mix for a veteran QB if they get rid of McNabb.

    And if Snyder acquires the right players, this team who is widely expected to not even reach .500 could become a viable competitor in the NFC.

Arizona Cardinals

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    The Cardinals are another team that are finding themselves in a great position under the new salary cap era.

    The Cardinals payroll is roughly $85 million dollars giving them about $35 million in spending room to reach the minimum floor.

    The obvious mention here is the fact that the Cardinals need a starting quarterback bad. And with an absorbent amount of money to spend, the Cardinals could not only acquire Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton or whomever, but they could use the rest of the cash for tying up any loose ends they see fit.

Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seahawks have roughly $37 million dollars to spend to reach the floor, and have already used a bit of it to acquire Tarvaris Jackson from Minnesota.

    One may ask why, but consider this.

    The Seahawks also need a left guard and still have plenty of cash to go after Raiders guard Robert gallery, which would really make things interesting in the wild, wild west.

Carolina Panthers

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    The Panthers had roughly $50 million dollars to play around with and the first ting they did was re-sign DE Charles Johnson which was number one on the list.

    This is good news for the Panthers, but it may turn out to be bad news for DeAngelo Williams if he was hoping to stay.

    The Panthers are likely to target LB Thomas Davis and CB Richard Marshall for the long-term, leaving Williams the odd man out.

    But it’s ok because the consensus is, the Broncos will soon enough make a run for Williams, and if not Denver, someone!

Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Eagles were literally a stone’s throw away from the Super Bowl last year, and most fo the pieces are there to make another run.

    In addition to the already established piece, is another $25 million dollars to play around with, which could land them several positional players.

    Among the names being thrown around are Albert Haynesworth, Nnamdi Asomugha and even Plaxico Burress, which all sounds a little fishy to me.

    I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if the Eagles stayed true to their frugal ways and went after Vikings linebacker Ben Leber since they are a bit thin at the position, and Leber has proven himself to be a highly stable multi-positional player at LB.

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