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Nix expecting big cuts around NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2012 – 11:38 am

There have been some prominent NFL names that have already been released by NFL clubs in the past week to help teams create more cap space. However, Bills GM Buddy Nix doesn’t believe the big name cuts around the league are over yet.

In an interview with Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Nix thinks there are still some surprises in store prior to the 4 pm deadline for clubs to be under the cap.

“There are going to be some guys announced at 4 o’clock to hit free agency that’ll shock some people,” Nix said. “People will let them go. There are some teams that went into this year thinking that the cap was going to be more (higher) after the CBA. Our guys kept telling us it was going to be flat and it is, so I think you’ll see some shockers released at 4.”

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Report on Bills cap space

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2012 – 11:11 am’s Jason LaCanfora has listed the up to date cap space for each of the 32 NFL teams heading into free agency today. Here’s what the Bills have to work with.

Per LaCanfora’s report the Bills have $23 million in cap space. That ranks as eighth-most. Here are the teams that have more cap space than Buffalo.

1 – Tampa Bay $44.9M
2 – Denver $42.3M
3 – Cincinnati $39M
4 – Jacksonville $34.5M
5 – Seattle $27.7M
6 – Tennessee $25M
7 – Chicago $23.5M

LaCanfora also noted that the salary cap space penalties assessed to the Redskins and Cowboys were not accounted for in these calculations, which would add $1.6M in cap space to these teams including Buffalo.

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Skins out of VJax running?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2012 – 8:18 pm

The Washington Redskins have long been rumored to be major players for free agent WR Vincent Jackson, but in light of Monday’s report that they’ve been docked $36 million in cap space by the league, one wonders if they’ll be able to compete for a free agent receiver that will cost as much as Jackson.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Redskins and Cowboys were both docked cap space for improperly front loading contracts in 2010 during the uncapped year. Since all of their contracts were accepted by the league office, it’s hard to ascertain how this alleged violation will be enforced once the free agent bidding begins Tuesday at 4 pm.

The Redskins had $40 million in cap space this offseason to work with, but this kind of a cap hit could be crippling even though the Redskins can spread the $36M docking over this season and next season. The Cowboys were hit with a $10 million dollar blow to their cap space.

It’s hard to see the Redskins and Cowboys taking a sideline seat in free agency knowing their owners are two of the heavy-hitters when it comes to spending in the free agent market. But their $44M in docked space is reportedly going to the other 30 teams and divided equally. So their space per the league isn’t there to utilize. Things sound very fluid, but if the league is taking a firm stance on this there’s no way the Redskins can make a play for Vincent Jackson as has been reported.

UPDATE: One league source has informed me that the Redskins plan to fight it, but if enforced will move as much as $27M of that lost cap space into next year to stay under the cap. I’m also hearing that Jackson is not a player that’s going to be actively pursued by Washington, but we’ll see.

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