Detroit went from being $1,474,552 under the cap on January 29th to being $1,468,952 under the cap today. They lost $5,600 in available cap space in that time, and went from being ranked 21st in the NFL in available cap space ten days ago, to being ranked 22nd today (the Lions switched places with the Jets, who are now ranked 21st ahead of Detroit). The Saints went from being $623,917 under the cap ten days ago, to being $629,917 under it today. The Saints gained $6,000 in cap room between January 29th and today. They are still ranked 29th at .
The figures for the 30 other teams in the league have remained constant since January 29th. The Giants are ranked last in the NFL with only $17,447 in remaining cap space to end the 2013 season. The Super Bowl runners-up, the Denver Broncos, finished the season ranked 11th in the NFL in this category with $6,456,880 in remaining cap space to end the season (the post-season doesn't count towards the cap for those who are wondering). The newly crowned Super Bowl champions for the 2013 season, the Seattle Seahawks, finished the season ranked 15th in the league with $2,845,003 in available cap space to end the regular season. These numbers for the two Super Bowl participants tell us two things:
- High quality teams like the Seahawks--and 49ers for that matter--with young QBs playing under their rookie contracts have a distinct advantage with respect to being able to develop depth. Of course, once Russell Wilson's rookie contract expires after the 2015 season, their cap paradigm will change significantly.
- Teams with veteran Franchise QBs with a past history as a champion and former Super Bowl MVP and multiple League MVP take up a significant amount of cap space. As a result, the draft becomes doubly important to make up for not only depth, but quality young and cheap labor to fill out the rest of the roster, something which is clearly lacking with the Giants' roster at this point in time, as evidenced by the second half of the 2012 season, and the entire 2013 season.
As of now, I'm 99% sure that I'll only do one or two more of these updates for the 2013 season. If I only do one more, then I'll aim to make next weekend the last week that I update these figures for 2013, and then turn the page to 2014. If I do two more, then I'll do one next week, and the last one the week after. Without further ado, here are the 2013 cap figures for all 32 teams in the NFL as of today, February 8th, 2014:
In order of most cap space to least cap space: