The Rams got their man in the first round of this years draft. Carriker will come in and be an iunstant starter most likely and he will help out on an improving defense.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
With an average of 7.2 million needed in salary cap space to sign one's draft picks last year, and that number expected to be closer to 8 million this year, here is the salary cap status of all 32 teams: 1. Minnesota, $25.0 million 2. Buffalo, $22.6 million 3. Cleveland, $21.8 million 4. Tennessee, $19.6 million 5. Green Bay, $15.8 million 6. San Francisco, $13.7 million 7. Jacksonville, $12.9 million 8. Dallas, $11.9 million 9. St. Louis, $11.2 million 10. New Orleans, $11.1 million 11. Philadelphia, $10.4 million 12. New York Jets, $10.1 million 13. Miami, $8.9 million 14. Oakland, $8.3 million 15. Cincinnati, $7.8 million 16. Carolina, $7.0 million 17. Seattle, $6.6 million 18. San Diego, $6.4 million 19. New England, $6.3 million 20. Denver, $5.9 million 21. New York Giants, $5.8 million 22. Chicago, $5.1 million 23. Tampa Bay, $4.9 million 24. Kansas City, $4.6 million 25. Washington, $3.9 million 26. Indianapolis, $3.7 million 27. Baltimore, $3.6 million 28. Detroit, $3.6 million 29. Atlanta, $3.1 million 30. Arizona, $2.8 million 31. Houston, $2.6 million 32. Pittsburgh, $1.4 million.
Obviously, the Rams do have some cap. If they sign Corey Dillon or trade for Kris Jenkins before the draft, they won't have quite as much but should be fine. If the plan for the first round is defensive line, here may be some numbers fans can look into: Last year, the Eagles drafted DT, BrodrickBunkley 14th overall. Bunkley signed a 6 year, $17.5 million contract. The deal included $7.46 million in guarantees. The overall worth can expand to as much as $25.1 million if all escalators are reached. Also last year, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted DE, Tamba Hali 20th overall. Hali signed a five year deal that totaled around $4 million If the plan does go to a WR, the only one WR drafted in the first round was Santonio Holmes, 25th overall. Holmes signed a five-year, $8.11 million contract. The deal includes $5.42 million in bonuses.
If they go the defensive route in round one, it will save a bunch of money towards the cap. But with roster cuts to come, they should be under cap at season start even with whoever they chose to draft.