Originally Posted by Second Honeymoon
Until last year the Titans had always been near the bottom and clearly under the salary cap. I remember in 2007 they were 31st in spending only beating out Buffalo at 32nd.
Salary cap isn't really indicative of what a team is spending. You need to look at payroll. A team could sign a Haynesworth to a contract with a $10 mil signing bonus and vet minimum first year with a $10 mil roster bonus due in the 2nd year - on a 7 year deal. The first year cap will only be about $1.5 mil but the team has spent $10.5 mil. The Texans for instance have often been under the salary cap and that with lots of dead money, but if you look at their payroll they have been near the top of the league.