Originally Posted by Texn4life
One of the guys more familiar with the cap would know better than me, but I think we have to leave some for rookie signings.
Yes, we do. But the rookies salaries are pretty much locked in and not very negotiable. Add that to the fact that we're drafting relatively late, the contracts for the rookies aren't going to be that big.
IIRC, we had $11 million of cap space. We were expecting Reed to take about $6 million of that space this year. Along with Lechler's signing, THAT would leave us enough room for nothing but signing the rookies and vet-minimum contracts without someone re-structuring. But if we've got an extra $2.7 million, that means we might still be able to get one of the better free agents still on the market. (And of course, we can always restructure someone.)