Where NFC West Teams Stand Under The New Salary Cap

July 22, 2011 by

The NFL owners have agreed to their own proposal, now it’s off to the NFLPA. ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFLPA will not vote on the proposal until Friday. Most players, like Pittsburgh Steelers safety, just want a fair deal to be struck.

“Done talking about football, CBA, & arguing about how much $ I make! I want to play & I want to leave this game better than when I came in!” — Ryan Clark via Twitter .

Whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is sign, sealed, and locked in, free agency looms right around the corner. Several teams, under the new salary cap, will have to shed several million dollars just to get under the new cap. Under the new agreement the salary cap in 2011 will be $120 million, according and confirmed by ESPN.com.

Down from $128 million last season, when teams can begin to re-sign their own free agents seven teams will be over the cap. Pittsburgh, Oakland, New York (Jets and Giants), Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Dallas will all be over the cap when the 72-hour re-signing window opens.

The NFC West is one of the strongest divisions when it comes to salary cap room. With an average of $32.7 million under the cap, the NFC West is expected to be a hot topic once free agency starts.

Here is how the NFC West stands under the new salary cap.

Arizona Cardinals $37.3 million, San Francisco 49ers $18.9 million, Seattle Seahawks $39 million and the St. Louis Rams $35.6 million.

With high profile names such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Kevin Kolb, Sydney Rice, and others expect all four teams to vastly improve via free agency this offseason.

Here’s the remaining teams and where they stand according to ESPN.com:

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