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Packers to start free agency with $7 million in cap room

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Green Bay Packers have about $7 million in salary-cap space just a day before the start of free agency, which is Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Packers were about $5.4 million under the $120.6 million cap today and then picked up an extra $1.6 million when the NFL took about $46 million in cap space from Washington ($36 million) and (Dallas $10 million) for breaking league cap rules in 2010 and distributed it evenly throughout the rest of the league. Washington and Dallas can spread the cap losses as they choose over the next two seasons. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the league warned teams at least six times in 2010 that there would be serious penalties for dumping excessive salaries into the 2011 season, which did not have a salary cap, to make more cap room for 2012 and beyond. The league determined that Washington and Dallas were the most blatant violators and took cap space from the teams. The cap room then was divided equally among 28 teams ó New Orleans and Oakland also broke those rules but were penalized only by not sharing in the space taken from the Redskins and Cowboys. The Packers and 27 other teams received an extra $1.6 million each. The Packers have seven unrestricted free agents: quarterback Matt Flynn, center Scott Wells, defensive back Jarrett Bush, cornerback Pat Lee, running back Ryan Grant, defensive lineman Howard Green and outside linebacker Erik Walden. Itís a given Flynn will sign with another team for a chance to be the starter, but itís unclear how much guaranteed money heíll get as opposed to incentives because of his short resume. Heís started only two games. Another factor is how long Peyton Manning takes to sign with a new team. The Indianapolis Colts cut him late last week, and heís still relatively early in a search that could take up to a week or even more before he signs with a new team. The teams that pursue but donít land Manning then might be interested in Flynn. The teams vying for Manning appear to be Arizona, Denver, Miami, Tennessee, San Francisco and Houston. Kansas City and Seattle also expressed interest, but Manning has removed them from consideration.  

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