I have decided to make a thread dedicated to cap numbers, and how this relates to our off-season. This is very important, because everyone seems to have all these dreams of who we should acquire, or who we should resign. I feel it would be a great asset to us, if we were informed of the numbers involved. in 2009, the salary cap was 127 Million I do believe. The AVG increase of the cap these says is around 17%. This means if there is a cap in 2011 it will be around $148 Million **ROUGH ESTIMATE**

Now if we look at our roster, our cap number (NOT INCLUDING FREE AGENTS) is around 118 Million. Now the fun begins, and we get to go over what people might be worth in 2011.

My guess to how much it would cost to bring these guys back

Brodney Pool - 2011 projected base salary: 1.4 Million
Antonio Cromartie - 2011 projected base salary: 6 Million       X
Santonio Holmes - 2011 projected base salary: 8 Million
Braylon Edwards   - 2011 projected base salary: 7 Million        X
Brad Smith - 2011 projected base salary: 1.8 Million              X
Robert Turner - 2011 projected base salary: .5 Million
Wayne Hunter - 2011 projected base salary: 1.5 Million
Drew Coleman - 2011 projected base salary: 1.1 Million         X
Shaun Ellis - 2011 projected base salary: 4 Million                 X
Eric Smith - 2011 projected base salary: .6 Million
David Harris - 2011 projected base salary: 9.8 Million
Kellen Clemens - 2011 projected base salary: 1 Million          
James Ihedigbo - 2011 projected base salary: .5 Million         X
Steve Weatherford - 2011 projected base salary: .5 Million

If we sign all these guys it would add up to about 41 Million. That would put our cap number around 159 Million and unable to sign any draft picks or free agents. No Good! Now I am going to put X's next to the guys I think we can lose, and save the most money. This would add up to about 23.3 Million and bring our cap number to about 141.3 Million This would mean 6.7 Million rationed out for both the draft prospects and free agents. We are going to need more money. This means cutting people that we already have, or restructuring contracts. I don't know how restructuring works so work with me a little with these estimates.

Bart Scott : .5 Million
Kris Jenkins : .5 Million
Bryan Thomas : .5 Million

There is 1.5 Million more to play with. Now who do we cut?

Gholston, Vernon We save .5 Million
Tomlinson, LaDainian We save 2.4 Million
Taylor, Jason We save 2.2 Million
Hartsock, Ben We save 1.6 Million
Brunell, Mark We save 1.3 Million
Woody, Damien We save 3.2 Million

Well there is another 11.2 Million...Plus the 1.5 Million from restructuring and we have 12.7 Million... add that to the other 6.7 Million and we have 19.4 Million for the draft and free agents. This is more to my liking. The Draft should cost us around 6 or 7 Million. Now we have 12 million or so to spend on Free agents. This means no Nnamdi. How can we get our moneys worth for 12 Million?

Jason Snelling : .6 Million RB
Kamerion Wimbley : 4 Million OLB/DE
Malcom Floyd : 3 Million WR
Chris Carr : 2.5 Million CB

Total: 10.1 Million. Remaining 1.9 Million. I think it is safe to have a little bit of room between our cap total and the cap. This is about as accurate as I can get. I hope there is a season and a cap so I didn't just do all of this for nothing. Of course I don't know exactly what free agents are going to go for, but I gave rough estimates. If I had my way, we would also be dangerously close to the cap ceiling, but still under

Here is my mock draft now. I made picks based on the moves above.

Round 1: Ryan Kerrigan DE/OLB Purdue: The Jets scouts were very high on Kerrigan at the Senior bowl. Even though I have us getting Wimbley, if Ryan falls to us, I think we grab him... much like we when we grabbed Kyle Wilson after getting Cro.

Quick off the snap. Powerful and explosive rusher. Does not have elite speed, but shows a great deal of suddenness in short areas. Does a good job of getting underneath linemen and bending the corner.  Closing burst is amazing. Quarterbacks rarely get away once he gets around linemen. Has the ability to use leverage and strength to walk lineman back into the quarterback. Has the knack for causing the quarterback to fumble. Caused 11 fumbles in two years. Lacks the athleticism to quickly change directions and needs to work on counter moves

Round 3: Kendric Burney CB N. Carolina : Rex loves his CBs and could use some depth if we lose Cro and Coleman.

Burney began impressing scouts at the Senior Bowl. He was one of the toughest corners and showed great footwork and movement. During a week of practice where he had to go up against some quality receivers, Burney certainly helped his stock. His lack of size is still an issue, but there is no reason to believe he cannot be a fine special teams player and a quality nickelback.

Round 4: Kenrick Ellis NT Hampton : Pouha is a great guy to fill in for Jenkins, but he is not so young, and not the same kind of player that Jenkins is. Ellis has the potential to be that kind of player.

Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton...Potts might have been the best quarterback in San Antonio, but Ellis was clearly the best player. The 6-5, 336-pound former South Carolina star who landed on his feet at Hampton has been a dominant performer throughout his MEAC career and carried that over against the better competition at the NFLPA practices and game.

Round 5:  Greg Salas WR Hawaii : Salas and Pat Turner can fight it out for the last WR spot on the team.

Steady hands, reliable, catches the ball away from his body... Catches everything that he is supposed to... Solid route runner, cuts well at the top of the stem... Intelligent player, understands his routes and how to get separation despite not being the fastest player on the field... Good runner after the catch, creative in the open field and can make a big play out of nothing... Great body control, adjusts well to poorly thrown balls... Crazy production at Hawaii, has accumulated 225 receptions for 3479 yards and 26 touchdowns over the past two years... Consistent performer, only had one game in 2010 with under 60 yards (against Boise State)... Fearless receiver, will work the middle of the field and is not afraid of getting hit.

Round 6: Steve Schilling G Michigan : I and a few other pundits have Woody getting the axe, and Duccase and Hunter fight it out for the RT position. This leaves the backup G position vacant.

Solid athlete... Carriers his weight well... Heady, good football IQ... Versatile... Good length but arms are a little short... Very solid pass blocker... Good short area quickness... Very solid lateral movement and slide... Does a nice job staying low and maintain pad level... Good quick hand punch... Solid run blocker... Keeps his legs driving on contact... Can get some movement in the running game... Can get to the second level... Blocks reasonably well on the move... Only average flexibility and body control... Good awareness, keeps his head on a swivel... Positions himself well, good wall-off blocker... Does a nice job sealing off linebackers but doesn't always make contact... Good awareness... Appears to have a mean streak.

Round 7: Da'Norris Searcy SS North Carolina : We will more than likely be losing one of our safeties. It wouldn't hurt to find some depth. We could also move Lowery here also.

Has an ideal frame for the position, has above-average bulk... Pretty good production in coverage the last two years (five interceptions, one returned for a 46-yard touchdown)... Returned punts and some kickoffs in 2009 and 2010, took one to the house in 2009, may get some looks as a returner in the NFL... Has some experience playing a hybrid S/LB position, is physical enough to play tough in the box and get to the football... Is a prototypical in-the-box strong safety, will find playing time on special teams because of hitting ability... Is a fairly strong wrap-up tackler... Has stepped it up in some big games

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