With the Chris Clemons situation looming over the Seahawks like a grey cloud, I’ve been wondering where the Seahawks stood in terms of their cap number. Well, Pro Football Talk apparently heard my request and posted an updated list of where every team currently stands in terms of their cap space.
The Seahawks have $7.47 million in cap space remaining right now, and more space will be opened up this fall as the roster is trimmed from it’s current level of 90 players down to 53. If Tarvaris Jackson gets cut as many people predict, that will open up an additional $4.3 million.
The Seahawks need to take advantage of this cap space, but signing some key players to extensions that are front loaded, using up this year’s cap room to pay plaers what they’re worth, while keeping their cap number in future years to be palatable.
Chris Clemons is the first player who comes to mind for this, especially since he and the Seahawks are currently in negotiations for an extension. I’ve seen a couple places report that the Seahawk;s most recent offer included an $8 million dollar 2012 salary, and then just $4.5 mil and $5.5 mil for 2013 and 2014. That’s the type of front loaded deal that will work well for the Seahawks’ current situation.
The Seahawks would also be wise to begin talk with Max Unger, Alan Branch, and Earl Thomas. All 3 are key players on this team that need to be locked up long term. If the Seahawks can do so with a good deal of their salary counting toward this year’s cap number, then all the better.