NFL fans in other cities have a major gripe with their ownership. Some owners take the big television revenue check and stuff it their big fat pockets. Falcons fans can rejoice because owner Arthur Blank has not been shy about letting his football men spend up to the cap in order to field the best team possible. And, he’s getting ready to authorized a major expenditure to re-sign quarterback Matt Ryan to a deal that’s projected to land in the $126 million to $138 million range. The official contract numbers for defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s deal are at the NFLPA office and with 59 players under contract the Falcons’ cap number is $123.58 million. They are actually $303,399 over the cap. However, per league rules, counting just the top 51 contracts, they are at $120.34 million and are $2.93 million under the cap. Umenyiora’s deal, as previously reported, is a two-year contract worth $8.5 million, with an escalator clause. He received a $2.5 million signing bonus and his cap number for 2013 is $3.75 million The Falcons committed $91.08 million to retain safety William Moore, tight end Tony Gonzalez, tackle Sam Baker, running back Antone Smith and right guard Garrett Reynolds. The Falcons also committed $24 million on running back Steven Jackson and Umenyiora to push their total offseason number to $115.08 million. Cornerback Dunta Robinson was snapped up by the Kansas City Chiefs and some of their reserves have moved on, including quarterback Luke McCown (Saints), cornerback Brent Grimes (Miami) defensive end Lawrence Sidbury (Indianapolis), defensive tackle Vance Walker (Oakland) and tackle Will Svitek (New England). Running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham are in the group of former Falcons who are still available.
After Umenyiora deal, Falcons are $2.9 million under the cap
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Apr 3