Where Sunday’s contenders stand for 2009 cap

Pennsylvania’s NFL teams -– the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles -– are two of the league’s top-run organizations. Both teams have positioned themselves incredibly well for the 2009 season in relation to the salary cap.

Here’s a look at the teams in Sunday’s games and where they stand for next season.

  • New York Giants – Though the Giants have $10 million worth of salary-cap space for 2009, both of their top running backs, Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, are unsigned for next season. Plus, quarterback Eli Manning is headed into the last year of his contract and is in line for one of the richest contracts in NFL history.
  • Philadelphia – The Eagles are scheduled to be $25 million under the 2009 salary cap, without any significant contract issues. This will free them to be one of the most aggressive teams in the league and maybe make that run at a big-name player.
  • Pittsburgh – Like their in-state neighbors, the Steelers are $20 million under next season’s salary cap with no significant contract issues. Pittsburgh will want to upgrade its offensive line if it can, but there’s no free agent on its team it can’t afford to lose.
  • San Diego – With one of the more intriguing situations in the league, the Chargers are scheduled to be $15 million under the salary cap, with RB Darren Sproles as an unrestricted free agent. What’s key for San Diego is that QB Philip Rivers, LB Shawne Merriman and WR Vincent Jackson all will be heading into the last year of their contracts.
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