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Atlanta Falcons Have Little Cap Room Available

The Atlanta Falcons are close to hitting the salary cap, with just the second lowest money available in the NFL.

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons have the second-lowest salary cap space in the NFL, according to league-wide cap figures attained by ESPN's NFC South blog.

This is just another reason why it is critical for the team to stay as healthy as possible, because the Falcons only have $761,498 available in cap room, just behind the San Francisco 49ers ($754,618) for the least amount of money to work with this season in the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints are in a similar situation as the Falcons, just $1.72 million under the cap. As for the other teams in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers are $5.3 million under the cap. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were $13.5 million under the cap before Friday's signing of offensive lineman Derek Hardman and the release of defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry.

The Falcons would have to free up some room by restructuring existing contracts if they wanted to make any more roster moves.

Read more on the Falcons at The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta.

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