http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/NFL_Czar?All=1 Plenty of room With the salary cap raised to $102 million this season, it was no surprise to see that most NFL teams have a lot of cap room heading into the season. In fact, 10 teams, lead by Jacksonville, have at least $8 million or more in salary-cap space. The Jaguars are $12.7 million under the cap. New Orleans has $11 million, Arizona $10.5 million and Minnesota, Houston and New England each have $10.3 million. I guess that means that the Patriots could pay Deion Branch if they wanted to and still have plenty of room. It has to be worrisome to the NFL Players Association that teams like New England and Houston, two of the clubs worth more than $1 billion and both generating revenues among the top 10 in the league, would be keeping the cap money and not spending it. The teams with the least amount of space are Miami ($550,452), Atlanta ($897,916) and Oakland ($1.127 million). ***** I love when the players association gets upset that the Pats donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pay more to its players. What are the Pats suppose to do? Overpay to keep players here? The Pats offered Branch a three-year, $18.75 million extension with a signing bonus of $4 million this year and a $4 million option bonus in 2007. Now this was a low offer considering what guys like Givens got. If the Branch had come back with a counteroffer that was in the line of a signing bonus of $6-7 million this year with the rest of the deal the same it might have got done. Say it happened that way, the Pats available space would be around $3-4 million. Would the players association be OK with that #? Seriously, name the guys on the team that should be in the top 5 paid at their position? Brady, Seymour, Bruschi and Harrison. Vrabel is so valuable so I would say he could be a top 5er as well. Anyone else? Nope. Should the Pats over pay because they can? You could argue that the Pats should he signed a free agent or two but they cost more than the Pats thought they were worth. This approach has resulted in the Pats winning 3 SBs in the last 5 years. Hell, last years team was Ã¢â‚¬Å“awfulÃ¢â‚¬ by recent Pats standards and they still won 10 games. How many team would have won 10 games with the injuries that the Pats had? How many games would the Colts have won if they lost their starting LT, C, RB (and all the back-ups) SS, ILB and DE for numerous games? 10, 9, 8??? The Pats win because they are SMART with their money but if you ask the Players Association they are simply cheap.