I've seen enough of this over the last 24 hours that I feel compelled to post something. SALARY CAP NUMBERS ARE IRRELEVANT when it comes to cutting or trading players. What matters is the actual money still owed to the player. That is the money "saved" when a player is released. Since 2010 is probably going to be uncapped, the normal "cap hit" doesn't exist. Moreover, the signing bonus proration has already been paid, so it really doesn't matter, since it's a "sunk" cost. Similarly, if a team wants to trade for a player, it doesn't make one iota of difference what his cap number is with his current team. For example, if 2010 is capped, Adalius Thomas' cap number is $9.5M. But a team that takes him on now would only have to pay his salary (and workout bonus, etc.), which is about half of his cap number.