The Chiefs and Buccaneers have acknowledged carrying over salary-cap room from 2011 into signings for 2012, taking advantage of a clause in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"We ended last year about 20 million dollars under the salary cap, which was a little bit less than has been reported," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt told Steven St. John of Sports Radio 810 WHB, according to the team's website. "We chose to carry that salary-cap space over, which is something that you can do in the new CBA — you can carry it over."
He added that the team anticipates needing the surplus in 2012 and 2013. Any player re-signed before the start of free agency in March will eat into that surplus.
Bucs GM Mark Dominik confirmed Wednesday that the team would roll over its cap space from 2011 to 2012, adding that the team will be "more active" in free agency than it was last year.
Here is the clause from the CBA that allows teams to carry over salary-cap dollars from one league year to the next:
"A Club may 'carry over' Room from one League Year to the following League Year by submitting notice in writing signed by the owner to the NFL no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the start of the new League Year indicating the maximum amount of Room that the Club wishes to carry over. The NFL shall promptly provide a copy of any such notice to the NFLPA. The amount of Room carried over will be adjusted downward based on the final Room available after the year-end reconciliation."