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Breaking Down the Colts 2009 Salary Cap

ESPN’s Insider section just did a full-scale blowout about the salary cap for each and every team around the league. Here’s what they had to say on the Colts:

2009 Salary Cap: $128,264,361
Player with Highest Cap Number: QB Peyton Manning ($21,207,278; 16.5 percent of cap)
Highest Cap Number for a Player No Longer with Club: WR Marvin Harrison ($6,400,000; 5.0 percent of cap; seventh-highest on club)
Player Who Has to Live Up to Cap Number: K Adam Vinatieri ($2,700,720; 2.1 percent of cap; 14th-highest on club)

Given Manning’s immense salary, he obviously faces a ton of pressure, but the expectations have been high since he arrived in Indianapolis. And to say he has handled the expectations well would be a massive understatement. It is easy to make the argument that Manning is well worth every penny.

The same is not true for Vinatieri. There is no doubt that he has hit some of the most memorable field goals in NFL history, but in 2008 Vinatieri’s kicking left a lot to be desired. By making just 80 percent of his kicks, he ranked 24th out of 30 kickers with at least 20 field goal attempts. He also ranked 24th in the Football Outsiders field-goal valuations that take into account distance, weather and altitude. His kickoffs were only slightly above-average.


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