Wow. Tom Brady made under 4 million this year. Jammal Lewis made just over 4 million. Bobby Holik would have made around 9 million this year and Mark Messier would have got around 4 or 5. It amazes me how the star athletes of a league SOOOO much more popular and more wealthy get paid less than mediocre to good players in a dying league. It's a reflection on the NHL's system of salaries rather than a reflection on the NFL. And people wonder why the NHL needs a cap.
I like how the Pats payroll went from 46 million in 02 to 82 million the next year.
Looking at those numbers I think those are actual team payrolls for the year and not the team's salary cap number.
Remeber, a salary cap number takes into account all of the signing bonus money given to players. That's why the 49ers dropped from 75 to 60 million. They had a lot of dead money because of the way they structured some contracts in the past.