I'm far from a cap expert ... but here are a couple things I noticed that we could do:
1) Release Jamaal Brown and get $1.5 million immediately
2) Release Santana Moss and save $4.65 million
3) Extend Josh Wilson and get year 1 of the new contract down to around $3 million ... saving $2 mill
4) Restructure and extend DeAngelo Hall ... get year 1 on the new contract in the $3.5 mill range ... save $3.5 million (or outright release him and get $7 million in relief)
5) Release Reid Doughty and save $1.15 million. Assuming safety is addressed strongly this off-season there is no room for Doughty on next year's team
I calculate that as being $12.8 million by restructuring DHall or $16.3 million by outright releasing him. I have no idea on the accuracy of the Moss number, as I just deducted his base salary from the 2013 projected cap hit of $6 million so correct me if I'm wrong. But if we are starting with around $2-4 million in space as is, and we are able to do those moves I listed above, we could be in the range of $14-20 million under the cap ... which would be plenty of room to get our restricted guys and a couple "Bowen/Cofield" type free agents
The bottom line is this front office has managed to get in a position to do most of the things they want each year ... so I trust that they will get into a position to make some good signings.
I really want Aqib Talib and if that means restructuring Josh Wilson and releasing DHall, so be it. I'd love to keep DHall and sign Talib if possible, too. Anyone have a guess as to what kind of contract he will command? I wouldn't mind having Tanard Jackson and Aqib Talib in the secondary with Raheem Morris as the coach.