With the NFL offseason coming up in a few short weeks, it’s not too early to start thinking about how much cap space your team has to work with.
If your favorite NFL team is still alive in the playoffs, then cap space isn’t exactly at the front of your mind right now. It’s something you’ll get to in a few weeks, once the playoffs are all said and done.
If your team’s season is already finished, then you’re probably already thinking about what comes next. But sooner or later, every team will have to think about how much cap space they have available, and start figuring out what moves they can make with the assets they have.
Heading into the 2019 season, here’s a look at what the projected cap space will be for each team, courtesy of OverTheCap.com. Once again, the NFL salary cap will continue to grow, meaning more opportunities for players to earn even more money.
As of right now, the Indianapolis Colts are projected to have the most cap space available at roughly $123 million, with their effective cap space projected to be roughly $117 million. There is a pretty significant drop off between the Colts and the New York Jets, the team with the next highest projected cap space at roughly $102 million.
Following that is another big drop down to the Buffalo Bills, projected to be at roughly $87 million, and the remaining teams follow relatively closely behind that.
The teams that will have the most dead money to deal with will be the Miami Dolphins, who are projected to have roughly $13 million in dead money, as well as the New York Giants (roughly $9 million) and the Denver Broncos (roughly $7 million0).
With the NFL playoffs in full swing, it’s hard for fans to spend too much time worrying about cap space right now. But before much longer, it will be an issue that every team, and thus every team’s fan base, will have to address. Might as well get a head start on it.