Packers in Bottom Third of Salary-Cap Pack

Green Bay ranks 21st in available cap room, with about $4.9 million less space than the league average.

(Note: This is an update from Monday's story, which was written before first-round pick Kenny Clark's contract had been figured in the NFLPA's salary-cap database.)

With the offseason spending likely complete, the Green Bay Packers have almost $9 million of salary-cap space, according to the latest data from the NFLPA published on Tuesday.

Green Bay ranks 21st in available cap room, about $4.9 million less than the league average. That league average got a boost from the three teams with more than $40 million of cap space — San Francisco has $49.5 million, Cleveland has $42.8 million and Jacksonville has $40.9 million. The Packers have a powerhouse class of free agents looming and not much money available for in-season extensions or to carry over to the 2017 season, making this a potential make-or-break season.

In the NFC North, Chicago has $22.0 million of cap space, Detroit has $14.9 and Minnesota has $5.3 million.

Winning is expensive. Of the 11 teams with the most cap space, only Carolina reached the playoffs last season.

Until rosters are cut to 53 players for the start of the regular season, only the top 51 contracts count against the cap.

For what it’s worth, the Packers have a league-low 88 players under contract. That gives general manager Ted Thompson the flexibility to add two players if injuries strike at one or two positions during training camp.

TeamContracts2015 Carryover2016 Team CapCap Space
San Francisco 49ers 89 $12,206,686 $127,087,788 $49,504,146
Cleveland Browns 90 $20,734,144 $134,559,754 $42,811,540
Jacksonville Jaguars 89 $32,774,928 $149,383,167 $40,918,543
Carolina Panthers 90 $3,731,200 $131,726,869 $26,266,272
Tennessee Titans 89 $20,783,801 $151,212,631 $25,145,195
Chicago Bears 88 $867,589 $134,540,429 $22,048,450
New York Giants 93 $11,193,231 $149,159,924 $18,160,235
Miami Dolphins 89 $9,137,544 $149,746,182 $17,021,137
Indianapolis Colts 92 $4,950,629 $144,516,251 $16,092,778
Detroit Lions 92 $862,191 $143,705,266 $14,885,950
Baltimore Ravens 89 $1,633,944 $142,281,841 $12,896,914
Houston Texans 91 $1,637,055 $144,696,674 $12,489,406
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 90 $7,987,748 $148,958,754 $12,179,612
Buffalo Bills 92 $4,467,331 $145,348,472 $12,146,959
Washington Redskins 90 $5,837,734 $150,035,779 $11,928,245
Oakland Raiders 91 $13,373,617 $157,628,130 $10,704,623
Seattle Seahawks 93 $11,587 $144,352,258 $10,170,669
Cincinnati Bengals 90 $7,587,902 $152,985,091 $9,692,461
Atlanta Falcons 89 $3,905,771 $149,283,272 $9,518,399
New England Patriots 90 $1,347,882 $150,178,353 $9,464,098
Green Bay Packers 88 $6,953,847 $154,440,159 $8,999,130
San Diego Chargers 91 $2,287,176 $148,661,543 $8,113,224
Philadelphia Eagles 89 $7,255,362 $153,576,018 $7,994,344
Dallas Cowboys 91 $3,571,239 $152,366,813 $6,894,370
Los Angeles Rams 93 $933,521 $148,836,703 $6,828,486
Minnesota Vikings 90 $2,090,409 $151,576,413 $5,338,304
Arizona Cardinals 91 $3,031,663 $154,204,505 $4,763,911
New York Jets 91 $2,484,216 $154,103,375 $3,425,359
Denver Broncos 90 $3,300,000 $150,724,729 $3,370,312
New Orleans Saints 92 $1,400,000 $152,906,807 $2,655,255
Pittsburgh Steelers 93 $3,000,327 $155,688,497 $1,940,481
Kansas City Chiefs 93 $2,622,838 $157,729,112 $226,818
AVERAGE -- $6,373,847 $148,006,299 $13,893,613

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