About $52M separates top from bottom in NFL cap space remaining

With the bulk of free agency over, there is a large divide between how much salary-cap space NFL teams have remaining.

The three NFL teams that carried over the most salary cap from the 2015 league year remain among the top four teams in salary-cap space, according to NFL Players Association records.

With the bulk of free agency in the rear-view mirror and the NFL draft less than two weeks away, the San Francisco 49ers still have $52.6 million in cap space, the most in the NFL.

The figures from Monday represent contracts that have been submitted and recorded by the NFLPA, meaning some of the more recent contracts that have been signed don’t yet figure into the equation, but the figures include most of what has happened in free agency.

Not far behind the 49ers in cap were the three teams that carried over the most cap space from 2015 – the Jacksonville Jaguars with $52.4 million left in cap space, the Cleveland Browns with $40.4 million and Tennessee Titans with nearly $20.8 million in cap space. The average cap space remaining is nearly $15 million per team.

The cap figures represent the top 51 salaries on each team, which are the ones counted in the offseason accounting for the salary cap.

The 49ers were sixth in how much cap space from 2015 they carried over into the 2016 league year with $12.2 million in carryover. Eight teams carried over more than $10 million, easily led by the Jacksonville Jaguars with nearly $32.8 million carried over. The average carryover was $6.3 million.

Six teams have more than $20 million in cap space remaining. After the 49ers, Jaguars, Browns and Titans, the New York Giants have $22.6 million and the Chicago Bears have $22.4 million in space.

Teams will have to either leave room or find room in their salary-cap accounting to sign their draft picks, but not all of those draft picks will figure into the top 51 salaries.

Fourteen teams have less than $10 million in cap space. The Kansas City Chiefs will have to make room before signing their draft picks, as they have less than $1 million in cap room, the lowest figure in the NFL.

Joining the Chiefs with less than $5 million in cap space are the Pittsburgh Steelers ($2.4 million), New Orleans Saints ($3.6M), Arizona Cardinals ($3.6M), New York Jets ($3.9M) and New England Patriots ($4.7M).

SALARY-CAP ROOM BY TEAM 

Unadjusted Team Cap: $155,270,000  
Team Current Contracts Previous Year Carryover Cap Room
TOTAL $203,963,112 $479,900,461
AVERAGE/TEAM $6,373,847 $14,996,889
San Francisco 49ers 71 $12,206,686 $52,607,558
Jacksonville Jaguars 76 $32,774,928 $52,438,257
Cleveland Browns 66 $20,734,144 $40,446,976
Tennessee Titans 70 $20,783,801 $29,745,847
New York Giants 71 $11,193,231 $22,688,550
Chicago Bears 73 $867,589 $22,409,038
Miami Dolphins 78 $9,137,544 $19,541,116
Carolina Panthers 73 $3,731,200 $18,129,981
Indianapolis Colts 64 $4,950,629 $17,829,658
Cincinnati Bengals 66 $7,587,902 $17,515,807
Detroit Lions 68 $862,191 $17,354,297
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 72 $7,987,748 $14,522,803
Los Angeles Rams 65 $933,521 $12,870,599
San Diego Chargers 64 $2,287,176 $12,659,457
Baltimore Ravens 71 $1,633,944 $12,383,432
Washington Redskins 75 $5,837,734 $12,155,704
Green Bay Packers 61 $6,953,847 $11,182,816
Philadelphia Eagles 70 $7,255,362 $10,797,621
Oakland Raiders 64 $13,373,617 $9,653,572
Minnesota Vikings 72 $2,090,409 $9,041,755
Denver Broncos 61 $3,300,000 $8,770,296
Atlanta Falcons 62 $3,905,771 $8,172,143
Dallas Cowboys 73 $3,571,239 $8,124,943
Houston Texans 70 $1,637,055 $7,522,658
Buffalo Bills 76 $4,467,331 $6,366,649
Seattle Seahawks 70 $11,587 $6,024,618
New England Patriots 77 $1,347,882 $4,654,938
New York Jets 71 $2,484,216 $3,877,647
Arizona Cardinals 77 $3,031,663 $3,624,926
New Orleans Saints 69 $1,400,000 $3,604,470
Pittsburgh Steelers 77 $3,000,327 $2,399,520
Kansas City Chiefs 79 $2,622,838 $782,809
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