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.
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|
|San Francisco 49ers||71||$12,206,686||$52,607,558|
|New York Giants||71||$11,193,231||$22,688,550|
|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|
|Green Bay Packers||61||$6,953,847||$11,182,816|
|New England Patriots||77||$1,347,882||$4,654,938|
|New York Jets||71||$2,484,216||$3,877,647|
|New Orleans Saints||69||$1,400,000||$3,604,470|
|Kansas City Chiefs||79||$2,622,838||$782,809|