The NFL offseason is off and running, with several teams spending big in free agency and still having plenty of salary cap space, according to data provided by the NFLPA. Then there are teams like the Cowboys who are right up against the cap with little more than a million to spare.
Here's a look at the 10 teams with the most cap space. Would you believe one team still has more than $71 million in cap room? Oh the possibilities...
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Cincinnati Bengals: $23,005,665
The good news for Marvin Lewis is that he still has a job despite an 0-7 playoff record and missing the 2016 postseason. The better news? The Bengals still have more than $23 million in cap space after re-signing DB Dre Kirkpatrick and WR Brandon LaFell, the former to a five-year deal reportedly worth $10M a year. Cincy had some money to spend after losing offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth in free agency, and bringing back Andre Smith on a cheap one-year deal. The Bengals have 11 picks in the upcoming draft, and also have to think about extending 2018 free agent Tyler Eifert.
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New England Patriots: $25,046,144
It just doesn't seem fair, does it? Owner Robert Kraft and the Pats, fresh off of raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy again, then made a splash with several big moves to open the offseason, including signing Stephon Gilmore, the top cornerback on the market, and re-signing LB Dont'a Hightower, their top free agent. And they still have more than $25 million in cap space — more than enough to bring back LeGarrette Blount, who thrives in New England and is coming off a career year.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $29,568,630
The Bucs came close to ending their playoff drought in their first year under head coach Dirk Koetter, and even after handing out big deals to DeSean Jackson and Chris Baker, they still have almost $30 million in cap space. That's more than enough to find a backup QB to replace Mike Glennon or even pay for Adrian Peterson.
Houston Texans: $30,136,680
Bill O'Brien and the Texans have a lot of cap space to play with after unloading Brock Osweiler and his $16 million salary on the Browns, and letting A.J. Bouye and Quintin Demps leave in free agency. And now that Tony Romo announced his move to TV, they have to figure out how to spend that $30M. The QB position currently accounts for only 2 percent of the Texans' spending for 2017, according to Over The Cap. That number is lower than every team except the Raiders (2%) and Jets (1%).
Oakland Raiders: $31,117,363
What's better than going to Vegas? Having some money to burn! OK, while the Raiders' move to Vegas was approved by the NFL's owners this week, they won't be leaving Oakland for at least another season. That'll be pretty awkward, but at least Bay Area fans will be treated to a playoff-caliber team that'll have a healthy Derek Carr back and two new guys for him to throw to in Jared Cook and Cordarrelle Patterson. And the Raiders still have cap space to try to improve their defense — or maybe just hire more security for owner Mark Davis.
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Indianapolis Colts: $31,933,213
Owner Jim Irsay made sure he didn't go into free agency and the draft without a new general manager, Chris Ballard, and the Colts have plenty of cap space after a quiet start to free agency, handing out short "prove it" deals — about $25 million in guaranteed money in 2017 and zero beyond that. They're hoping to have more success with this approach than they did under fired GM Ryan Grigson, and the strategy perhaps signals a new direction in 2018.
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Tennessee Titans: $38,347,945
Things were looking up for coach Mike Mularkey and the Titans last year, their first with a winning record since 2011, until Marcus Mariota's fractured leg spoiled their season and their chance for a first playoff appearance since 2008. However, hopes are high after Tennessee improved its secondary with Johnathan Cyprien and Logan Ryan, and the Titans still have almost $40 million in cap space. Plus they have the No. 5 pick in the draft thanks to last year's trade with the Rams, plus the No. 18 pick.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: $46,365,024
The Jags have spent liberally again on defense this offseason, committing $153.5 million to A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell and Barry Church. And they still have a ton of cap space to try to improve their awful offense, plus the No. 4 pick in the draft. Owner Shahid Khan is anxious to see some improvement, having replaced Gus Bradley with Doug Marrone as coach and turned the team over to Tom Coughlin to bring back the Jags' glory days. Now let's talk about the quarterback position, OK?
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Cleveland Browns: $62,368,548
The Browns entered free agency with a record $104 million in cap space and made moves, spending a combined $109.25M on OL Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter, plus WR Kenny Britt. They even took on Brock Osweiler's $16 million contract to gain another draft pick. They would've spent even more if Terrelle Pryor had accepted their multiyear offer.
And they still have a staggering $62 million to spend. Cleveland has 11 picks in the draft, including Nos. 1 and 12, so it could have a couple high-priced rookies to pay. Maybe the Browns will pry Jimmy Garoppolo from the Pats and pay him Tom Brady money. It's the Browns, so we're mesmerized by the potential for another train wreck. Particularly if it involves Josh Gordon.
San Francisco 49ers: $71,059,752
Like the Browns, the 49ers had a fortune to spend this offseason, and after a 2-14 season they hired a new coach in Kyle Shanahan and new GM in John Lynch to give the organization a new direction.
They signed two cheap quarterbacks in Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley while letting Colin Kaepernick and their other three QBs leave. And even after handing out more than $120 million in contracts to Pierre Garcon, Malcolm Smith and others, the Niners still have a stunning amount of cap space plus the No. 2 pick in the draft.
The sky's the limit in San Francisco — we'll see what the 49ers' first-time bosses do with their wealth.