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NFL Team-by-Team Salary Cap and Cap Space for 2021

How much salary cap space do all 32 NFL teams have as we head towards the start of the 2021 NFL league year on March 17th?

NFL Team-by-Team Salary Cap and Cap Space for 2021
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 25: A detailed view of the NFL logo on the field after the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on October 25, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

With the NFL salary cap expected to stagnate in 2021, what is the situation for each NFL team as we head towards the 2021 NFL league year? Assuming a base salary cap of $185 million, let’s take a look at how much 2021 salary cap space each NFL team currently has.

*Each team’s salary cap space is updated once a day at 5 PM ET, salary cap numbers are from Spotrac, and all numbers are rounded to one decimal place. Contract carryover numbers are from the NFLPA

NFL Team-by-Team Salary Cap and Cap Space

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals currently have $17.5 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Cardinals’ cap space:

The Cardinals are able to carry over $5.0 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $4.5 million adjustment. Therefore, the Cardinals’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $194.5 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Arizona Cardinals have a $172.4 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $4.6 million in dead money. That gives the Cardinals a top-51 cap number of $177.0 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Arizona Cardinals currently rank 17th.

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons currently have $-15.1 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Falcons’ cap space:

The Falcons are able to carry over $1.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $0.7 million adjustment. Therefore, the Falcons’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $187.5 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Atlanta Falcons have a $191.1 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $11.5 million in dead money. That gives the Falcons a top-51 cap number of $202.7 million.

The Falcons currently rank 28th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens currently have $26.9 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Ravens’ cap space:

The Ravens are able to carry over $0.6 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-39,383 adjustment. Therefore, the Ravens’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $185.5 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Baltimore Ravens have a $146.9 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $11.8 million in dead money. That gives the Ravens a top-51 cap number of $158.7 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Baltimore Ravens currently rank 13th.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills currently have $4.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Bills’ cap space:

The Bills are able to carry over $3.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $2.1 million adjustment. Therefore, the Bills’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $190.9 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Buffalo Bills have a $183.4 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $2.9 million in dead money. That gives the Bills a top-51 cap number of $186.3 million.

The Bills currently rank 24th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers currently have $37.2 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Panthers’ cap space:

The Panthers are able to carry over $4.3 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-0.3 million adjustment. Therefore, the Panthers’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $189.0 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Carolina Panthers have a $129.2 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $22.7 million in dead money. That gives the Cardinals a top-51 cap number of $151.9 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Carolina Panthers currently rank seventh.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears currently have $-2.8 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Bears’ cap space:

The Bears are able to carry over $7 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $0.6 million adjustment. Therefore, the Bears’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $192.6 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Chicago Bears have a $190.3 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $5.2 million in dead money. That gives the Bears a top-51 cap number of $195.5 million.

The Bears currently rank 26th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals currently have $47.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Bengals’ cap space:

The Bengals are able to carry over $10.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $1.8 million adjustment. Therefore, the Bengals’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $197.6 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Cincinnati Bengals have a $147.7 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $2.4 million in dead money. That gives the Bengals a top-51 cap number of $150.0 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Cincinnati Bengals currently rank sixth.

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns currently have $24.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Browns’ cap space:

The Browns are able to carry over $30.4 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-1.0 million adjustment. Therefore, the Browns’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $214.4 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Cleveland Browns have a $189.3 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $0.5 million in dead money. That gives the Browns a top-51 cap number of $189.8 million.

The Browns currently rank 15th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys currently have $25.9 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Cowboys’ cap space:

The Cowboys are able to carry over $25.4 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $2.0 million adjustment. Therefore, the Cowboys’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $212.5 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Dallas Cowboys have a $177.5 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $9.1 million in dead money. That gives the Cowboys a top-51 cap number of $186.5 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Dallas Cowboys currently rank 14th.

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos currently have $35.2 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Broncos’ cap space:

The Broncos are able to carry over $17.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $0.5 million adjustment. Therefore, the Broncos’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $203.3 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Denver Broncos have a $167.5 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $0.6 million in dead money. That gives the Broncos a top-51 cap number of $168.1 million.

The Broncos currently rank ninth in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions currently have $10.0 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Lions’ cap space:

The Lions are able to carry over $12.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $2.4 million adjustment. Therefore, the Lions’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $200.2 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Detroit Lions have a $164.0 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $26.3 million in dead money. That gives the Lions a top-51 cap number of $190.2 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Detroit Lions currently rank 22nd.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers currently have $-5.8 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Packers’ cap space:

The Packers are able to carry over $3.7 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-0.1 million adjustment. Therefore, the Packers’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $188.7 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Green Bay Packers have a $190.4 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $4.1 million in dead money. That gives the Packers a top-51 cap number of $194.5 million.

The Packers currently rank 27th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans currently have $33.2 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Texans’ cap space:

The Texans are able to carry over $9.2 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $2.8 million adjustment. Therefore, the Texans’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $197.0 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Houston Texans have a $150.4 million cap number on their top 51 contracts, $10.3 million in money for Bradley Roby on the suspended list, and $3.1 million in dead money. That gives the Texans a top-51 cap number of $163.8 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Houston Texans currently rank 10th.

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts currently have $50.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Colts’ cap space:

The Colts are able to carry over $8.3 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $0.2 million adjustment. Therefore, the Colts’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $193.5 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Indianapolis Colts have a $142.7 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $0.3 million in dead money. That gives the Colts a top-51 cap number of $143.0 million.

The Colts currently rank fifth in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars currently have $85.7 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Jaguars’ cap space:

The Jaguars are able to carry over $23.5 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $3.0 million adjustment. Therefore, the Jaguars’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $211.5 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a $117.6 million cap number on their top 51 contracts, $6.9 million in money attributed to a retired player (Rodney Gunter), and $1.4 million in dead money. That gives the Jaguars a top-51 cap number $125.8 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Jacksonville Jaguars currently rank first.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs currently have $-18.5 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Chiefs’ cap space:

The Chiefs are able to carry over $5.1 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $0.8 million adjustment. Therefore, the Chiefs’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $190.9 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have a $206.7 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $2.7 million in dead money. That gives the Chiefs a top-51 cap number of $209.4 million.

The Chiefs currently rank 29th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders currently have $15.7 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Raiders’ cap space:

The Raiders are able to carry over $3.6 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $4.2 million adjustment. Therefore, the Raiders’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $192.7 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Las Vegas Raiders have a $175.8 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $1.2 million in dead money. That gives the Raiders a top-51 cap number of $177.1 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Las Vegas Raiders currently rank 18th.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers currently have $32.7 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Chargers’ cap space:

The Chargers are able to carry over $8.1 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $1.2 million adjustment. Therefore, the Chargers’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $194.2 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Chargers have a $161.5 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $0.1 million in dead money. That gives the Chargers a top-51 cap number of $161.6 million.

The Chargers currently rank 11th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams currently have $-29.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Rams’ cap space:

The Rams are able to carry over $5.7 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-1.1 million adjustment. Therefore, the Rams’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $189.6 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Rams have a $185.1 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $34.1 million in dead money. That gives the Rams a top-51 cap number of $219.2 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Los Angeles Rams currently rank 31st.

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins currently have $36.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Dolphins’ cap space:

The Dolphins are able to carry over $15.2 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-0.5 million adjustment. Therefore, the Dolphins’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $199.7 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Miami Dolphins have a $158.4 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $4.6 million in dead money. That gives the Dolphins a top-51 cap number of $163.0 million.

The Dolphins currently rank eighth in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings currently have $-2.1 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Vikings’ cap space:

The Vikings are able to carry over $4.5 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $0.2 million adjustment. Therefore, the Vikings’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $189.8 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Minnesota Vikings have a $186.9 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $4.9 million in dead money. That gives the Vikings a top-51 cap number of $191.8 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Minnesota Vikings currently rank 25th.

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots currently have $72.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Patriots’ cap space:

The Patriots are able to carry over $19.6 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $3.7 million adjustment. Therefore, the Patriots’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $208.3 million. Entering the 2021 season, the New England Patriots have a $134.8 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $0.9 million in dead money. That gives the Patriots a top-51 cap number of $135.7 million.

The Patriots currently rank third in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints currently have $-43.9 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Saints’ cap space:

The Saints are able to carry over $4.1 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-1.1 million adjustment. Therefore, the Saints’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $188.0 million. Entering the 2021 season, the New Orleans Saints have a $225.9 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $6.0 million in dead money. That gives the Saints a top-51 cap number of $231.9 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the New Orleans Saints currently rank 32nd.

New York Giants

The New York Giants currently have $10.1 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Giants’ cap space:

The Giants are able to carry over $4.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-1.8 million adjustment. Therefore, the Giants’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $188.0 million. Entering the 2021 season, the New York Giants have a $170.0 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $7.9 million in dead money. That gives the Giants a top-51 cap number of $177.9 million.

The Giants currently rank 21st in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

New York Jets

The New York Jets currently have $82.3 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Jets’ cap space:

The Jets are able to carry over $26.7 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $1.4 million adjustment. Therefore, the Jets’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $213.1 million. Entering the 2021 season, the New York Jets have a $113.7 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $17.0 million in dead money. That gives the Jets a top-51 cap number of $130.8 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the New York Jets currently rank second.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles currently have $-25.3 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Eagles’ cap space:

The Eagles are able to carry over $22.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $1.7 million adjustment. Therefore, the Eagles’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $209.5 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Philadelphia Eagles have a $194.6 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $40.2 million in dead money. That gives the Eagles a top-51 cap number of $234.8 million.

The Eagles currently rank 30th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers currently have $8.0 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Steelers’ cap space:

The Steelers are able to carry over $5.0 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-500 adjustment. Therefore, the Steelers’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $190.0 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a $172.3 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $9.6 million in dead money. That gives the Steelers a top-51 cap number of $182.0 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Pittsburgh Steelers currently rank 23rd.

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers currently have $28.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the 49ers’ cap space:

The 49ers are able to carry over $1.9 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as an $11.3 million adjustment. Therefore, the 49ers’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $198.3 million. Entering the 2021 season, the San Francisco 49ers have a $159.7 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $9.9 million in dead money. That gives the 49ers a top-51 cap number of $169.6 million.

The 49ers currently rank 12th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks currently have $11.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Seahawks’ cap space:

The Seahawks are able to carry over $1.0 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $0.5 million adjustment. Therefore, the Seahawks’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $186.4 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Seattle Seahawks have a $173.5 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $1.3 million in dead money. That gives the Seahawks a top-51 cap number of $174.9 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Seattle Seahawks currently rank 19th.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently have $19.0 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Buccaneers’ cap space:

The Buccaneers are able to carry over $4.6 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $-5.0 million adjustment. Therefore, the Buccaneers’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $184.6 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a $164.7 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $0.8 million in dead money. That gives the Buccaneers a top-51 cap number of $165.5 million.

The Buccaneers currently rank 16th in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans currently have $10.6 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Titans’ cap space:

The Titans are able to carry over $2.3 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $5.7 million adjustment. Therefore, the Titans’ salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $193.0 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Tennessee Titans have a $175.8 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $6.6 million in dead money. That gives the Titans a top-51 cap number of $182.5 million.

When we look at NFL salary cap space on a team-by-team basis, the Tennessee Titans currently rank 20th.

Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team currently has $58.8 million in available salary cap space. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the Washington cap space:

The Washington Football Team is able to carry over $15.8 million in salary cap space to their 2021 salary cap, as well as a $1.4 million adjustment. Therefore, the Washington Football Team salary cap for the 2021 NFL season is $202.2 million. Entering the 2021 season, the Washington Football Team has a $130.0 million cap number on their top 51 contracts and $13.5 million in dead money. That gives the Washington Football Team a top-51 cap number of $143.5 million.

The Washington Football Team currently ranks fourth in the NFL when it comes to cap space in 2021.

What is the “top 51 rule” when it comes to offseason salary cap space for NFL teams?

During the offseason, the NFL does not count the salary of every player on the team towards the salary cap. Instead, they use a process of only counting the 51 most expensive contracts in terms of the team’s salary cap hits. This rule stretches until the start of the season. At that point, all 53 players on the roster count towards the salary cap.

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