2022 NFL salary cap space by team

How much salary cap space do all 32 NFL teams have following the start of the 2022 NFL league year on March 16?

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The NFL salary cap has settled at $208.2 million for the 2022 season. Each team had to be under that mark by March 15 and must remain under it throughout the 2022 season. Let’s examine how much salary cap space each team has.

2022 NFL salary cap space by team

During the early parts of the offseason, and especially in free agency, the salary cap situation for each NFL team changes almost daily. As teams sign free agents or cut current players on their roster, it will impact their cap space for the upcoming league year.

Each team’s salary cap space is updated before Wednesday at 8 AM ET. Salary cap numbers are from the NFLPA salary cap report, and all numbers are listed in millions and rounded to one decimal place.

Arizona Cardinals salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $12.6 million

Atlanta Falcons salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $13.0 million

Baltimore Ravens salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $3.3 million

Buffalo Bills salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $5.2 million

Carolina Panthers salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $24.8 million

Chicago Bears salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $20.7 million

Cincinnati Bengals salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $15.9 million

Cleveland Browns salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $41.4 million

Dallas Cowboys salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $22.7 million

Denver Broncos salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $9.5 million

Detroit Lions salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $9.5 million

Green Bay Packers salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $16.8 million

Houston Texans salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $7.3 million

Indianapolis Colts salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $13.9 million

Jacksonville Jaguars salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $7.3 million

Kansas City Chiefs salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $13.9 million

Las Vegas Raiders salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $22.4 million

Los Angeles Chargers salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $14.0 million

Los Angeles Rams salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $7.2 million

Miami Dolphins salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $15.6 million

Minnesota Vikings salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $10.4 million

New England Patriots salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $0.4 million

New Orleans Saints salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $11.5 million

New York Giants salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $6.5 million

New York Jets salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $9.1 million

Philadelphia Eagles salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $9.2 million

Pittsburgh Steelers salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $14.0 million

San Francisco 49ers salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $4.4 million

Seattle Seahawks salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $17.8 million

Tampa Bay Buccaneers salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $12.0 million

Tennessee Titans salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $12.5 million

Washington Commanders salary cap space

  • Top 51 cap space: $18.2 million

Top five teams in terms of salary cap space

As of July 6, there are five teams with more than $20 million in cap space and one team with more than $30 million. Here are the current top five teams in terms of salary cap space.

1) Cleveland Browns | $41.5 million

The Browns’ cap space is set to go up now they have cleared around $8 million by trading away Baker Mayfield. The intriguing thing for the Browns is now what they do with their $50 million in salary-cap space. Do they invest some of it in 2022 or do they roll it over to 2023 to help them pay Deshaun Watson’s contract?

2) Carolina Panthers | $24.8 million

The Panthers will likely drop off this list when Mayfield’s contract hits their books. The Panthers are likely a team we see look to roll a significant portion of this over to next year. They are not expected to challenge in 2022, so adding more veterans to bolster the roster depth does not make a lot of sense at this point.

3) Dallas Cowboys | $22.7 million

With the Cowboys paying so much to Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Zack Martin, it is somewhat of a surprise to see them this high on the rankings. However, they have a lot of cheaper contracts on the books as well. What that means though, is that their depth is a concern. If we see some injuries to the higher-end options, then that lack of depth could be exposed.

4) Las Vegas Raiders | $22.4 million

The Raiders’ cap situation is fairly healthy, with only Derek Carr taking up more than five percent. They then have an intriguing tier of players behind him but again depth is a concern at key positions for this roster.

5) Chicago Bears | $20.7 million

The Bears have three players in Robert Quinn, Eddie Jackson, and Cody Whitehair taking up more than five percent of the cap. The key to this cap space is the low-cost nature of the offense, with rookie QB Justin Fields taking up just two percent of the cap.

Which teams have the least salary cap space in the NFL?

On July 6, there were 12 teams with less than $10 million of cap space and three teams with less than $5 million. Here are the current bottom five teams in terms of salary cap space.

1) New England Patriots | $0.4 million

The Patriots are the team closest to the salary cap despite having a rookie QB. New England has never been shy paying mid-level prices for veterans and that is the case here. They have no players counting over 8% of the cap but 15 players between 2-8%. This roster should have a good depth of talent, putting the pressure on Mac Jones to perform.

2) Baltimore Ravens | $3.3 million

The Ravens have four players on their roster taking up more than 7.5 percent of their cap space. Included in that is Lamar Jackson in his fifth year at more than 11 percent of the cap. This is also a team with a combined $25 million assigned to Kevin Zeitler, Mark Andrews, and Justin Tucker. We saw the concerns around depth with this roster last year and those concerns are still there for the most part.

3) San Francisco 49ers | $4.4 million

The 49ers are in a weird spot at the QB position. They drafted Trey Lance last year to be their future. However, right now they have Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract counting for 12.7% of their salary cap with a cap number of $26.95 million. With the QB market having shrunk considerably in recent weeks, the 49ers may now have to wait until a potential training camp injury if they want to move Garoppolo for considerable compensation.

If they move Garoppolo, the 49ers will be extremely cap-rich in 2022. While Garoppolo will likely be off the books regardless in 2023, saving nearly $25 million in cap space that they could roll into that 2023 would give them a ton of options in free agency next year. However, potentially having Garoppolo as a backup option could be even more important if the 49ers find themselves in a playoff situation this season.

4) Buffalo Bills | $5.2 million

The Bills have six players on their roster set to count more than five percent of their cap. However, none of them are over eight percent. They have a good combination of high-end talent and back-end roster depth, which is why they are among the favorites for the Super Bowl.

5) New York Giants | $6.5 million

The Giants have both Leonard Williams and Kenny Golladay counting for more than 10 percent of their cap space. For a team this close to the salary cap and with only two players taking up more than five percent of the cap, the depth is not great.

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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