With the 2011 season behind us, it is officially time to look forward to one of the first big topics of the 2012 season: Which teams have room to work with under their salary cap?
One of the new rules that the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011 brought into play is that unspent money from the previous year can be carried over to the next.
That means that teams that had wiggle room under last year’s salary cap will be able to spend that money in 2012, which is great news for teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs.
One thing to keep in mind is that these salary-cap numbers do not account for free agents from the 2011 roster who have not been re-signed for the 2012 year. It is also important to remember that teams must reserve approximately $5 million for their incoming rookies from the NFL draft.
That being said, let us take a look at teams that have the salary-cap space and the roster holes that will combine to make them big buyers in this offseason’s free-agent market.