Roughly two weeks from now, on Tuesday, March 14, the NFL offseason enters into free agency. Free agency will represent a time period where a few select teams that happen to be sitting on a large amount of available salary cap space will be the envy of the rest of the league.
The teams with the most available salary cap space will have wrapped up new deals with some of their own key free agents, but will no doubt have money left over to target key positions of need.
March 12, two days prior to the start of free agency, every team will need to be under the salary cap limit. With so many teams facing a negative situation with their salary cap, expect to see a number of veteran players either released or agreeing to restructure their 2013 contracts to give their teams some cap relief.
Last month, John Clayton of ESPN wrote an article about the amount of available money teams decided to carry over from 2012 that will impact their salary cap space for 2013. Based on those figures, we highlight the 11 teams that have the most cap space available to try to determine which of these teams will be in the best position to make a splash in free agency.
For the remaining 21 teams, none of them had more than $17 million, so it is highly doubtful that any of them are in a position to make a major splash in free agency.
With regards to the 11 teams, we will rank them according to how much of a splash we think they will make regarding signing free agents from other teams.
Note that every salary cap figure used in this article is courtesy of the John Clayton article we referenced earlier.