Jaguars 2013 Salary Situation: Breaking Down Jacksonville's Current Cap Status

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IMarch 12, 2013

Jan 18, 2013; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell pose for photos after  at a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
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Given their wealth of cap space ahead of the start of NFL free agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars should have the opportunity to be buyers on the open market beginning Tuesday afternoon.

For a team that finished 2-14 last season (tied for worst in the NFL), such a luxury is needed to help rebuild a poorly-constructed roster. The salary cap room will give Jaguars that chance.

According to Spotrac, the Jaguars possess a whopping $27.9 million* in available cap space (current as Thursday, March 21).

*Number is an estimate, based off average salaries of each new deal. Real number will likely be something different, but this estimate gives us a pretty good idea of how much the Titans will have left to spend. 

For real-time updates on Jacksonville's free-agent activity, be sure to check in here.  

Here's how the Jaguars arrived at their current cap space (will update as signings, re-signings and releases are made during free agency):

March 19: Jaguars re-signed center Brad Meester and receiver Jordan Shipley, per Paul Kuharsky.

March 16: Jaguars signed cornerback Alan Ball, running back Justin Forsett and defensive tackle Roy Miller. 

March 14: Jaguars sign linebacker Geno Hayes and cornerback Antwaun Molden, according to Aaron Wilson. Hayes will count $912,000 against the 2013 cap. Molden's cap number is expected to be under $1 million. 

March 13: The Jaguars released receiver Laurent Robinson, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union.  Four concussions during 2012 might have made the move necessary. His cap number was $6.3 million in 2013, but releasing him now will actually cost the Jaguars on this year's cap. He's now worth $9 million in dead money. The Jaguars were willing to take on the money to rid themselves of a bad contract.

March 8: The Jaguars released veteran cornerback Aaron Ross, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Cutting the 30-year-old Ross created over $3 million in cap space for Jacksonville.

March 8: The Jaguars released safety Dawan Landry, according to Pro Football Talk. Jacksonville had to eat almost $4 million in dead money by releasing the 27-year-old, but it also created $1.45 million and rid the Jaguars of an average player with a bad contract. 

February 27: The Jaguars released offensive tackle Guy Whimper, quarterback John Parker Wilson and cornerback Brandon King, according to Rotoworld. Cutting Whimper created nearly $3 million in cap space.