The winter wonderland can be a time of wistful dreaming about your NFL team's change of fortune. For teams headed for salary-cap hell, it will be wishful thinking—we're talking to you Dallas Cowboys fans.
In this 10-part slideshow, we take a look at the top five teams well-positioned with the salary cap for 2014 and give you the bottom five teams needing some major overhauls just to operate next season.
This won't only be objective number crunching. Anyone can read the bottom line of a spreadsheet.
Teams like the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars have the most cap space—yet no team in its right mind would trade positions with them. They couldn't buy enough players this winter to really be counted on to compete in their divisions.
Instead, our rankings in this slideshow have more to do with overall outlook than just mere salary-cap room.
Note: The majority of our data and information came from two resources specializing in this sort of thing, OvertheCap.com and Spotrac (subscription required). So, thanks to them, we didn't have to do a whole lot of chasing down data. It was all in one neat place for us to peruse.