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Browns, Lions, Eagles, Jets and Updated Salary-Cap Space Entering 2020 NFL Draft

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 21, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 08: A Cleveland Browns helmet waits for an autograph prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals 3at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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On the heels of free agency and leading up to the 2020 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns lead the league in available salary-cap space.  

In updated figures from ESPN's Field Yates, the Browns are the only team with more than $30 million available. The rest of the top five includes the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Washington Redskins. 

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Official cap space by team entering the draft (1-11): 1. CLE: $37,547,510 2. DET: $29,488,200 3. PHI: $27,145,824 4. NYJ: $25,164,780 5. WAS: $24,943,685 6. DEN: $24,173,954 7. IND: $23,926,469 8. MIA: $22,682,552 9. TEN: $21,896,801 10. LAC: $20,994,933 11. BUF: $20,596,199

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Cap space by team entering the draft (23-32): 23. ARI: $8,933,375 24. LV: $7,690,618 25. CIN: $7,454,685 26. CAR: $7,008,210 27. PIT: $5,767,814 28. NO: $4,067,357 29. ATL: $2,232,688 30. KC: $1,475,171 31. LAR: $1,382,085 32. NE: $1,076,775

The top of the list is very different from the group prior to the start of free agency. The Miami Dolphins led all teams with $94 million available, followed by the Indianapolis Colts ($86 million), Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($85 million), Buffalo Bills ($83 million) and Dallas Cowboys ($74 million). 

Steve Wine of the Associated Press noted the Dolphins signed up to seven new starters for a total of $222 million ($133 million guaranteed). 

The Colts signed Philip Rivers to a one-year, $25 million deal and agreed a contract extension worth $21 million a season with DeForest Buckner after acquiring him from the San Francisco 49ers. The Bucs gave Tom Brady $50 million guaranteed over two seasons.

Dallas didn't make any significant additions, but re-signing Amari Cooper for $60 million guaranteed and placing the franchise tag on Dak Prescott with a projected value of $31.4 million took up a significant portion of its cap space. 

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On the low end of the spectrum, one potential reason the New England Patriots haven't been aggressive in finding a veteran replacement for Brady is they currently have the least available money of any team ($1.077 million), which doesn't even include contracts they will give to incoming draftees. 

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