The NFL salary cap for the 2022 season is now set at $208.2 million after a major downswing in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Said cap is an increase of roughly $26 million from the 2021 campaign. This puts a lot of teams in great positions to be active on the NFL free agent and trade markets.
Below, we look at the teams in the best situation. We also look at the teams in salary cap hell and those in between in checking in on all 32 teams.
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Carolina Panthers have most cap space in NFL
- NFL salary cap room: $30.85 million
Congratulations. The Carolina Panthers have reached the pinnacle, having the most cap space in the NFL. Unfortunately, unlike many other teams who have spent this offseason, the Panthers still don’t have a better QB than they had in 2021, rolling with Sam Darnold. However, this is unlikely to be the case by Week 1. The question is, do they turn to Baker Mayfield (who isn’t interested), Jimmy Garoppolo, or the 2022 NFL Draft?
New Orleans Saints
- NFL salary cap room: $26.41 million
It’s been an incredible climb after the Saints started free agency needing to carve out space just to retain Jameis Winston for 2022. Now that they’ve done that they can keep adding to this roster. Marcus Maye was a good grab, but losing Terron Armstead won’t make this offense any better. We’ve yet to see them do much of anything to improve their scoring attack, which is a large concern after Sean Payton resigned.
- NFL salary cap room: $22.04 million
Moving off Carson Wentz helped Indy when it comes to the NFL salary cap. Acquiring an upgrade in Matt Ryan while being able to restructure his contract was also a coup for general manager Chris Ballard.
With Ryan and another Pro Bowler in that of Yannick Ngakoue in the mix, these Colts still have enough cap room to add at positions of need. That includes wide receiver and cornerback.
NFL salary cap 2022: Other teams with cap space
- Houston Texans: $21.85 million
- Cleveland Browns: $21.02 million
- Los Angeles Chargers: $18.83 million
- Cincinnati Bengals: $18.39 million
- Detroit Lions: $18.30 million
- Denver Broncos: $16.48 million
- Philadelphia Eagles: $15.82 million
- New York Jets: $15.77 million
- Chicago Bears: $15.76 million
- Minnesota Vikings: $15.66 million
- Seattle Seahawks: $15.61 million
- Kansas City Chiefs: $15.54 million
- Green Bay Packers: $15.13 million
- Dallas Cowboys: $14.25 million
- Pittsburgh Steelers: $13.41 million
- Miami Dolphins: $11.22 million
- Washington Commanders: $10.74 million
- Jacksonville Jaguars: $10.51 million
- Los Angeles Rams: $8.84 million
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $8.22 million
- Baltimore Ravens: $7.04 million
- Arizona Cardinals: $6.73 million
- Las Vegas Raiders: $6.59 million
- New England Patriots: $5.57 million
- Atlanta Falcons: $4.82 million
- Buffalo Bills: $3.85 million
- Tennessee Titans: $2.34 million
- New York Giants: $1.89 million
- San Francisco 49ers: $1.86 million
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