NFL free agency 2014: Buffalo Bills have $22 million in cap space

Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Hindered by more than $12 million in dead money and a huge cap number for Mario Williams, the Buffalo Bills still have more than $22 million in cap space with free agency set to begin today.

The 2014 NFL league year begins at 4PM ET this afternoon, and with it, veteran contracts will expire and free agency will officially begin.

Overthecap.com (via Rotoworld.com) published a team-by-team breakdown of salary cap space in advance of the start of free agency, and their numbers show that the Buffalo Bills have $22,446,638 in cap room heading into the new league year. It's the fourteenth-highest total in the NFL, putting them essentially in the middle of the pack.

Hurting the Bills' overall cap space is their more than $12 million in dead money, which Overthecap.com says is the fourth-highest amount in the league. $7 million of that belongs to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was designated a post-June 1 cut last March. Add in the fact that Mario Williams counts for $18.8 million against the cap this year, and it's easy to surmise why the Bills don't have more money to work with.

Buffalo can free up a bit more room by releasing veterans - the most likely to go seems like veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb - but for now, that $22.4 million figure is the one to keep in mind when free agency begins later on today.

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