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Buffalo Bills salary cap update, offseason 2018

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The last time we updated you on the salary cap was before the 2018 NFL Draft. Following some trades, let’s take a look at where they stand.

The last time we checked in on the Buffalo Bills salary cap was before the 2018 NFL Draft and before Eric Wood retired. We predicted rookie cap space based on where the Bills were picking knowing they probably wouldn’t stay put. With only rookie Josh Allen left unsigned, it’s a good time to re-evaluate as the Bills head into training camp with some roster holes still left they might consider filling.

Buffalo’s adjusted salary cap is $177.2 million plus the $11.58 million they rolled over from 2017, for a grand total of $188.78 million.

Their contracts total $144.6 million but only the top 51 contracts, $125.9 million, count toward the salary cap in the offseason. Buffalo has a massive $46.9 million in dead money already paid to players like Wood, Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn, and Tyrod Taylor that needs to be accounted for.

To figure Josh Allen’s number, we will look at the quarterback drafted right after him. Josh Rosen was chosen one pick later and signed a contract with a 2018 cap hit of just under $3.2 million. Rosen’s number is $300,000 higher than the number 11 pick, so we can assume Allen won’t be much higher than $3.5 million in 2018. With an undrafted free agent coming off the Top-51, the next effect on the cap will be $3 million.

After adding it all up, Buffalo has just under $13 million to work with right now. That’s more than what they rolled over from 2017 to 2018. If they sign a guy for the veteran minimum, it will bump off another undrafted guy off at the league minimum so as long as they don’t pay out a really large contract, this number won’t change much.

NFL salary cap: $177.2 million
2017 rollover: $11.58 million
2018 Adjusted Salary Cap: $188.78 million
All player contracts: $144.6 million
Top-51 contracts: $125.9 million
Dead cap space: $46.9 million
Josh Allen projection: $3.5 million ($3 million on Top-51)
Top-51 including Allen: $128.9 million
Total salary cap commitments (Top-51 + Allen + dead money): $175.8 million

Buffalo Bills current workable cap space: $12.98 million