As we get set to start the new NFL league year of 2022, each team is set up differently in how they can approach the offseason. The amount of cap space you have available matters, as well as the amount of draft picks and leverage you have in order to bring in young talented stars. The capital available to teams this offseason can go a long way to improve teams going into the coming season. Below are my rankings of teams’ offseason positions, based off draft capitol and cap space per Over the Cap.
(Numbers to the right of the team name and ranking are my score based on average of position in cap space and draft value categories in the league, meaning the lower the better.)
32 – Los Angeles Rams (30)
The Los Angeles Rams have the least amount of offseason capital to work off of in the league. Sitting at over fourteen million over the cap which is 28th in the league in cap space, there is not a lot of room to work for Los Angeles. It does not get much better when you look at their draft capital going into 2022. as the Rams have eight picks when accounting for projected compensatory picks. All picks come in the thid round or later and these picks only account for a value of 169.9 according to most metrics, which is the worst in the NFL.
31 – Green Bay Packers (27)
The Green Bay Packers are in a tough situation when it comes to their cap space. With the second lo last amount of cap space in the NFL, Green Bay currently sits at over fifty million over the cap going into the 2022 season. They will need to retain key free agents such as Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams with minimal room to work with the cap. The Packers do still have control over nine draft picks throughout the draft and one first round pick as they try to bring in some young talent. With a fair amount to work with, they still sit at 23rd in the league when it comes to value in the draft.
30 – San Francisco 49ers (27)
The San Francisco 49ers currently sit at 23rd in the league in cap space as they are currently projected over four million over the cap. Some room will have to be made before even looking too far into free agency. The 49ers also have the second worst value in the draft, as they have eight picks, but no first rounder, only accounting for a value of 506.4. This offseason is not set up great for the 49ers as they lack value in the draft and money in cap space to make big time moves.
29 – Tennessee Titans (26.5)
The Tennessee Titans are also one of the teams towards the bottom of the league in cap space to work with this offseason. The Titans sit at 26th in the league in cap space as they are over seven million over the cap going into the 2022 season. The Titans are also towards the bottom of the league when it comes to draft capital, with seven projected draft picks that only total up to a value of 956.2, which is 27th in the league.
28 – Dallas Cowboys (24.5)
The Dallas Cowboys are another team in a tough situation against the cap going into 2022. The Cowboys currently have the third least amount of cap space in the NFL, which leaves them at 30th, being over twenty one million over the cap going into the season. The Cowboys are projected to hold seven draft picks in the 2022 NFL draft which totals to a value of 1,332.4, 19th in the league in draft capital.
27 – New Orleans Saints (23.5)
The New Orleans Saints have the least amount of cap space in the entire league. New Orleans is currently projected to be over seventy five million over the cap in the 2022 NFL season. This of course is a tough spot to be in as they try to make offseason moves. The Saints are lucky to hold eight picks in the 2022 NFL draft that total up to a value of 1,541.2. This is 15th in the league and sets them up to at least bring in some young talent.
26 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22.5)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers go into the offseason in need of an answer at the quarterback position after Tom Brady’s retirement. The Buccaneers are 21st in the league in projected cap space with a little over three million dollars to work with in free agency to help answer these questions. Tampa Bay also has seven picks in the 2022 NFL draft to work with that total up to a value of 1,069.4, which is 24th in the league.
25 – Kansas City Chiefs (22.5)
The Kansas City Chiefs go into the offseason ranking 20th in the league in cap space, with a little over four million projected to work with. The Chiefs are projected to have ten total draft picks in the 2022 NFL draft, which still only totals up to a value of 1,183.3 despite a high number of picks. This makes sense as four of the Chiefs ten picks are in the seventh round of the draft.
24 – Buffalo Bills (22)
The Buffalo Bills are among the teams that are projected to be over the cap. They rank 24th in the league in cap space while being over four million against the cap space. The Bills own nine picks in the coming 2022 NFL draft and rank 20th in value, sitting at 1,296.4. Both of these numbers are below average in the league but still gives the Bills room to figure out ways to maximize their offseason.
22 – Minnesota Vikings (20.5)
The Minnesota Vikings are in a tough spot against the cap as they are at 29th in the league in projected cap space going into the 2022 season. They currently sit at over fifteen million over the cap. The Vikings do however, have a considerable amount of value in the draft. They sit at 12th in the league in projected value in the draft at 1,919.0. The Vikings own eight picks in the coming draft to bring in young talent for their team.
21 – Chicago Bears (20)
The Chicago Bears have a good amount of cap space to work with this offseason, as they sit at 11th in the league, with over twenty eight million. The Bears are above league average in cap space but lack draft capital to work with. With no first round pick and only five picks projected in the 2022 NFL draft, the Bears sit at a value of 827.2 in the draft, which is 29th in the league.