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We are less than a week from the official start of NFL Free Agency as teams can finally sign available players at 4 p.m. EST on March 13. But just like every year, the playing field won't be equal. The salary cap will restrict which teams can sign the biggest free agents and how many players can go to one team. 


There are a decent amount of teams with loads of cap space this offseason, but nothing compares to the two teams at the top.  

The NFL cap for 2019 is currently set at $188.2 million, and both the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts have over half of their allotted salary free for the 2019 season.


That should be enough room to sign Le'Veon Bell about five or six times over.


It's even more impressive for the Colts since Andrew Luck isn't on his rookie contract anymore, and they still have more $100 million in cap space. But most of that money will likely go toward the defense or a running back. Given that Indianapolis was a playoff team last year, the future could not be brighter for the Colts. 


On the other hand, the Jets will likely spend their money on offensive skill players, as Sam Darnold looked promising in his rookie season but just didn't have enough talent around him. 

Flipping the script to the bottom of this list, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars were abysmal last year and probably won't get much better unless they have a great draft. 


Luckily, the Colts and Jets don't have to worry about that as the next step for both franchises is simple: spend that money wisely. 


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