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Bills rank about 10th in available salary-cap space

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills enter the free-agency signing period today in solid shape as far as salary cap space goes.

The Bills are about 10th in the league in cap space, with about $18.5 million in room after the signing of cornerback Leodis McKelvin. The league average was $14.8 million, but that figure is boosted by the top five teams, which have a huge amount of space.

The Cleveland Browns have the most space in the league, $47 million as of a few days ago, according to leaguewide financial figures obtained by The News.

The teams next in line with the most space were: Cincinnati $42.9 million, Indianapolis $37 million, Philadelphia $34 million, Tampa Bay $32 million, Miami $31 million, Jacksonville $28 million and New England $26.4 million.

The Bills stood at $21 million in space before the McKelvin deal, according to the league data. That counted the top 51 salaried players under contract, which is what counts in the offseason. Once the regular season begins, all players under contract count.

Teams that were slightly over the cap were New Orleans, Dallas, Carolina, Washington and Pittsburgh.

Teams that has less than $7 million in space: Arizona, Detroit, the New York Jets, Oakland and San Francisco.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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