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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