According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are permitted to roll over any unused cap space from the previous season into the following season, provided that they spend an average of 89 percent of the salary cap between 2013 and 2016. The NFL's Players Association announced on Thursday the amounts that each team will be carrying over from 2015:
If you don't want to squint your eyes, the Detroit Lions are getting an extra $862,191 in cap space this year. That is the second-fewest total in the league. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the most rollover with almost $33 million added to their salary cap.
It comes as no surprise the Lions are not getting much from their 2015 cap. Even without re-signing Ndamukong Suh, the Lions were very cap-strapped last year, due to the third-highest cap hit in "dead-money" from broken and restructured contracts.
However, the Lions are still in good shape for free agency. Even adjusting each team's cap ceiling to reflect the rollover space from last year, the Lions are projected to be just outside of the top ten in the league in cap space, with over $33 million left to spend.