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Notes: Detroit Lions will carry over 4th most 2018 cap space in NFC

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It’s not a ton of cap space, but relatively so, it’s not bad.

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NFL free agency is just over a month away, and soon teams will be managing their cap space in order to fit a new slew of players. One often forgotten part of the salary cap equation is the rollover from last year. Put simply, if you don’t use it, you don’t lose it.

On Thursday, the NFL Players Association released official figures on how much rollover cap each team will have in 2019. According to the graphic, the Lions will be carrying an addition $6.4 million in cap space.

$6.4 million may not seem a lot—and it’s really not by league-wide standards; Detroit ranks just 14th in the NFL in rollover cap. However, compared to the rest of the NFC, the Lions are actually doing alright. Only three teams—the Packers ($7.8M), 49ers ($35M) and the Cowboys ($11.7M)—will be carrying over more.

This is important because these are the teams the Lions will mostly be competing against. 12 of their 16 regular season games will be against NFC foes next year, so the fact that Detroit has a leg up—even if it’s a small leg up—is obviously beneficial to the team.

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