In case we haven’t mentioned it enough already here at Black and Teal, the Jacksonville Jaguars should have copious amounts of money to spend this offseason when free agency opens in March. Even without considering possible roster cuts, the Jaguars have the most salary cap space at their disposal of any team in the entire NFL.
Part of the reason the Jaguars have so much room to work with is a rule in the CBA allowing teams to rollover unused cap space from the prior year. Unsurprisingly, the Jaguars are benefiting greatly from said rule:
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It makes total sense when you consider the situation the Jacksonville franchise has been in over the better part of the last decade. With a horrific string of draft picks and terrible free agent signings, the Jaguars haven’t had the need to re-sign key players because, quite frankly, most of them have turned out to be bad at football. That will change in the future as the Jaguars work to retain players likeAllen Robinson
, but the lack of homegrown talent in Jacksonville has made it easy for the team to horde all this cap space.
"If the salary cap is between $155-$160 million, one reported estimate said the Jaguars will have $75 million in space.“That might be a little low,” Caldwell said.So how high?“I don’t like to get into specifics about cap stuff,” Caldwell said."
O’Halloran later speculated the Jaguars could have as much as $90 million in cap room after some veterans get cut.
It’s well known the Jaguars have the resources to sign a handful of high-priced, premium free agents. The big question is whether or not Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley can convince numerous veterans to sign with a team under a lot of pressure to essentially make the playoffs in 2016.