The Green Bay Packers are in a good position entering free agency without much dead money to pay in the 2019 season.
The Green Bay Packers have maintained a healthy salary cap for a number of years, and that is the case again entering the new league year this offseason.
According to Spotrac, the Packers are set to pay $519,121 in dead money in 2019, which is the sixth-lowest amount in the NFL. Considering the salary cap will be at around $189 million next season, that’s not a lot to pay.
Note: All numbers in this article are according to Spotrac.
Vince Biegel, who the Packers selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft but released ahead of the 2018 season, will have a cap hit of $346,870 for the Packers this year.
Now, the total number of dead money could change if general manager Brian Gutekunst decides to make roster moves to free up cap room.
For example, Nick Perry is currently under contract for the 2019 season and will have a cap hit of $14.44 million, which is the highest of any Packers player not named Aaron Rodgers. Considering his injury history and the fact he posted just 1.5 sacks last year, Green Bay could decide to move on this offseason.
By doing so, Green Bay would save over $3 million in cap room, but would still be paying $11.1 million for a player who wouldn’t be on the roster.
This isn’t to say these are moves the Packers should make, but by releasing Tramon Williams they’d save just under $5 million with a dead cap hit of just $1.63 million. Releasing Bryan Bulaga would free up $6.6 million with a dead cap hit of $1.6 million.
But considering how important Bulaga is to the offensive line when healthy, the Packers shouldn’t even consider moving on.
The good news is that Green Bay enters free agency in a good position. Gutekunst will have enough salary cap room to make a few moves, and the team doesn’t have much dead money to worry about.