The Packers still have over $13 million in cap room.
With tough free-agency decisions coming up in the next year, looking after the salary cap will be crucial for Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.
According to Over The Cap, the Packers currently have $13.87 million remaining. That’s not a huge amount considering some of the contract extensions they may look to do in the near future.
The Packers could look to agree on long-term deals with David Bakhtiari and Kenny Clark this summer, and they should.
Packers have limited room to make additions
If the Packers want to sign any players between now and the start of the season, it’ll likely be short-term, affordable deals being made. They don’t have much room to make a huge trade or big signing unless they get flexible with the cap.
Or it would mean they might be unable to re-sign Bakhtiari, Clark, or Aaron Jones in the coming months.
Five of Green Bay’s 2020 draft class remain unsigned, too, including top three picks Jordan Love, AJ Dillon, and Josiah Deguara. The draft class won’t take up much cap room but it’s still something to note.
The key for Gutekunst will be which players he offers new deals to, and how he manages the salary cap with Russ Ball. They can’t afford to lose too many of their key players with soon-to-be expiring contracts, but it also won’t be easy to re-sign everybody.
I wrote about how the Packers should prioritize the upcoming contract extensions, but it’s not going to be easy for Gutekunst to make big moves with limited cap room available.
According to Over The Cap, Green Bay will pay $4.2 million in dead money this year, including $3.66 million after releasing Jimmy Graham with one year remaining on his deal, with the rest after moving on from Josh Jones and J’Mon Moore.
The Packers do have some room to work with, but their top priority will be re-signing key players.