NFL free agency: Cowboys, Jets among teams with least projected salary cap space

The 2016 NFL season is over, which means it’s time to start looking to the 2017 offseason.

The NFL estimates the salary cap in 2017 will be between $166 million and $170 million, but despite that big number, there still will be a bunch of teams that might struggle with the cap.
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Using a $168 million salary cap limit, we look at the teams that project to have less than $21 million in cap space before they start cutting players and/or restructuring contracts to prepare for free agency.

Pro: Allen has been well-schooled at Alabama under Nick Saban and would’ve been a top 15 pick last year. He can play defensive end and defensive tackle and would be an excellent piece for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to build around. He’s a safe pick and lead-by-example-type player.

Elite Mens Wes Hopkins Jersey Con: Is “safe” worthy of the No. 1 pick? Allen is 6-3 and 291 pounds. He’s a converted outside linebacker, and he might have to bulk up to play inside in the NFL.

A 2014 fourth-round draft pick from Wisconsin, White has long played a complementary role in conjunction with other running backs. He split carries in high school (St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) with Bengals running back Giovani Bernard. White also played alongside the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon and two other 1,000-yard college rushers (John Clay and ex-Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball) during four seasons with the Badgers.

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