The NFL has officially set the salary cap number for this year, and the Detroit Lions have come out nicely in adjusted cap figures around the league.
The NFL officially set the salary cap at $208.2 million for 2022 on Monday, which is in line with previous projections and not necessarily huge news beyond it being made official and a big increase from the cap-reduced 2021 ($182.5 million). The Detroit Lions are in solid position under the salary cap, even though it was previously indicated they wouldn’t have much rollover money added.
With the official announcement of the NFL salary cap for this year, with rollover and any other adjustments from the 2021 league year counted, adjusted salary cap numbers for each team are out via Over The Cap. Right now eight teams actually come in below the $208.2 million base cap number, but the situation for each team is of course fluid as free agency approaches and internal roster decisions are made.
Here are the top five NFL teams in adjusted cap number.
The Detroit Lions are solidified in a pretty good spot financially
The Lions are equipped to be active in free agency, with the draft also an important part of their offseason roster building. Going all-in on one big-named free agent doesn’t feel ideal, but there won’t be many limitations to address needs and add depth across the roster.
Adjusted salary cap numbers can be fairly novel and cosmetic, in terms of predicting what a team will do to spend money in free agency or make other big moves. But more is certainly better than less when it comes to cap space, adjusted cap space or what have you, and the Lions are in a solid spot as the new league year approaches.