The Bengals have an 25.5 Million dollar cap room. Quarterback, running back and wide receiver are all positions at which the Bengals are currently getting pretty good bang for their buck. Their offensive line is not unusually expensive although they do spend quite a bit of money on offensive tackles. With an elite player like A.J. Green, an emerging running back in Giovani Bernard and a solid QB in Andy Dalton, the future is bright offensively. Cincinnati to look to use their money to upgrade the secondary as their cornerbacks have under produced and are injury prone.
The Colts have 36.8 million dollars of cap space. It is ideal for Indianapolis to re-sign free agents Antoine Bethea and Vontae Davis, who are both fairly solid defensive backs. Without a doubt, with Andrew Luck leading their offense, they will get amazing production as long as they are willing to spend a little more money on reliable receivers and running backs.
The Jaguars have an estimated 53 million cap space. The key to the Jags’ situation this offseason is that of the nine unrestricted free agents on their roster at present, only four are starters. The Jaguars need to make changes to their offensive line, they only got fifty sacks in the 2013 season. The biggest impact on the Jaguars’ next season may well be the draft.
The Raiders have a crazy 64.7 million estimated cap. Their defensive priorities should be to keep Lamarr Houston, as he is reliable and will continue to produce on defense. Charles Woodson is a major question for the Raiders because of his age. At 37, it is unsure whether he is worth another contract. On the other hand, it may be wise to sign him for another year and start grooming a younger defensive back or two who can learn from him. After all, he is one of the best DB’s of all time. The Raiders’ biggest problem right now is their quarterback situation. This is looking like a year where they should turn to the draft for a quarterback. They have a very high draft pick and could get an extremely good player.
The Cleveland Browns have not spent nearly as much money as they could have in recent years during free agency. This is part of the reason that they have so much to spend in 2014 but were so bad in 2013. They have 50.1 million to spend. Obviously they need to spend a large amount of money on both quarterbacks and running backs. The offensive line is another area for improvement. Sacks totaled 49 this year and that’s third worst in the league.They are stacked at WR and TE, with potential superstars in Josh Gordan and Jordan Cameron. They have tons of money and a lot of potential to be good next season.