The Miami Dolphins are rolling over $69,161 dollars in unused salary cap space into 2018, according to the NFL Players Association.
No NFL team will carry over less.
If the Dolphins hadn’t had to sign Jay Cutler as an emergency replacement for Ryan Tannehill, their situation would have been different.
Teams are allowed to carry over space they did not spend into the next season.
For example, the Cleveland Browns will have up to $58.9 million more than the salary cap to spend in 2018.
Other teams with plenty of extra money to spend include the San Francisco 49ers ($56 million), Tennessee Titans ($30.3 million), Jacksonville Jaguars ($27.7 million), New York Jets ($17.3 million) and Indianapolis Cots ($16.8 million).
Among the teams that do not have a lot of carryover money: Seattle Seahawks ($547,000), Philadelphia Eagles ($514,000), New York Giants ($365,000) and New Orleans Saints ($287,000).
The New England Patriots will carry over $3 million and the Buffalo Bills will carry over $11.6 million.
The Dolphins plan to clear salary cap space by releasing linebacker Lawrence Timmons and tight end Julius Thomas.
It is also possible that Miami can restructure the contracts of players such as Ndamukong Suh and Ryan Tannehill. Suh is scheduled to count $26.1 million against the cap this season. Tannehill is scheduled to count $19.8 million.
The Dolphins may also choose to also release right tackle Ja’Wuan James, who is under team control for a fifth season.
If those things happen, Miami will need to locate a linebacker, tight end, running back, guard or tackle and probably at least one quarterback in free agency and the draft.
One thing Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has shown is a willingness to spend in any way his football department believes the club can be strengthened.
For now, Miami also needs to hold a $16 million place for franchise-tagged Jarvis Landry.
But a sign-and-trade or a long-term deal are two options that would very likely reduce his salary cap hit.