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NFL Playoff Teams: Salary Cap Numbers

Posted On
1/14/2016
By
SurePayroll

With the 2015 NFL salary cap set at $143.28 million, every franchise was in position to spend quite a bit of money to field a competitive team.

While some teams spent their money wisely, eventually landing in the playoffs, others fell short of this goal.

Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, each club has the right to carry over unused cap space from the previous year. For this reason, some teams have a salary cap greater than $143.28 million.

Below is a breakdown of the 12 NFL playoff teams, complete with their 2015 adjusted salary cap:

Cincinnati Bengals: $152,130,435

Green Bay Packers: $151,471,106

Denver Broncos: $150,066,024

Minnesota Vikings: $149,627,960

Carolina Panthers: $149,371,637

Arizona Cardinals: $148,515,866

Seattle Seahawks: $148,257,738

Washington Redskins: $146,591,745

Kansas City Chiefs: $146,144,200

Houston Texans: $146,025,746

New England Patriots: $144,578,084

Pittsburgh Steelers: $144,058,469

(Information courtesy of the NFL Players Association)

There is not a big discrepancy between the playoff team with the highest salary cap, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the team at the bottom, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But here is something interesting: several teams that missed the playoffs spent millions more than every club on this list.

For example, the Jacksonville Jaguars had an adjusted salary cap of $168,486,107 for the 2015 season. When spending this much money, it is safe to assume that nobody associated with the organization, from the owner to the fans, expected a 5 - 11 record.

This information proves that spending more money does not always generate more success on the field.