The Green Bay Packers entered the 2022 offseason in a bad spot. In fact, they had to second-worst salary cap situation in the NFL. Only the New Orleans Saints were in a worse spot. However, through contract extensions, cuts, and other restructures, the Packers have come a long ways. Today Christian Watson signed his rookie contract, he was the last one to do so. With that being said, Green Bay’s salary cap is starting to take shape for the 2022 season.
The Packers Expected Salary Cap Going Into 2022:
Over the years Ken Ingalls has established himself as the unofficial Green Bay Packers salary cap guru. He is very often spot on with his calculations. This is what he had to say after Christian Watson’s contract:
The Packers have been at this $16.8M cap number for 56 days. Now that Christian Watson is signed this should drop down to $15.8M. After cutdowns, practice squad, injured reserve the Packers will be +/- $10M (largely dependent on injuries) in cap space to start the season.
His comment was in response to this tweet:
With camps opening, here are the teams with the most cap space left …
1) Browns $48.02M
2) Cowboys $21.90M
3) Panthers $20.61M
4) Bears $17.93M
5) Packers $16.84M
6) Raiders $16.51M
7) Seahawks $15.88M
8) Vikings $15.64M
9) Bengals $15.03M
10) Steelers $14.05M
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 20, 2022
Given that Green Bay will likely be in the top 4-6 range of salary cap space, what could they do with it. According to the prediction by PFF, Julio Jones will get a one-year deal worth $10 million. Fully guaranteed. He only played in nine games in 2020 and just 10 games last season. Hopefully he has left those injury problems in the past, but there is no guarantee that Jones will remain healthy for a full season.
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