- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton has the early salary-cap projections for 2013.
Keep in mind, these are raw numbers before any roster cuts are made. These numbers are subject to change when teams begin making transactions.
But here is where each AFC East team’s cap currently stands:
Buffalo Bills: $20.6 million under
Miami Dolphins: $35.8 million under
New England Patriots: $18.6 million under
New York Jets: $19.4 million over
Overall, the AFC East is doing well with the cap. The Dolphins are the major players from the division and one of the biggest in the NFL. Expect Miami to make some significant signings in free agency.
The New York Jets are the only team over the cap. The new general manager will have a lot of work to do. New York needs to get under the cap and provide enough space for free agents and its rookie class.
Look for the Jets to cut several veterans such as safety Eric Smith, offensive tackle Jason Smith and linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace. New York also will be hard-pressed to re-sign starting safety LaRon Landry, tight end Dustin Keller and tailback Shonn Greene.
The Bills and Patriots are both in decent shape and most likely will make additional cuts to add more cap space.