- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Adam Schefter’s report this morning that the salary cap is expected to be $130 million in 2014 is good news for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The cap was projected to be $126 million, but the extra $4 million means the team will have roughly $52.5 million in cap space to spend on free agents and draft picks.
According to ESPN’s Roster Management System, the Jaguars’ current cap figure (including $5.5 million in dead money) is $96.5 million. That leaves them about $33.5 million under the $130 million cap, but the team also is able to carry over about $19 million from the 2013 season -- hence the $52.5 million in cap space.
There is a downside to having that extra room, though. It means the team doesn’t have to worry about extending contracts of any of the players from the 2009 or 2010 draft classes. None of the 15 players taken in those drafts developed into an elite or core player around which the Jaguars could build. In fact, only one of those players remains with the team: defensive end Tyson Alualu.