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How much cap space the Seahawks have heading into the 2020 NFL Draft

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NFL Combine - Day 2

With the 2020 NFL Draft on tap for Thursday set to bring a welcome round of actual news to NFL fans, Field Yates of ESPN has once again published the official league salary cap numbers for all 32 teams. Yates appears to have a source that regularly provides him access to the official league numbers, and knowing the official cap space limitations of each team heading into the draft allows for fans to better understand what teams can and cannot do without adjusting the cap.

Getting right to the numbers without wasting more time, here they are for every NFL team.

For the Seattle Seahawks, the $12,300,846 in cap space for 2020 matches up perfectly with the $12,300,846 the NFLPA lists in its public salary cap report. That is important because the NFLPA report also includes the fact that the team has 65 players under contract with that amount of space available. Comparing that with the 67 players listed at OverTheCap.com, it’s possible to determine that the difference of two players is likely Luke Willson and Bruce Irvin, whose contracts may not have become official just yet.

In any case, what that means is that once those contracts are taken into consideration, the Seahawks likely have right around $10M in cap space for 2020 prior to making the allocations to sign draft picks, pay the practice squad and have enough money left to pay injury replacements over the course of the season. As it stands right now, the Hawks will need roughly $2M to sign their draft picks, but that number could drop some if the team trades down out of the first round.

Putting it all together, the team has somewhere in the neighborhood of $4M-$5M in effective cap space to spend outside of the draft. There are undoubtedly a multitude of ways the team could free up additional space if necessary, including converting base salary to signing bonus, releasing players or through a trade. In summary, the Hawks have the space and flexibility necessary to operate during the draft, meaning the team can pursue whatever strategy is wishes between now and when the Cincinnati Bengals go on the clock Thursday evening.