Denver Broncos 2018 salary cap situation, possible cap casualties

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2018 Salary Cap

The Denver Broncos are set up pretty well against the 2018 salary cap, which is projected once again to increase upon this past year’s figure of $167 million.

Over The Cap and Spotrac both project the 2018 salary cap for the NFL to be $178 million, so we’re going to be working with that as the baseline for everything else we talk about here.

2018 salary cap (projected): $178,000,000

Broncos projected cap space: $31,528,746

Dead money: $365,907

With over $31 million in projected cap space and little to no dead money on the books (most of the dead money is from the Ty Sambrailo trade) the Broncos will have the opportunity to take a look at a variety of moves in the offseason, including  the exploration of a highly priced quarterback if they so choose.

We’ve taken a look at what signing Kirk Cousins could mean for the Broncos’ draft plans already…

But even if the Broncos don’t want to pursue Cousins, they can go after a quarterback in the $20 million or under range, and still have plenty of flexibility elsewhere on the roster.

Which leads us to the part that no one really likes talking about, potential goodbyes…