With the 2022 season already halfway over, there’s nothing wrong with taking a peek at the team’s projected cap space for the 2023 season. It looks increasingly likely that the Denver Broncos’ 2022 season is a goner.
Nathaniel Hackett looks in way over his head, and the team already has five losses, so they likely can’t afford to lose any more than seven games if they want to make the postseason. The 2023 season will likely be the “first” season of the Wilson era.
It’s also clear that the Broncos may have some holes to fill along the offensive line, and they could do that in free agency. To me, the way to fix the line is to upgrade perhaps the tackle situations, and target interior linemen in the draft.
That’s a different discussion, but what does their early 2023 cap space situation look like, and how are the other team’s in the AFC West projected to be at with their numbers?
Denver Broncos cap space situation for 2023
According to spotrac.com, the Broncos are projected to have $17,450,510 in cap space. This currently ranks 13th in the NFL. $17 million is by no means a lot of space, but it’s enough to make a few moves. This number is likely going to be very different in the coming months, and it always seems that the websites that list cap spaces are never really the same.
However, I’d be comfortable in saying that the numbers on this site are at least somewhat accurate. Right above the Broncos in projected cap space is the Kansas City Chiefs, who would have $19,989,179 in space.
A few slots above the Chiefs are the Las Vegas Raiders at $31,549,311. This number is sizeable and would allow them to make a couple of high profile moves and also allow them to make smaller moves as well.
The Los Angeles Chargers’ projected 2023 cap space is laughable, as they are projected to have a negative amount of $15,208,967. I believe that by rule, they are supposed to be out of the red by the start of the new league year.
They will have some serious restructuring to do in order to simply get back into the green. The cap space for all of these teams will likely change, but the Broncos are not in a bad spot heading into 2023.