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See how every NFL team is spending its cap space in 2017

By Matthew Coller

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It’s been very interesting to watch where teams have spent their money in free agency this offseason.

Wide receivers and running backs haven’t pulled in many big contracts, while offensive linemen have largely broken the bank.

Here is a chart made by Scott Barrett of Pro Football Focus on where each team is spending its cap space in 2017 (data via Overthecap.com)

Some observations:

– The Vikings would have been one of the highest in the league (if not No. 1) at the running back position, but this season they will be one of the lowest spenders.

– Even while handing out two big contracts to offensive linemen, Minnesota is mid-pack in spending up front.

– The Vikings aren’t currently pouring a lot of money into linebackers but with a decision on Anthony Barr’s fifth-year option forthcoming, that number will shoot up in 2018.

– Minnesota is now spending more money on offense than defense. That probably speaks to playing defensive players on rookie contracts and the expensive quarterback position.

– For a team with a good quarterback, it’s astounding how little Carolina has invested in receivers.

– The Raiders are spending 2% on the quarterback position while the Ravens spend 19%. There’s nothing better than having a top-notch QB on his rookie deal.

– New England is second in DB spending. Bill Belichick always finds ways to get good corners from Ty Law, to Darrelle Revis to Malcolm Butler and now Stephon Gilmore.

– The Packers are spending 12% on defensive backs. Aaron Rodgers must be beside himself that they haven’t spent any money in the secondary.

– Very few teams seem to be investing large amounts of cap space into linebackers.

– It’s surprising the Titans haven’t paid out more to put receivers around Marcus Mariota

– Dallas’s offense/defense difference will change once they move Tony Romo.

– There is about a 50/50 split for cap space spent on offense and defense. You might have expected more would go to the offensive side.

The post See how every NFL team is spending its cap space in 2017 appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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