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Updated salary cap space for the AFC East after first wave of free agency

Posted by Erik Frenz  March 14, 2014 02:00 PM

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The New England Patriots have $16,964,036 in salary cap space, according to NFLPA records.

This amount is updated through Friday at noon, but does not reflect the Patriots' signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis (which is still not official) or the release of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (which hasn't happened yet). Wilfork has asked for his release, but as pointed out by NFL Network's Albert Breer, Wilfork is on vacation, so the Patriots could be waiting until he returns to let the other shoe drop.

The two moves would nearly cancel each other out. The Revis signing would count $7 million against the 2014 salary cap, while releasing Wilfork would create $8 million in cap space.

Here's a look at the rest of the cap space across the AFC East:

Buffalo Bills: $14,532,853

The Bills' limited salary cap space helps explain why they haven't been very active in free agency just yet. They have signed $44.7 million worth in total money and $16 million guaranteed since the start of free agency. The Bills also have a lot of money tied up in their defensive line, with Mario Williams ($18.8 million), Kyle Williams ($6.25 million) and Marcell Dareus ($6,493,232) accounting for 23.7 percent of the Bills' cap space in 2014.

Miami Dolphins: $35,685,752

It's a little surprising that the Dolphins have so much cap space given the signings they made last offseason, and some of the signings they have already made this offseason. They have signed $77.5 million worth in total money and $40 million worth in guaranteed money since the start of free agency, and that's not including the four-year, $32 million deal with $16 million guaranteed for cornerback Brent Grimes. The Dolphins could still be active in free agency if they are so inclined.

New York Jets: $34,189,282

The Jets are still sitting pretty with their cap space even after signing Eric Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million deal with $15 million guaranteed. That is their only big-ticket signing this offseason, but they have signed a couple other deals (four-year, $18 million contract for right tackle Breno Giacomini and a one-year, $1 million deal for defensive lineman Leger Douzable). They could still even add to their cap space by releasing Mark Sanchez (would clear $8.3 million off the 2014 salary cap).

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