When the NFL announced in January that it would be cutting its salary cap in 2018, it left plenty of wiggle room for teams to spend on players.
In 2018, for instance, teams will have the opportunity to spend up to $6 million on players with four years of experience or less.
However, teams are only allowed to spend a maximum of $1.5 million per team on each player, with the league capping at $2.5m for the first time.
So, teams won’t have the ability to splash the cash and instead have to decide whether to sign players that have shown promise.
But here are some other ways teams can make the most of their cap space, in case you missed them.
Trade the #1 overall pick.
In the 2017 draft, the Cleveland Browns took cornerback Kevin Johnson, who had a very good season in 2016, and the Minnesota Vikings took running back Adrian Peterson.
Johnson had a career year with 1,534 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Peterson was second on the team with 1 and a half yards per carry.
The Browns, who made the playoffs last season, were in position to get Peterson, but they had to trade the top pick, which was then traded to the Carolina Panthers, for running back Melvin Gordon.
The deal was a steal for the Browns, which had the chance to get a player that was one of the best in the NFL.
Now, if the Vikings don’t get Johnson, they could go back to the trade block and take running back Dalvin Cook with the No. 2 pick.
Cook has a big year this year, averaging 4.8 yards per rush and catching 38 passes for 623 yards and four touchdowns.
The Vikings could also use a running back with a similar skill set to Johnson, which could be Dalvin Brown.
Brown has 6,038 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, so he could help the Vikings get back to Super Bowl contention this season.
Sign free agents.
The Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons have all been in talks about free agency this offseason, and all of the free agents have their own plans to hit the market.
There are some players that could help your team this offseason.
Take a look at the free agent wide receivers who could help you this offseason: Free agents wide receivers: Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Kenny Stills, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, DeSean Jackson, Kenny Britt, Demaryius Thomas, Mike Evans, Roddy White, Pierre Garcon, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Eric Decker, Josh Gordon, Michael Floyd, Demetrius Harris, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Larry Donnell, Keenan Allen, Dorial Green-Beckham, Eric Weddle, Marques Colston, Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Martavis Bryant, Larry Csonka, Anwar Richardson, Terrelle Pryor, Josh Freeman, Michael Thomas, Deion Sanders, Brandon Lloyd, Eric Ebron, T.J., T.Y. Hilton, Marqise Lee, Travaris Cadet, Torrey Smith, Michael Bennett, Davante Adams, Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings, Jermaine Kearse, Torry Holt, Brandon Marshall, Torrance Gibson, Eric Wright, Jerricho Cotchery, Jermyn Williams, Mike Williams, Antonio Gates, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Williams, Demontre Hurst, Eric Reid, Corey Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Reggie Wayne, Marvin Jones, Jeremy Gallon, Arian Foster, Larry Johnson, Pierre Desir, Michael Jenkins, Larry Jones, Jordan Matthews, Chris Hogan, Terrance Williams, Eric Berry, Larry Nance, Nate Washington, James Jones, Larry Warford, Kendall Wright, Andre Roberts, Nate Hairston, DeAngelo Williams, Davon House, Jermey Parnell, Travis Frederick, Andre Holmes, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Jordan Reed, Jerrell Freeman, Dontrell Robinson, Devin Taylor, J.
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Bryant, Terrell Owens, Alesia Jones, Teez Tabor, Corey Davis, Chris Ivory, Darrin Walls, Jaelen Strong, Tyron Smith, Jerrick McManis, Jordan Phillips, Mike Mitchell, Michael Dyer, Darius Slay, Eric Rowe, DeShaun Watson, Chris Thompson, Terrence Brooks, Tyreek Hill, Jabaal Sheard, Nate Sudfeld, Darryl Baldwin, Ryan Ramczyk, Mike Gesicki, Tamba Hali, Josh Boyd, D’haquille Williams, Brandon King, Michael Johnson, Terron Arm