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Packers still have plenty of cap space for rookie class, extensions

Packers have over $15 million in cap space heading into the end of March.

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The Green Bay Packers endeavor to keep themselves out of salary-cap hell, and they appear to have done another admirable job of doing so in 2016. While they have re-signed several players as well as seen extensions such as Mike Daniels' hit the books, the team remains more than $15 million under the cap heading into late March.

The numbers from the NFLPA's Public Salary Cap Report, which uses the top-51 contracts to configure how much financial flexibility each team has to work with this season. For context, the Packers have considerably more cap space than annual over-spenders like the New Orleans Saints (approximately $1.3 million) and New York Jets (roughly $2.9 million).

Though plenty of teams have more cap space than Green Bay, the team has more than enough to cover the cost of the upcoming rookie class as well as work towards extensions with the cavalcade of players set to hit free agency next offseason. The list includes  60 percent of the starting offensive line -- Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang and David Bakhtiari -- top running back Eddie Lacy, versatile defensive back Micah Hyde and a handful of other starters.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.