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Packers can roll over nearly $8 million of cap space into 2017

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Once again, Ted Thompson has the Packers in solid salary-cap shape.

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Under general manager Ted Thompson, the Green Bay Packers have done a good job of managing the salary cap. That remains true, as the team can roll over nearly $8 million of cap space from 2016 into next season, according to the NFLPA's club-spending records.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, NFL teams can roll over any unused cap space from one year to the next. While not every team chooses to retain the full amount, most take advantage of this ability to maximize spending flexibility. Even after the large extension handed to franchise left tackle David Bakhtiari, rookie contracts, and other expenses, the Packers had the third-most unused cap space of any playoff team this season.

Should the Packers roll over all the unused cap space from 2016, they could find themselves near the top of the league again in total cap space this offseason. Over the Cap currently projects them at just over $36 million in available funds notwithstanding any rollover, which places the team right in the middle of the league.

While the Packers don't frequently make splashes in free agency, they do generally retain their top free agents. This year, starters T.J. Lang, Nick Perry, Jared Cook, Julius Peppers, and Eddie Lacy all hit free agency as do key reserves JC Tretter, Datone Jones, and Micah Hyde.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. He 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.