Most people have heard of roll over minutes and data form cell phone carriers. You don't use the data or the minutes, they get sent to the next month to give you more than you are normally allotted for that month. Little did most people know the NFL has a similar process, but with the salary cap.
If a team doesn't use all of the available salary cap space for a particular year, that money could be carried over into the following year. Teams have the option of carrying over the unused cap space, and all but three have done so heading into 2016.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who are typically near the closest to the salary cap, are carrying over $3,000,327 into their 2016 salary cap situation.
So, what does this mean? When the 2016 NFL Salary Cap is made official -- it is rumored to be increasing to nearly $156 million this upcoming year -- the Steelers' $3 million dollar roll over will give them more money to utilize on free agents, signing their own players and paying out the 2016 rookie class once they sign their contracts.
Here are the complete roll over amounts for the entire NFL, per the NFLPA website.
Arizona Cardinals - $3,031,663
Atlanta Falcons - $3,905,771
Baltimore Ravens - $1,633,944
Buffalo Bills - $4,467,331
Carolina Panthers - $3,731,200
Chicago Bears - $867,589
Cincinnati Bengals - $7,587,902
Cleveland Browns - $20,734,144
Dallas Cowboys - $3,571,239
Denver Broncos - $3,300,000
Detroit Lions - $862,191
Green Bay Packers - $6,953,847
Houston Texans - $1,637,055
Indianapolis Colts - $4,950,629
Jacksonville Jaguars - $32,774,928
Kansas City Chiefs - $2,622,838
Los Angeles Rams - $933,521
Miami Dolphins - $9,137,544
Minnesota Vikings - $2,090,409
New England Patriots - $1,347,882
New Orleans Saints - $1,400,000
New York Giants - $11,193,231
New York Jets - $2,484,216
Oakland Raiders - $13,373,617
Philadelphia Eagles - $7,255,362
Pittsburgh Steelers - $3,000,327
San Diego Chargers - $2,287,176
San Francisco 49ers - $12,206,686
Seattle Seahawks - $11,587
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $7,987,748
Tennessee Titans - $20,783,801
Washington Redskins - $5,837,734