Packers may have to make salary-cap moves with Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson
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By Rob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brian Gutekunst described the salary cap as a puzzle, but the problem is the Green Bay Packers' first-year general manager doesn’t have room for many pieces.

With the salary cap set at $177.2 million for the 2018 season, the Packers don’t have much wiggle room at this point.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Packers have a little more than $16 million in available cap space. That ranks 23rd among all NFL teams.

In reality, however, they have less than that.

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With 12 draft picks, beginning with the 14th overall pick, they will need $9,260,960 in 2018 cap space to sign those picks, according to’s projections. Its projected cap number for the 14th pick is $2,507,504. Some of those draft pick contracts won’t factor into the salary cap because only the top 51 contracts count on the cap until the start of the regular...

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