- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The 2013 salary-cap situation in the AFC North looks like the 2012 one. There are the teams with plenty of cap room (the Bengals and Browns) and one with very little (the Steelers), according to ESPN's John Clayton.
There's only five teams in the league who are projected to have over $30 million in cap space and two of them reside in the AFC North. The Bengals have the most projected cap room in 2013 with $55.1 million. The team with the second-most cap room in the NFL is the Browns, who are projected to have $48.9 million. Indianapolis ($46 million), Miami ($35.8 million) and Tampa Bay ($31.3 million) round out the top five.
The Steelers are at the other extreme with a projected $10.8 million over the cap. Just like last season, it will force Pittsburgh to restructure contracts or release players. The Steelers are one of 10 teams who are over the projected 2013 cap. The others are: the Jets ($19.4 million), Cowboys ($18.2 million), Saints ($14.7 million), Panthers ($11.8 million), Giants ($4.7 million), Raiders ($4.5 million), Redskins ($4 million), Lions ($1.1 million) and Cardinals ($723,000).
The Ravens are relatively healthy with $15.7 million in cap space. But $14 million of that may have to go toward the franchise tag on quarterback Joe Flacco.