Salary cap space for every AFC club entering 2018 offseason

Plus, every AFC squad's biggest need and dream free agent

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The NFL offseason technically started this week, although at PFW, we know there's actually about six weeks of bona fide quiet time between early February and late July — and that doesn't come until the summer.

Nonetheless, with one week until clubs can begin applying franchise tags (Feb. 20), two weeks until the Scouting Combine gets underway (Feb. 27) and less than four weeks until 48 hours of legal tampering precedes the start of the new league year and free agency (Mar. 14 at 4:00 PM ET), we thought now would be a good time to let you know where all 32 clubs stand salary cap-wise.

Going division by division, we'll share each AFC club's current salary cap figure (top 51 players) according to NFL stats, their greatest need and one dream free agent. Keep in mind: most teams have some cap finessing to do between now and free agency kicking off, and a number of high-profile vets whom teams will cut to clear space will join the free-agent pool. For now, we're focusing strictly on current cap room and unrestricted free agents, with the expectation of the cap rising from $167 million in 2017 to around $176 million.

Keep an eye out Tuesday afternoon for a cap and offseason need update for every NFC club.

AFC East

New England Patriots, $13 million, QB. Dream FA: DT Sheldon Richardson

Buffalo Bills, $29 million, QB. Dream FA: QB Kirk Cousins

Miami Dolphins, $8 million, OG. Dream FA: Andrew Norwell

New York Jets, $73 million, QB. Dream FA: QB Kirk Cousins

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers, $7 million, ILB. Dream FA: ILB Zach Brown

Baltimore Ravens, $10 million, WR. Dream FA: WR Jarvis Landry

Cincinnati Bengals, $35 million, OT. Dream FA: OT Nate Solder

Cleveland Browns, $110 million, QB. Dream FA: QB Kirk Cousins

AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars, $16.9 million, QB. Dream FA: QB Drew Brees

Tennessee Titans, $49.4 million, EDGE. Dream FA: DE Ezekiel Ansah

Houston Texans, $56 million, OG. Dream FA: OG Andrew Norwell

Indianapolis Colts, $77 million, WR. Dream FA: WR Allen Robinson

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs, $12,000, WR. Dream FA: WR Allen Robinson

Los Angeles Chargers, $23 million, OT. Dream FA: OT Nate Solder

Oakland Raiders, $19.9 million, LB. Dream FA: LB Nigel Bradham

Denver Broncos, $26 million, QB. Dream FA: QB Kirk Cousins

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