Posted February 20, 2014

NFL’s projected 2014 salary cap expected to approach $130 million, per report

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NFL salary cap 2014: The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers are still projected to be above the 2014 salary cap.

The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers are still projected to be above the 2014 salary cap. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL salary cap for next season is now expected to sit near $130 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday. That’s a five percent bump from last year’s $123 million total and up more than $3 million from earlier projections, which set the 2014 cap at $126.3 million.

The news is particularly important for those teams that currently find themselves a little cash-strapped headed into free agency. The Chargers, Lions, Steelers, Saints and Cowboys all began the offseason over that $126.3 million line; all but the Cowboys and Steelers should now be clear of that projected line.

There still will be cuts ahead of the open of free agency on March 11. Right now, the NFL is in the franchise tag window — teams have until March 3 to hit their impending free agents with either the franchise or transition tag. A higher cap would not impact those financial decisions at all, though it could impact the price tag on free agents, both restricted and unrestricted.

The anticipated salary cap move is of little consequence to the draft prospects taking the field here this week for the league’s scouting combine. Because of the rookie wage scale put into place after the lockout in 2011, the days of top picks commanding outrageous guaranteed-money contracts are over. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick, Kansas City’s Eric Fisher, signed a four-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $22.19 million. By comparison, the No. 1 pick in 2010, St. Louis’ Sam Bradford, inked a contract of $78 million over six years with $50 million guaranteed.

9 comments
WarrenSappSucked
WarrenSappSucked

HA! LET ME GUESS: JERRY JONES PAID ROGER FOR THIS TO HAPPEN, CORRECT?

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I wonder if NFL players look with envy at baseball, where teams carry a roster of 25 players, yet many teams are spending close to $200 million on player salaries. Fully guaranteed salaries to boot. In a sport where permanent physical and mental damage is not virtually guaranteed. The NFL players need to look long and hard at their union and reps.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Braking report for today, Friday Feb. 18th, 2032...


NFL announces new salary cap for each team for the 2033 season has just inched over the $1 Billion dollar plateau...


Roger Goodell II was paid $432 million for the 2032 season...  The league also paid Roger Goodell SR. his usual $75 million consulting deal...

kenc29
kenc29

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius  Sure, of course, who wouldn't. Then again, guys play football because they love it, not because it makes them the most money, otherwise, they'd be playing baseball.

jshawaii22
jshawaii22

@Sportsfan18


.... and the "fans" of the game now pay $50 per game pay-per-view during the season and $500.00 for the playoffs.


js

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

@WarrenSappSucked @Sportsfan18  Agreed. Fewer and fewer kids will be playing football EVERY year and Northwestern/Unions turned college sports upside down. Now there's only two, 10 team conferences playing college football as the rest of them would not pay players because they'd have to pay every college athlete at the school.