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Source: League, union “scrambling” to push up 2012 cap number

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So why don’t teams know, only 10 days away from the launch of a new league year, the 2012 salary cap?

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the league and the NFLPA currently are “scrambling” to increase the tentative number.

The problem arises from two realities.  Under the new CBA, players receive a finite number (47 percent of specifically defined revenues) to cover both salaries and benefits.  But the costs of the benefits have increased, driving more of the allocation away from salaries.

And so, for roughly a week, the NFLPA has been trying to re-do the numbers in order to trim back the benefit costs and in turn drive up the salary cap.

It’s not the first smoke-and-mirrors exercise under the new CBA.  The absence of a performance-based pay system in 2011 directly resulted in a higher salary cap for 2011.  This year, the return of the performance-based pay system (at $3.46 million per team) takes money away from the cap.

While the union currently is trying to find a solution, it’s a shared problem.  The league doesn’t want the players to think they got a bad deal in 2011, and so the league has a certain amount of willingness to cooperate with the effort.  Moreover, the teams (most of them, at least) want to drive up the cap number in order to have more money to spend.

Regardless, the number will come out at some point within the next 10 days.  The longer it takes, the more likely it will be that, in the end, this problem has no acceptable solution.

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9 Responses to “Source: League, union “scrambling” to push up 2012 cap number”
  1. billinva says: Mar 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    They waited until now to figure this out?

  2. lolb23 says: Mar 3, 2012 11:22 AM

    Shoulda accepted the 18 game schedule…

  3. micronin127 says: Mar 3, 2012 11:25 AM

    Maybe the NFLPA can agree to the proposal for HGH testing in exchange for the league adding a few million to the 2012 cap.

  4. riverhorsey says: Mar 3, 2012 1:07 PM

    The GM’s who accounted for it shouldn’t have their teams penalized because poorly run teams didn’t account for it.

    Leave it like it is.

  5. micronin127 says: Mar 3, 2012 1:14 PM

    Probably more a statement of ongoing double-digit increase in health care costs. Can you imagine buying health insurance for professional football players? That is a high risk pool of needing all manner of surgeries, CAT scans, MRI scans….

    It will get better the sooner they cash in on the league popularity and sign record setting TV deals, but this is going to be a lean year.

  6. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 3, 2012 1:15 PM

    The pay cut the owners wanted is coming home to roost. The NFLPA is just looking for some gimmicks to try to make it look like they didn’t get slammed as badly as they did.

  7. fordwuzanazi says: Mar 3, 2012 3:06 PM

    All these so called “smart” money people sitting for weeks arguing over the numbers of splitting revenue a no one saw this coming. That is too funny. The owners really won in this labor deal that’s for sure and I’m sure their people saw it coming and now there just trying to avoid a player revolt.

  8. ravenator says: Mar 3, 2012 3:18 PM

    players only have themselves to blame

  9. voyager6 says: Mar 3, 2012 5:55 PM

    As long as there is no cap floor this year, I doubt owners care, except it lets the teams off the hook that abused the cap last year by pushing all their salary into 2012 and later. A higher cap means those team can keep more of their higher talented players, which is fair to the lower cap teams.

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