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2012 cap expected to be $120.6 million

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It was getting lonely being the one of the only outlets writing anything about the whereabouts of the 2012 salary cap.  FOX’s Jay Glazer, who has been cranking out more scoops lately than a creamery worker on meth, says via Twitter that he’s hearing the number, when unveiled on Monday, will be $120.6 million per team.

That’s not much of an increase at all over the 2011 amount, $120.375 million.

At a time when the NFL continues to see increased popularity and revenue, an essentially flat cap seems odd, to say the least.

As we’ve been told, unexpected increases in benefits held the cap down.  Another factor is the return of the performance-based pay system, which sets aside $3.46 million per team that otherwise would boost the salary cap.  Some league insiders believe that this specific payment, which gives significant payment to players with low salaries but extensive playing time, was omitted in 2011 in order to keep the cap on the right side of $120 million.

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31 Responses to “2012 cap expected to be $120.6 million”
  1. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 10, 2012 10:46 PM

    Myeeh, they don’t like it let them go on strike for six and a half hours. See who cares.

  2. lombardihero says: Mar 10, 2012 10:51 PM

    What a joke…………………….. Are you kidding me it took that long to figure that out…………

    Get real NFL your looking more like a bunch of clowns daily.

  3. spytdi says: Mar 10, 2012 10:52 PM

    I’m certain a few teams were wishing the cap figure was a bit higher; namely the Steelers and Raiders.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:52 PM

    Doesn’t bode well for my Giants. But Jerry made everything out of nothing last year and will actually have a couple mill more this year.

  5. rollteal says: Mar 10, 2012 10:57 PM

    This is crap how the cap can’t be 130 or 135 with the revenue the league has.

  6. kjm18 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:57 PM

    Of course the cost of benefits are going up. You can thank the POTUS for healthcare costs rising. In any event, the players lost big in the CBA negotiations. This shouldn’t be all that surprising.

  7. hosmachine says: Mar 10, 2012 10:59 PM

    Is that T.O. in the picture counting whats left of his dough?

  8. gweez76 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:59 PM

    Welcome to the “partnership” players.

    Expenses rise just like revenue. Of course next year when the new tv contracts kick in the cap will jump.

  9. ricksaints says: Mar 10, 2012 11:00 PM

    We might start seeing some teams start resigning their own players before free agency start.

  10. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Mar 10, 2012 11:03 PM

    Performance-based pay system…like bounties?

  11. ninerrob52 says: Mar 10, 2012 11:21 PM

    If the previous cap was egregiously tilted toward the players (as some players admitted), then shouldn’t this be what we expected? The NFL economy is catching up with the “really high” cap number.

  12. deanvernonwormer says: Mar 10, 2012 11:30 PM

    Cap should be $165,000,000.

  13. daknight93 says: Mar 10, 2012 11:35 PM

    wow, just unbelievable…teams could be re signing players fast on monday

  14. daknight93 says: Mar 10, 2012 11:39 PM

    it had taken this long to figure this amount out…just senseless and 1 day before FA starts…that truly sucks!

  15. TeamBalco says: Mar 11, 2012 12:05 AM

    In other news, Kelly is… 3.5 miles away.

  16. lgbarn says: Mar 11, 2012 12:10 AM

    kjm18 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:57 PM

    Of course the cost of benefits are going up. You can thank the POTUS for healthcare costs rising. In any event, the players lost big in the CBA negotiations. This shouldn’t be all that surprising.

    ———————————————————-

    I come here for sports not politics. About the only time I want to hear about politics together with sports is if it directly affects the game or (heaven forbid) the president is playing a round of golf or basketball for stress relief.

  17. roamingabriel says: Mar 11, 2012 12:14 AM

    Why don’t more of you guys identify your team in your names so we have a point of reference for your brilliance?

    I like the cap low, it encourages lots of player movement and we’ll see which FO is most competent…….

  18. bearsbuiltnfl says: Mar 11, 2012 12:17 AM

    The players did NOT lose in the CBA and the cap can’t get anywhere near 130-135 anytime soon (would create too large a divide between “the haves” and “have nots”). The NFL is one of those beasts that has to grow together, not everybody can pace 135m right now, i.e. Cleveland, Jacksonville, Buffalo. Percentage of players salaries versus total revenue has remained comparable over the last decade, it’s not like they’re getting stiffed. What we need to cry havoc let slip over is the disparity in revenue sharing, not an adequate hike in overall salary cap. Go Bears, see you on Bourbon street!!!

  19. switch123 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:22 AM

    Too Bad for the Raiders, Colts, Steelers, Cowboys, Saints and Giants all barley under the salary cap LOL

  20. phillyocmd says: Mar 11, 2012 12:26 AM

    NoPayneNoGain51 says:
    Mar 10, 2012 11:03 PM
    Performance-based pay system…like bounties?

     I was just thinking that same thing…go Eagles…all hail Buddy Ryan!
    As wrong as I think it is… it was funny as hell when he did it!

  21. east96st says: Mar 11, 2012 12:49 AM

    “Of course the cost of benefits are going up. You can thank the POTUS for healthcare costs rising.”

    Since 2001, employer-sponsored health coverage for family premiums have increased by 113%. There has been a 18% increase since Obama took office. The largest single year jump since 2001 was 14% in 2002. Who do you blame for that one?

  22. zampft says: Mar 11, 2012 12:58 AM

    They must have to sock all that money in the mattress to cover the pending concussion litigation.

  23. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 11, 2012 12:58 AM

    2009 cap was $~127 million. The nfl is killing it everywhere. This makes no sense.

  24. firethorn1001 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:03 AM

    So, it seems they basically increased the cap by the cost of the average total of fines levied by the NFL?

  25. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:13 AM

    Uhhh … already posted by Pride of Detroit over two hours ago ….

    “NFL Salary Cap Will Reportedly Be Around $120.6 Million

    by Sean Yuille on Mar 10, 2012 8:20 PM PST in NFL News”

  26. ghost072 says: Mar 11, 2012 4:05 AM

    “Of course the cost of benefits are going up. You can thank the POTUS for healthcare costs rising.”

    Wow, thanks for injecting your typical ditto-head dummy assertions into a completely unrelated story. Health care costs have been rising in this country for decades, outpacing GDP by about 2.5 percentage points since 1960 – but this is somehow President Obama’s fault (he was born in 1961, shame he couldn’t have stopped this problem from his father’s loins). The reason some kind of health care reform was needed was that health care costs have been growing at an unsustainable rate (and BTW, Obama’s plan is basically the same as the Heritage Foundation’s from the 90′s).

    Sometimes I wish I lived in such an easily distorted fantasy land. But then I remember that I prefer to be intelligent.

  27. 7thlombardiontheway says: Mar 11, 2012 7:34 AM

    6 rings of glory

  28. gpete1962 says: Mar 11, 2012 8:42 AM

    With a rookie salary cap in place you cant blame the players anymore for lack of loyalty to there fans or there teams, the real culprit of the fans are the greedy owners.

    Raise the the team caps to 135 mill you greedy Ba$tards !!

  29. ike301 says: Mar 11, 2012 9:14 AM

    Of course the cost of benefits are going up. You can thank the POTUS for healthcare costs rising. In any event, the players lost big in the CBA negotiations. This shouldn’t be all that surprising.

    What? You make a foolish comment like this here? What does the president have to do with this? Your hatred for the man is evident.

    You actually place the blame at his feet, because of the NFL salary cap figures? And by the way genius, his health care plan has not kicked in yet. It officially kicks in on January 1, 2014.

    The current POTUS brought this country down before he was even born, according to your kind. Well, this is true only if you lack a functioning brain. GEESH!

    Hey wait, can we blame the bounty scandal on him too? Tune in for more, on the fair and balanced network.

  30. adsbad28 says: Mar 11, 2012 10:59 AM

    hey ike301 u r pathetic anyone can easily tell u r a left wing nut!! why don’t u go back to watching your boy Keith Olberman and your girl Rachel Maddow and stay off this site u turd!!!!

  31. glen1904 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:58 AM

    now I remember why I don’t read the comments there are too many right wingnuts always bringing politics into the mix on this “FOOTBALL” site, and I just don’t like them! (but it has nothing to do with the color of their skin)

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