Multiple league sources tells PFT that the 2012 team-by-team salary cap number will be communicated to the teams on Monday.
Given that all teams must be in compliance with the 2012 salary cap by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, that’s good.
The amount has been cloaked in mystery and confusion for several weeks. With the new CBA providing for salary and benefits to come out of one total pot and with benefits being more costly than expected, the salary figure necessarily will be lower than expected, and more creativity than elbow grease will be needed to get it all together.
There’s not an overabundance of complaining in league circles about the situation, for now. But if the salary cap ends up being the same as it was last year as a time when the NFL’s popularity and revenues continue to grow, there will be plenty of complaining later.
Or, as the case may be, sooner.
UPDATE 3:36 p.m. ET: A prior version of this item stated that NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith currently is in Switzerland. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah tells PFT that Smith did not make the trip.