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2012 cap number coming Monday

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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.

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9 Responses to “2012 cap number coming Monday”
  1. bucfaninil says: Mar 10, 2012 3:00 PM

    Bucs have plenty of Cap Space, so it really won’t make a difference. I just find it comical that they have determined the value by now.

  2. Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 3:03 PM

    Since it’s unlikely Smith is traveling to the UK and Europe on NFLPA business, maybe someone should tell him to get back here until the cap issue is resolved. And how could they be so blindsided by the high cost of benefits? Don’t they watch the news? Or maybe they could have just called a small business owner. I could easily have warned them to expect an increase in benefits costs.

  3. mesodoso says: Mar 10, 2012 3:06 PM

    I feel sorry for Andrew Luck, The Colts let go of all their Offense Stars and now they are in Salary Cap hell with the $38 mill in dead cap space, There’s just no way they can build around him for the next couple of years. No way!

  4. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 10, 2012 3:20 PM

    This is beyond ridiculous. The NFL owes the fans an explanation why they screwed this up so badly.

  5. dreadpiratesteve says: Mar 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    Agreed LoCo, but you’ll never get one. The NFL is supremely arrogant where the fans are concerned. They frequently give the impression that we should feel honored to watch their product and anyone who does not feel that way is a spoiled and unappreciative brat.

    The correct response to this latest fracas is in fact: Thank you sir, may I have another?

  6. mrslay1 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:27 PM

    This whole thing is absurd. You are to be punished if you don’t comply with rule that isn’t known. Sounds like communism to me!

  7. dreadpiratesteve says: Mar 10, 2012 5:40 PM

    What does communism have to do with complying with rules? Communism is about the distribution of wealth and system of government. It is in no way germane to this discussion.

  8. drumnw says: Mar 10, 2012 5:54 PM

    looks like two sleepless nights in anticipation for this guy….

  9. seeschool says: Mar 10, 2012 8:22 PM

    “I feel sorry for Andrew Luck, The Colts let go of all their Offense Stars and now they are in Salary Cap hell with the $38 mill in dead cap space, There’s just no way they can build around him for the next couple of years. No way!”

    The dead cap space comes off the books next year. That will be 38 million more to spend then they will have in 2012. The plan is being executed beautifully; purge the roster of aging veterans, take your lumps now, and build for the future thru the draft. If Luck pans out, this team will be set up quite well thanks to the intelligent decision making.

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