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Three days until free agency, still no cap number

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Teams have been wondering for more than a week when (and perhaps now the better word is “if”) the 2012 salary cap numbers will be revealed.  Free agency starts in three days, and the team-by-team spending limit still hasn’t been disclosed.

So what’s going on?

“We’re still working out cap details with the union,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via email Saturday morning.  “The teams will receive the numbers as soon as everything is completed.”

Though no one is commenting on the details, multiple sources have informed PFT over the past week that an effort has been undertaken to increase the cap number.  Under the new CBA, total player salary and benefits come from a total pot.  Benefit costs came in higher than expected, which drove down the money available for the cap.

As of last Saturday, the parties were “scrambling” to work it out.  We’d hate to see how long this would take if they weren’t.

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19 Responses to “Three days until free agency, still no cap number”
  1. lolb23 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:17 AM

    c’mon Goodell you dirty Liberal!!

  2. finsfan4life1977 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:20 AM

    I blame Goodell!

  3. FinFan68 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:21 AM

    Wow. A union is actually impacted by the cost of benefits. Too bad. Leave the number alone and let the teams plan accordingly. I’m sure the lawsuits by former players will impact the “pot” in the future as well.

  4. dcbluestar says: Mar 10, 2012 9:23 AM

    This is ridiculous!!! How can the league expect everyone to be under the cap by 3pm on Tuesday if they don’t even know what the cap is!?

  5. mikebe1 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:24 AM

    So if there is no cap by tues will free agency b delayed??

  6. waccoforflacco says: Mar 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    Make it $150 million so every team can keep their own players.

  7. packattack1967 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:26 AM

    Same disgusting union tactics at every turn. There are lots of places unions need to be abolished. Pro sports is among them.

  8. wryly1 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:28 AM

    With all the loopholes, exceptions and different ways to categorize players, contracts and money, the cap is hardly a hard figure – more like a generality. Dozens of ways around it.

    Besides, under the new CBA, it’s not until 2013 that teams will have to spend UP to a certain percentage of revenue figure. Won’t keep teams from doing the same things from going over, but you won’t have clubs like Cinci lowballing players and staying 40 million under the cap anymore.

  9. billinva says: Mar 10, 2012 9:28 AM


  10. captatl says: Mar 10, 2012 9:34 AM

    Seems like a bunch of crap. You were locked out for months. Then you settled. CAP ceilings should have been established then. Perhaps not for the length of the CBA, but at least for the 1st 2 years!! Then maybe work with the owners after the total TV revenues are know with that new deal for the 2014 league year. Come on MAN!!

  11. downslide33 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:34 AM

    Goodell a liberal??? nonsense!!

  12. skito13 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:37 AM

    Ram’s have a draft ransom …. bring on free agency !!!! browns pretty much…. well lets not go there.

  13. majbobby says: Mar 10, 2012 9:39 AM

    Stop trying to raise it more and just go with the freaking 120M number and move on. Sorry players you benefits you collectively bargained cost more. Means paycuts. Welcome to the real world. Stop trying to make them happy. Just go with the number that is available.

  14. adantsa says: Mar 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    You would think the cap would be an important factor for teams when planning how to attack free

  15. greenpacker says: Mar 10, 2012 9:42 AM

    i buy my jerseys from china

  16. CKL says: Mar 10, 2012 9:46 AM

    This is disgraceful on the part of whoever is responsible for the holdup…really. I hope that teams at least get a short grace period in order to comply with the cap.

  17. qj1984 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:32 AM

    Free agency needs to be pushed back. Or do like they did last year. Let the teams negotiate without any contracts being signed for a week. Teams are not going to be ready by the start of free agency.

  18. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Mar 10, 2012 12:37 PM

    DeMaurice Smith got his money!

  19. roamingabriel says: Mar 10, 2012 12:42 PM

    This seems like it should be a big deal but if it was I imagine the teams would be complaining about it…

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