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.