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Salary cap could be a bit higher than expected

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It has been widely believed that the unadjusted salary cap will move from $120.6 million in 2012 to (drum roll, please) $121 million in 2013.

Per a league source, there’s a growing belief that it could be even higher.

Instead of $121 million per team it could be (drum roll, please) $121.5 million.

Based on that estimate, it’s currently expected that the 32 teams will have $306 million in cap space.  More will emerge as teams dump existing contracts.

And while the salary cap isn’t growing at a significant rate, a source explains that total player expenses in 2011 exceeded 50 percent of revenues, when factoring in the increases in player benefits.  The percentage of player expenses in relation to total revenue for 2012 isn’t yet known.

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19 Responses to “Salary cap could be a bit higher than expected”
  1. nineroutsider says: Feb 7, 2013 8:51 PM

    As a fan, I’ll take it…I want it as high as possible. Anything that creates additional cap space for signing players is welcomed.

  2. raynman49 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:10 PM

    And as a fan, I hate it. The average fan can’t afford to go to a game anymore. And if cable prices keep going up, we won’t be able to watch anymore. Thank goodness they haven’t come up with pay radio yet.

  3. Deb says: Feb 7, 2013 9:18 PM

    My first thought: All that fuss for only half a million?

    My second thought: I lead a strange life in the blog world.

  4. sowcrates says: Feb 7, 2013 9:35 PM

    It’s all relative…until you end up with that great (or just occasionally great) QB that has to be paid more than the last guy who got a raise because of the exact same circumstances ends up sucking %16 of your salary cap at one position.

    Kaepernick, Wilson, Dalton…these guys are licking their chomps at whatever Flacco ends up getting paid

  5. bearsfankarnik87 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:39 PM

    $306 million?! There are countries that don’t have that much money.

  6. phillyphannn83 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:57 PM

    Nineroutsider, thats why ticket prices and your cable bill are skyrocketing. They’re out of control so keeping the cap from rising at a ridiculous rate is fine with me.

  7. despinosa8 says: Feb 7, 2013 10:13 PM

    nineroutsider, you are not helping a team you are hurting a “team” and only helping the player. Asking for a higher salary cap will only drive players and agents to ask and potentially receive more money than a player is worth which is bad for the team and the league.

    How about something that is real life?

    Have a base pay which could be slotted by years of service or draft pick # as a base salary. After that it’s all about how hard you work/make plays on the field the more you get paid.
    This would eliminate the contract holdouts, paying for potential, and reward the people when the deserve it.

  8. raiderapologist says: Feb 7, 2013 10:28 PM

    Cap stories are specious. It’s not straight cash, homey.

  9. WatchThis says: Feb 7, 2013 10:29 PM

    That’s extra possible .5 is a Titus Young.

  10. green41563 says: Feb 7, 2013 10:30 PM

    Any doubt who won the CBA negotiations?

  11. larryboodry says: Feb 7, 2013 11:04 PM

    Wasn’t trying to leave feedback, I was giving a ‘thumbs up’…Don’t look into anything, okay?

  12. starfan79 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:22 PM

    Get rid of the cap..

  13. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:22 PM

    Lmao@ drumroll

  14. dirtysouthniner says: Feb 8, 2013 2:00 AM

    Contracts should be 100% guaranteed!! And quite a bit lower!!

  15. mavajo says: Feb 8, 2013 7:17 AM

    Based on that estimate, it’s currently expected that the 32 teams will have $306 million in cap space.

    I’m sure I’m missing something here, but (32 teams) x ($121.5 million per team) = $3.888 billion.

    I don’t know where that $306 million number is coming from…

  16. tsi431 says: Feb 8, 2013 7:21 AM

    Kaepernick, Wilson, Dalton…these guys are licking their chomps at whatever Flacco ends up getting paid

    ——————————————-

    They are all locked in on rookie deals. They won’t be getting a new deal anytime soon.

  17. thewizardofbs says: Feb 8, 2013 8:02 AM

    We need a salary cap for college players, payments are way out of hand.

  18. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 8, 2013 8:24 AM

    Anyone who doesn’t understand the importance of the cap can’t really love NFL football. Without it you would have the clown owners of teams like the Boys and the Skins trying to buy the SB every year. Leave that crap to MLB.

  19. calrick26 says: Feb 13, 2013 4:08 PM

    mavajo says:
    Feb 8, 2013 7:17 AM
    Based on that estimate, it’s currently expected that the 32 teams will have $306 million in cap space.

    I’m sure I’m missing something here, but (32 teams) x ($121.5 million per team) = $3.888 billion.

    I don’t know where that $306 million number is coming from…

    Its whats left after all the salaries of guys under contract are paid

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