Cap could now be above $123 million

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The NFL’s version of the crop report is expected to be released in the days before free agency begins.  And unless the NFL’s version of Clarence Beeks ends up in a gorilla suit (in a gorilla cage with a real gorilla), the NFL’s version of Duke & Duke could be shouting, “Buy!  Buy!” when the market opens.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s now believed that the salary cap could exceed $123 million per team.

Not long ago, it was believed the cap would be $121 million per team.  More recently, the magic number became $122 million.

Now, it’s more than $123 million.

At $123 million, that’s only a 1.9-percent increase over last year.  But it’s more than anyone thought it would be.  And the extra $2.4 million in 2013 can provide the foundation for a much larger guaranteed payment now, with the amount spread for cap purposes over multiple years.

Besides, with many teams fighting to get in compliance with the cap, every dollar helps.

25 responses to “Cap could now be above $123 million

  1. this might be a stupid question but whatever, if almost every team has to drastically shuffle around their cap why doesn’t the NFL just increase it more? lord knows they can afford to do it

  2. While they’re at it, how about giving the Redskins and Cowboys their cap space back that they stole before that whole thing ends up in court?

  3. I don’t think that the NFL should raise the salary cap anymore,because each year if it keeps increasing before you know it every football team in the NFL will have enough salary to blow on every FA on the market.

  4. I’m convined no one has a clue how much the cap will be. One week it’s up, the next it’s down, then it’s flat, then it’s flat for the forseeable future, now it’s up.

    The cap math is right up there with tax-math. Only the rich can figure it out.

  5. maximusprime107
    It’s not a stupid question at all. What you are doing is asking exactly the right question. The answer comes in two parts: First the easy answer is that the union reps for the players agreed to it in collective bargaining. The more complex answer is that it’s an attempt to hold down the salaries that players are making. Is it right to hold down salaries? That answer depends on whether you support the millionaire players or the billionaire owners. (Apparently no answer supports the fans who must now put out an average of $400 a game for a family of 4 to attend a game.)

  6. Call me cynical, but…

    -Could the league be leaking these increases just so that when the actual cap number is announced and isn’t as high as believed, the players do what they didn’t last year and oust De Smith? (Not sure about this, mainly because I’m pretty sure the league loves outmaneuvering Smith at pretty much every turn.)

    or

    -Is the union applying the the second year of cap penalties to the Cowboys and Redskins to the rest of the league right now, so that the “effective” cap might be $123M for the un-penalized teams, but the “actual” cap -the one for a regular, 32-team league- would actually be a lower number? (More likely in my opinion.)

  7. What is the Cap Floor? Does it raise as well and are any teams close to that number? Just wondering…..

  8. @dennisatunity

    I agree with you in spirit, but personally, I don’t like to think of it as “billionaire owners and millionaire players.”

    I like to think of it like so:

    “Workers who have busted their asses to get this opportunity, who place their health on the line to entertain us, and who are the actual reason that I cut on my TV and watch the NFL”

    VS.

    “Suits that are completely interchangeable because there will always be someone ready and willing to own one of the biggest cash cows in the known universe, an NFL team, waiting in the wings to replace them”

  9. In a related story, the Washington Redskins have asked if 2013 can be another uncapped year so they can “outmaneuver” the rest of the league by paying players big for one year and then spend the money again later in capped years. Oh, and if they aren’t allowed, they will sue.

  10. tastethejace says: When the cap goes up… guess who gets passed on the expenses.

    If you guessed “no one”, you’re correct.

    A lot of people have it backwards. The league owners charge whatever they want to charge, keep the first $2 Billion, and then allocate 50% to player salaries.

    Prices do not- I repeat, do not- rise to support a salary cap.

  11. belgaron says: Feb 26, 2013 5:55 PM

    In a related story, the Washington Redskins have asked if 2013 can be another uncapped year so they can “outmaneuver” the rest of the league by paying players big for one year and then spend the money again later in capped years. Oh, and if they aren’t allowed, they will sue.
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    Very clever. If it weren’t that the owner’s colluded to cap salaries in an uncapped year, and the league approved every contract the Redskins gave out, you’d be right on the money.

  12. @Musicman495

    Except the cap deals with the overall spending not the individual contracts. Individual league approval does not constitute a free pass to outspend the rest of the league, nice try.

  13. @Musicman495

    Except the cap deals with the overall spending not the individual contracts. Individual league approval does not constitute a free pass to outspend the rest of the league, nice try.

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    Individual contracts make up the overall cap. When it is a UNcap year, every team can spend any amount they want. That why is was call an UNCAPPED year which was put in place from the last CBA.

    john mara colluted with other owners. Do you know what collusion mean??

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