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Salary cap expected to hit $130 million

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As the NFL’s revenues rise, so do the players’ salaries. And the 2014 season will see both the owners and the players getting richer than ever before.

This year’s salary cap is expected to rise to about $130 million per team, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That’s a 5 percent increase from last year’s cap of $123 million, and it’s good news for teams that are tight on cap space.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the amount teams can spend on players is determined by the league’s revenues, through a complex calculation that includes TV money, ticket sales, merchandising and so on. The players get about 48 percent of the total league revenue, so a cap of $130 million suggests that NFL teams are raking in about $270 million a year.

The salary cap should rise by at least a few million dollars per team next year as well, thanks to the new TV revenue coming from CBS buying the Thursday night package.

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23 Responses to “Salary cap expected to hit $130 million”
  1. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 20, 2014 9:29 AM

    I will believe it when I see it.

  2. kaeprulestheworld says: Feb 20, 2014 9:30 AM

    Sweet!!!!!!

  3. spoilerfutbol says: Feb 20, 2014 9:41 AM

    Bad news for Flacco, he deserves a 30M per year contract

  4. vikesfan320 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:53 AM

    So one entire team of players combines to make only 3 times as much as Goodell? Makes sense.

  5. saints12013 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:59 AM

    So I guess we can finally sign Jimmy Graham

  6. southpaw2k says: Feb 20, 2014 10:01 AM

    When do we get official confirmation on what the salary cap will be? Will it be the week of the new league year in March?

    Even if it does wind up being $130 million, I doubt that will do much to help teams like the Steelers, Cowboys, Seahawks, or Broncos, since they’re all well over the cap limit.

  7. billco6192013 says: Feb 20, 2014 10:04 AM

    Great pay beason his money now

  8. theleaguesbest says: Feb 20, 2014 10:05 AM

    Revis will now holdout for an extra $7M per year.

  9. sonofsamadams says: Feb 20, 2014 10:39 AM

    Come on Vikings! How’s uour chance to lock up Ponder long term!!

  10. possumsauce says: Feb 20, 2014 11:14 AM

    Ok, great. So when can we talk about a salary cap for Goodell and company?

  11. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:22 AM

    NO way is it 270 Million. Its gotta be more then that

  12. arwiv says: Feb 20, 2014 11:36 AM

    The cowboys will still be more than 10 mill above the cap, the Steelers still more than 5 mill above.

  13. coachkilla6 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:47 AM

    So Minnesota could theoretically sign 130 million players that have the market value of their current roster? Sweet deal.

  14. hawkstradamus says: Feb 20, 2014 1:13 PM

    And now it’s time to talk Seahawks Dynasty! What’s the weather like in Houston around the first week of February? Everyone else, just keep working on those mock drafts from now until Russell Wilson and co. retire.

  15. axespray says: Feb 20, 2014 1:19 PM

    Well… sounds like Bennett might stay in seattle after all.

  16. raiderrob21 says: Feb 20, 2014 2:01 PM

    So we have $80 mill in cap space now?

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!

  17. radrntn says: Feb 20, 2014 2:08 PM

    more $$$ to go shopping with

    Go Raiders, Go Reggie!

  18. legionofboom88 says: Feb 20, 2014 2:21 PM

    And another 130 reasons why the whiners will never win another Super Bowl.

  19. tvguy22 says: Feb 20, 2014 2:23 PM

    How will the Cowboys and Redskins mess this one up? Stay tuned!!!

  20. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Feb 20, 2014 2:41 PM

    Oakland finally gets there cap situation in order and now the league give everybody else a break. Typical. The Raiders might be 70 mil under the cap now crazy

  21. beastmode5150 says: Feb 20, 2014 3:21 PM

    This is radical

    -Paul Allen

  22. mackcarrington says: Feb 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    Hope this means the Bills can pay Byrd!

  23. thegreatestofalltimes says: Feb 20, 2014 4:32 PM

    I hope this means my Eagles get Byrd, so long as he doesn’t get tagged again. C’monnnnn secondary help!

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