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Source: Cap will be higher than $132 million


Back when the owners were told that the salary cap would climb from $123 million in 2013 to $126.3 million in 2014, a source with knowledge of the cap calculation said it will be higher.

Now that reports have put the salary cap as high as $132 million for 2014, the same source has said, once again, it will be higher.

Per the source, the cap could be a “few million” higher than $132 million.  If this means $3 million more than reported, the cap could be as high as $135 million.  That would amount to an 9.75 percent increase over last year, the biggest spike by far since the 2011 labor deal was negotiated.

It’s unknown whether the increase in the cap, which is based on revenues but inevitably is negotiated by the NFL and the NFLPA, will result from efforts to borrow against future cap increases.  In past years, the quid pro quo for an increase in the cap has included an agreement by the NFLPA to permit cap penalties to be imposed on the Cowboys and Redskins for treating the uncapped year of 2010 too literally.

A cynic may wonder whether the spike in the cap for 2014 is aimed at helping NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith fend off a 2015 challenge from Sean Gilbert or, possibly, Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks.

Regardless, the cap could be increasing by similar amounts in the future.  Per the source, the 2014 bump is expected to become the trend in future years.

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61 Responses to “Source: Cap will be higher than $132 million”
  1. kneelbeforesod says: Feb 25, 2014 1:53 PM

    “About time.”

    – Prospective elite QBs

  2. skoobyfl says: Feb 25, 2014 1:54 PM

    Is this Crystal Peak / Buffalo Bills HQ, somebody tell me who’s in charge there ? I need Parker, I have the money to secure the Byrd repeat Secure the Byrd.

  3. ingraven says: Feb 25, 2014 1:55 PM

    WoW. Time for some straight STUPID contracts to be given out.

  4. ingraven says: Feb 25, 2014 1:55 PM

    All that extra salary cap still wont help the Cowboys.

  5. dirtmcgirt24 says: Feb 25, 2014 1:56 PM

    Makes sense – the union got worked so bad last time around that the league would love to make small sacrifices to keep him on board.

  6. spoilerfutbol says: Feb 25, 2014 1:59 PM

    And again, Flacco signed the deal too soon, he deserves 35M per year

  7. floratiotime says: Feb 25, 2014 2:01 PM

    I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!

  8. dethrone408 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:01 PM

    That Means the Raiders could have over $75 million in cap space WOW!!!!!!

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 25, 2014 2:02 PM

    A new CBA is badly needed, ever since the signing of the last one. More sloppy work and leadership from Goodell.

  10. tavisteelersfan says: Feb 25, 2014 2:02 PM

    Works for the Steelers … all those critics who thought they were too aggressive with their cap management take note.

  11. weepingjebus says: Feb 25, 2014 2:04 PM

    Do the cheerleaders still make $75 a game?

  12. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 25, 2014 2:06 PM

    It is all talk right now. I will believe it when I actually see it.

  13. calibear831 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:08 PM

    We (raiders) had a projected 60mil, they added 4 more, we extended taiwan jones, -4.3mil, left us with about 60mil again, now we have a projected 2mil more, that’s. . .(calculating). . .62mil, to left spend now!! Wow

  14. eaglesfan21 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:10 PM

    ans the NFL is tax exempt because???? Oh I forgot it is a non profit org. SMH what a joke

  15. browns627 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:14 PM

    those numbers mean nothing..why do they play games with the cap? figure over 1/2 what a player signs for is gone to taxes and then add end their agents cut… be lucky if a player sees 30% of what he signs for.

  16. joecancun says: Feb 25, 2014 2:15 PM

    They must have raised the price of a bottle of beer to $9.50.

  17. phillyphannnn83 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:16 PM

    Doesn’t matter how much cap space the Raiders have, no one wants to play there!!

  18. wholelottaawesome says: Feb 25, 2014 2:16 PM

    In other news the Raiders have signed TO to a one year $58 million deal, all guaranteed.

  19. marvin49 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:16 PM

    This is good news if you are team like the 49ers or Seahawks with young QBs to pay and young stars on their rookie deals (Sherman, Aldon, etc).

  20. romo2witten says: Feb 25, 2014 2:20 PM

    “All that extra salary cap still wont help the Cowboys.”

    You really don’t think that every extra dollar helps the Cowboys get under the cap? A few extra million could be the difference between keeping Demarcus Ware on a restructured deal and cutting him.

  21. skins2357 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:21 PM

    To all you Raider fans talking about your cap space…. you do realize that the player has to want to play for your team right?

  22. bigshirk says: Feb 25, 2014 2:22 PM

    ^^^ Taiwan’s extension doesn’t even kick in till next year. So his contact does not effect this years salary cap.

  23. thebirdsareback says: Feb 25, 2014 2:22 PM

    It’s gonna take 300 million to improve the lowly raiders. Don’t even talk about that team. They’re a joke. Always have been.

  24. dukeearl says: Feb 25, 2014 2:24 PM

    Good timing for the Seahawks….

  25. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 25, 2014 2:27 PM

    It’s a conspiracy to keep the Seahawks together! Admit it NFL! You love Seattle now!

  26. chawk12thman says: Feb 25, 2014 2:29 PM

    No sense dropping anyone (RED Bryant) until you know what the cap space is…..

  27. unfkwthabl says: Feb 25, 2014 2:32 PM

    the reason the raider shave all that room is (a) they sucked picking draft picks for a decade (b) no one on the roster is worth resigning and (c) they have made awesome trades like for carson.

    WHat are you going to do with all that money, give it to vick, decker, mack, hardy, melton and ed reed?

    lol…. there are no monsters out there. Teams let these guys go… to get a fitz, megatron, rogers, watt you need to draft well… and the raiders have no evidence they can do that.

  28. gochargersgo says: Feb 25, 2014 2:32 PM

    The Cowboys are 20 million over the cap even after these massive increases? AND they didn’t even make the playoffs?!?! Man, that whole staff needs to be fired; coach, GM, head of player evaluation, whoever is in charge of contracts and everything else involving spending over there…….

    Oh wait.

  29. joefelicelli says: Feb 25, 2014 2:36 PM

    Is it directly tied to the Thursday night TV revenue package? I would expect they could realize some benefit this year for that extra income from CBS.

    The players should be thrilled after two years with a relatively flat cap number. This is the growth they were promised, and hopefully will be the start of some significant growth for the salary cap over the next 3-4 years.

  30. theclink12 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:37 PM

    LOL @ all the giddy Raiders fans. Everyone but them knows it doesn’t make any difference how much cap space they get because they will still somehow manage to screw it up.

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 25, 2014 2:38 PM

    What?! I got ripped off, get Oz on the phone!

    – Joe Flacco

  32. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 25, 2014 2:40 PM

    That’ll come in handy when each team has to employee a Political Correctness Specialist to police the N-word and any anti-gay talk.

  33. klattubarada says: Feb 25, 2014 2:40 PM

    I’m not a Raiders guy but I’m real curious what they are going to do wither their mountain of cap space.

  34. flexx91 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:41 PM

    Has to increase if a team wants to keep its franchise QB. The per year minimum will be $16 million as that is the current 1 year franchise number. So in order to keep your franchise QB, you will have to sign him to a deal that averages at least $16 million per year or franchise for 1 year at $16 million

  35. granadafan says: Feb 25, 2014 2:45 PM

    Duh-relle Revis will want every single cent of the cap increase. Other players be damned.

  36. getyourownname says: Feb 25, 2014 2:45 PM

    It would be nice if they could announce the actual figure before teams and players have to start signing contracts.

  37. guachosporlife says: Feb 25, 2014 2:48 PM

    Great news for the Cowboys. Maybe Jerry Jones knows something we don’t know.

  38. whatjusthapped says: Feb 25, 2014 2:55 PM

    Now the Vikings can extend Chris Cook and Christian Ponder’s contracts.

    Last place is harder to hold on to than you might think.

  39. ubepunkedagain says: Feb 25, 2014 2:57 PM

    With several of the league “darlings” at or above the cap, Roger wants to make sure they don’t lose key players that they signed to bad contracts and let bad cap management keep them from being competitive. What a joke.

  40. joe6606 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:16 PM

    It never made sense to me that the cap didn’t spike after the new deal was passed. Yea, Kraft said that there would never be a spike and that the new $$ would be spread such that it raised gradually. But the cap was completely stagnant for 3 years. And now it’s massively increasing? I’ve always felt the owners conspired to make d smith look bad by artificially keeping the cap lower than it should’ve been. Why is it increasing now? There’s been nothing new other than the trivial thurs night deal. Shady

  41. thefiesty1 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:21 PM

    One of these days they’ll be talking about real money. If they paid all of them the rookie minimum most of them would be overpaid.

  42. cfeeley52 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:31 PM

    It’s about time. They either had to raise the cap or collectively lower the going rate for every skill position in the league. There’s a problem with the system when teams have like 4 or 5 guys taking over 50% of the cap space…

  43. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Feb 25, 2014 3:32 PM

    Okay, Bengals. Here is your chance to lock up Michael Johnson…

  44. kevjones75 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:35 PM

    That should help GB lock up Cobb and Nelson.

  45. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 25, 2014 3:51 PM

    The cap is really high. Like a Santa Claus cap.

  46. baltimorons says: Feb 25, 2014 3:55 PM

    I can’t wait to see who the Ravens will overpay this year. Grab your popcorn.

  47. belgaron says: Feb 25, 2014 4:05 PM

    Flacco actually future proofed his deal, it calls for 40% of team cap or twice Cincinnatti’s payroll total, whichever is lower.

  48. mcfleezy12 says: Feb 25, 2014 4:08 PM

    Everyone has something negative to say about the RAIDERS…unless your team has 3 or MORE SUPER BOWLS.. Please Shut up!

  49. xinellum says: Feb 25, 2014 4:12 PM

    I believe it has more to do with the fact that according to the CBA the salary cap is supposed to be tied to league revenues and although the league’s revenue has increased dramatically over the past several years the cap has not. Actually, I believe this site was where that was first pointed out. Based on the fact the point was driven by the media and until election year the cap had barely moved doesn’t seem to me to benefit Smith at all, if anything, brings to question why it took so long to start getting the cap to move in tandem with the league revenues.

  50. jgedgar70 says: Feb 25, 2014 4:44 PM

    Wonderful. This should help keep The Kracken in Carolina.

  51. floriojr says: Feb 25, 2014 5:00 PM

    maybe GB can extend BJ Raji? He has zero sacks over his last 39 games (including playoffs), has zero forced fumbles in his five-year career and graded out dead last against the run among 3-4 ends in PFF’s 2013 grades.

    just sayin

  52. axespray says: Feb 25, 2014 5:03 PM

    Ooh… we can keep James Jones After all then.

  53. lowesislander says: Feb 25, 2014 5:25 PM

    Looks like Tony Romo is in store for yet another nice pay raise.

  54. bigdawg24 says: Feb 25, 2014 5:35 PM

    Does that mean the Chiefs have a shot at keeping Brandon Albert.

  55. fordwuzanazi says: Feb 25, 2014 5:39 PM

    “owners were told” Isn’t this thing really imposed by the owners and their financial management people in the first place because if the NFLPA was in control there would be no cap.

  56. poesports says: Feb 25, 2014 5:51 PM

    Top QB’s for 2014 average salaries according to spotrac have Rodgers at 22 million, Ryan 20,750 Flacco 20,100 Brees 20 P Manning 19,200 Cutler 18,100 Romo 18 mill Stafford 17,666 E Manning 16,250 and Schaub 15,500. I see some Flacco critics speaking but at least he is a Super Bowl MVP Champion. Ryan, Cutler, Romo and Stafford have yet to win anything. Interesting to see Roethlisberger at 14,664 and Brady at 14,120 salaries with 5 SB wins between them. Teams will need to overpay and/or restructure deals if they want to keep a franchise QB.

  57. 2difshoe says: Feb 25, 2014 6:18 PM

    The cap increase basically becomes a ticket and concession fee increase passed on to the consumer/fan….thanks.

    I’ll stay at home and watch the game for free, when a 16 oz. bottle of Gatorade is $ 5.50 and rising, reality is out of touch.

  58. sarcastafan says: Feb 25, 2014 7:23 PM

    Pryor needs a big bloated contract too!

  59. rg3andthensome says: Feb 25, 2014 8:04 PM

    Ahhhh yes says the 2014 SKINS ORG!

  60. steelcurtainn says: Feb 25, 2014 8:34 PM

    I see a foreseeable free agent signing or two for the steelers. Here we go Steelers! Here we go!

  61. raiderapologist says: Feb 25, 2014 9:13 PM

    skins2357 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:21 PM

    To all you Raider fans talking about your cap space…. you do realize that the player has to want to play for your team right?
    We realize players want to get paid, and even with a cap bump across the board, not all teams will be able to keep all their players. The cap space is just a fact. McKenzie doesn’t have to spend all of it at once, but he has to spend a bunch of it, and there will be no shortage of players wanting to take it. And after starving through last season with at least 41M going to guys like Seymour, Palmer, McClain, Kelly, and Huff, who weren’t even on the roster, we can’t help but talk about it a little.

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