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Source: Cap will be $133 million per team

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For 2014, each team will have $10 million more to spend than it had a year ago.

Per a league source, the salary cap will be $133 million in 2014.  That’s a significant jump from the spending limit of $123 million last year, especially in light of recent increases of only a million or two per year.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the official number will be announced most likely by Monday, and possibly as soon as tomorrow.

In response to recent reports that the cap will be $132 million, we were told it could be a few million higher.  In the end, it’s only a million more.  Still, it’s a big jump over the $126.3 million projection shared with owners during the 2013 season.

The increase is good news for teams that need cap space, like the Steelers and Cowboys.  But it’s bad news for teams that prefer to keep their money in their coffers.  The current labor deal requires each team to spend 89 percent of the unadjusted cap, on (for now) a three-year rolling average.

If/when the official cap numbers are released, the various franchise tags also will be set.  Under the 2011 labor deal, the franchise tags are tied to a percentage of the cap.

The higher the cap, the greater the tags will be.

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51 Responses to “Source: Cap will be $133 million per team”
  1. doe22us says: Feb 27, 2014 7:11 PM

    Mike Brown would like to spend 50% of the cap and keep the other 50.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 27, 2014 7:13 PM

    With the rate that the cap is increasing it almost makes sense to eliminate the cap and only worry about determining the floor.

  3. thepftpoet says: Feb 27, 2014 7:15 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings don’t need this high of a salary cap.

    We already attract the best players in the league that sign league minimum contracts because they want to contend for a Super Bowl.

    Our franchise is that historic and decorated.

  4. green41563 says: Feb 27, 2014 7:17 PM

    The 2011 CBA has now evened out.

  5. motown81 says: Feb 27, 2014 7:22 PM

    Great News for the fans as the NFL takes all of this surplus of profit and reduces ticket prices! Oh wait, the 800 pound guerilla is still looking for ways to make even more money by expanding the playoffs, playing on Fridays and Saturdays, and playing more games in London! I could take the $5k that my family spends on season tickets add another $2k in what we spend on gameday and get one hell of a bigscreen tv!

  6. dukeearl says: Feb 27, 2014 7:24 PM

    hmm… so the Raiders will be REQUIRED to spend over 118 million dollars…?
    What is the penalty if they don’t?

  7. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 27, 2014 7:24 PM

    Don’t worry, tomorrow it will be $134 Mil.

  8. bennyb82 says: Feb 27, 2014 7:28 PM

    The Raiders almost have enough money to field two teams…

  9. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 27, 2014 7:30 PM

    Go Steelers!

  10. accipiterq says: Feb 27, 2014 7:33 PM

    800 lbs. guerilla? That’s one large revolutionary.

  11. wannabeqb says: Feb 27, 2014 7:33 PM


  12. bpjensen says: Feb 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    It seems odd the period for using the franchise tag ends on Monday but teams may not even know what the cost of the franchise tag is until after Monday.

  13. osiris33 says: Feb 27, 2014 7:39 PM

    So much for the Seahawks not being able to pay their stars.

  14. thevikesarebest says: Feb 27, 2014 7:42 PM

    The Vikings will prove to be the smartest spenders in free agency like usual.every knows how much improved the vikings will be next season.also the shehawks and turd bay will be places that free agents should avoid going to.SKOL

  15. Ed Bandell says: Feb 27, 2014 7:42 PM

    Sweet. My Ravens announced ticket prices won’t be raised this year and with the deal they made with Suggs and the cutting of Leach and McClain, the Baltimore Ravens now are about $22 million more under the cap.

    That should help us keep LT Eugene Monroe, TE Dennis Pitta, MLB Daryl Smith, and hopefully still be able to work out something with Jacoby Jones. Jones is electric in the return game and that’s something the Ravens haven’t had since Jermaine Lewis. He also proved he’s pretty tough by taking a champagne bottle to the head…Sweet Pea. He’ll never live that down.

  16. Ed Bandell says: Feb 27, 2014 7:49 PM

    A name popped into my head:

    Cap Boso

    Tecmo Superbowl for the NES. Those were the days.

  17. thevikesarebest says: Feb 27, 2014 7:50 PM

    The Vikings are the model franchise.#COMETOMINNIFYOUWANTTOWIN.SKOL

  18. whitetrashking says: Feb 27, 2014 7:52 PM

    So much for the flood of Saints and Jimmy Graham salary cap/franchise tag despair stories……just like every other off season it gets worked out some kinda way….

  19. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 27, 2014 8:01 PM

    133 million? That’s about what Goodell makes in a year right?

  20. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 27, 2014 8:03 PM

    Man the Steelers restructuring all those contracts and pushing money into future years really caught up to them, huh?

  21. cheapglazers says: Feb 27, 2014 8:03 PM

    Oh no

  22. wholelottaawesome says: Feb 27, 2014 8:09 PM

    Does the salary cap increase make any of the steelers d younger? That would be helpful. If not, Ben gay and centrum silver don’t apply to salaries or contracts so they should be good.

  23. afcdomination says: Feb 27, 2014 8:20 PM

    The Vikings are so awesome and talented that they won’t even win their division this year #halloffame

  24. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:25 PM

    I am sure I am not the only one who thinks the Viking fans posting is the same guy. In my lifetime i think I have only come across one Viking fan – that was in my 2nd year of university.

  25. remyje says: Feb 27, 2014 8:26 PM

    Write something about pros and cons of not having a salary cap

  26. seatownballers says: Feb 27, 2014 8:34 PM

    Raiders have enough to get all the free agents

  27. MostlyRight says: Feb 27, 2014 8:36 PM

    An extra $320 million to spread among a set amount of players means much higher contracts. I wonder what $320 million given back to fans in ticket sales would translate to in avg ticket price.

  28. footballfan211 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:54 PM

    Anyone else thinks it is funny that the Raiders have all that money and still play on a baseball field?

  29. dabmasterhap says: Feb 27, 2014 8:57 PM

    Browns will be apprx 50 mil under the cap. Pettine is Bill Cowher 2.0. Just watch and enjoy the ascending of our team.

  30. beastmode5150 says: Feb 27, 2014 9:02 PM

    Booyah, go hawks.

  31. minnesnowda says: Feb 27, 2014 9:06 PM

    The Viking can give Jared Allen a new contract and it will be like it was a gift, plus a little extra to go with the 20 mil they already have in space. Nice.

  32. raymondtx says: Feb 27, 2014 9:20 PM

    When hearing of this news…. jerry jones immediatly gave tony romo an $11 million dollar bonus.

    Signed, htown.

  33. axespray says: Feb 27, 2014 10:25 PM

    So 89% ?
    That means Ted might HAVE to get a free agent, welcome to the team …guy I’ve never heard of!

  34. trollaikman8 says: Feb 27, 2014 11:05 PM

    The Raiders have enough money to field 3 bad teams.

  35. earpaniac says: Feb 27, 2014 11:22 PM

    When I hear “Cap Boso”, I think of that MNF game with the grasse stuck in his helmet.

  36. Big Ant TV says: Feb 27, 2014 11:53 PM

    c’mon my cleveland browns sign some great players not good 1s

  37. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 28, 2014 12:40 AM

    Looks like there’s a chance now for Flacco to become even MORE overpaid… can you say “renegotiation time”?

  38. beastmode5150 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:35 AM

    I love that people this the two Vikings guys are serious.

  39. beastmode5150 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:35 AM

    I love that people this the two Vikings guys are serious.

  40. Fantasy Target says: Feb 28, 2014 2:00 AM

    This just means more ridiculous contracts will be created. More dead money for teams to get burned with and more drama between players to be the highest paid player in their position.

  41. durno99 says: Feb 28, 2014 5:54 AM

    Quit raising it!!!!!!! Do you really think the owners pick up the extra money? Nope!!!!! Stop it now!!!!

  42. robrocker1959 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:23 AM

    A hard salary cap is what every other sports league needs. Parity makes teams work and manage their resources. It gives small market teams an opportunity to compete. Parity makes the NFL what it is; an exciting sports league where every year fans of a team can have a realistic chance of seeing their team in the playoffs. Go NFL, the greatest sports franchise in the world, unlike MLB where the New Yorks and LA’s of the world can buy pennants.

  43. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 28, 2014 7:45 AM

    In the NFL, Jerry Jones is the tail that wags the dog.

  44. skiss68 says: Feb 28, 2014 8:33 AM

    Hey Jerrah! Get the long snapper on the phone! He should be good for a 3 million dollar raise.

  45. longtimefanhtr says: Feb 28, 2014 9:03 AM

    Ted Thompson will loan a few million to the teams that really spend money on free agents.

  46. billco6192013 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:37 AM


  47. whodeybacker says: Feb 28, 2014 9:53 AM

    Although Mike Brown has a past of being cheap, he is one smart business man. But his daughter Katie negotiates the contracts not him. And the fact they have AJ backing his armored truck up to PBS, the cap room is going to take a hit. But he has already planned for this day 2 years ago. they’re better off than the Steelers and Ravens

  48. getyourownname says: Feb 28, 2014 10:16 AM

    In other news, the Steelers announced they are still well over the cap, but intend to continue their strategy of restructuring contracts.

    “I’m not sure what’s causing the problem,” announced GM Colbert, “so we intend to keep doing what we’ve been doing. It’s working, right?”

  49. puntonfirstdown says: Feb 28, 2014 10:38 AM

    1/32 of Goodell’s salary should be counted against each team’s cap.

  50. weepingjebus says: Feb 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    Moving the cap just to save the Steelers from their own terrible decisions is known as “giving them more rope.”

  51. bobsnygiants says: Feb 28, 2014 3:26 PM

    Jerry cheats anyway

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