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Salary cap for 2016 set at $155.27 million per team

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Teams now know how much they have to spend, assuming they want to spend it.

A league source tells PFT the salary cap for the 2016 season has been set at $155.27 million per team by the NFL and the NFLPA.

That’s a bump of around $12 million from last year’s limit of $143.3 million, not including the cap space left over last year by teams which could be applied.

It’s a significant bump, but the question the union is going to monitor is whether teams spend the money available, as a number of teams traditionally underspend.

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  1. razzlejag says: Feb 26, 2016 7:02 PM

    Jaguars will have about $90 million to spend. They will pick up a couple of top FA’s, a couple lesser ones, draft well again and spend a chunk of the rest to extend key players.

    24th in the league in attendance, nice stadium, terrific owner, and thousands of fans in England to support them in the London game.

    It’s all good in Jaguar-land.

  2. j0esixpack says: Feb 26, 2016 7:03 PM

    Is that including the $120 million that Goodell embezzled from the players and now has to return?

    Gotta wonder which elected official with a political death wish will be the first to advocating trusting this guy with a penny of taxpayer funds for new stadium

    If two US District Court Judges accusing Goodell of lying weren’t enough, trying to funnel $120 million to himself and corrupt owners should give any politician pause before building a stadium with these folks as “partners”

    The players thought they were “partners” in the NFL too

  3. ravensfan56 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:05 PM

    I wonder if the Falcons will use that extra money for the overrated Matt Ryan.

  4. pats are better than your team says: Feb 26, 2016 7:06 PM

    The real question is how much will Denver slide under the table to keep all their free agents? That Elway is a slippery one, he’s done it before.

  5. flamethrower101 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:07 PM

    Well it’s easy to rationalize that huge jump since the NFLPA caught the NFL stashing $120MM in the cookie jar

  6. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Feb 26, 2016 7:07 PM

    So what happened with that $120 million dollar “accounting error” that was supposed to spread another $50 million around?

  7. milehighcityboss says: Feb 26, 2016 7:07 PM

    More money for Mr. Elway to work his magic… Go Broncos!

  8. lightninhopkins says: Feb 26, 2016 7:09 PM

    Man, the Packers may have to sign a free agent now.

  9. nhpats says: Feb 26, 2016 7:11 PM

    That makes it around $200M for the Broncos

  10. bigbamboom1 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:13 PM

    That’s a ton of money for anyone with competence to build a winning-competitive program. The problem is most teams way overspend on mediocre QBs. With most starting QBs getting over 10% of the total cap! While in reality, only the identifiable top 5 should earn in that tier. Based on proven playoff and Championship results.

  11. squared80 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:13 PM

    DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says:
    Feb 26, 2016 7:07 PM
    So what happened with that $120 million dollar “accounting error” that was supposed to spread another $50 million around?

    ——————————————

    It’s only about a $1.2 million increase per team.

  12. mnfaninil says: Feb 26, 2016 7:16 PM

    Packers will give it all to Mr. Rogers. Lord knows the rest of the team isn’t worth what they are paying them now.

  13. ditkainyourbutkus says: Feb 26, 2016 7:24 PM

    The Jags are 24th in the league in attendance because Jags tickets cost as much as a beer at a Bears game

  14. patsfan says: Feb 26, 2016 7:31 PM

    Wait, so there is no penalty to the NFL for monkeying with the cap like the NFL imposed on Dallas and Washington?

  15. broncosrchamps says: Feb 26, 2016 7:36 PM

    Most people will need to realize the owners of their teams care more about money then getting rings. Sure they want to win also but not at the expense of the money return making sense.

    That is why the Broncos will do as much with 20 million in cap space, as many other teams will do with 50.

    It has nothing to do with cheating like all the bitter pat, raider, chief, charger fans think. Hats off to Steeler fans. Most I run into say nice Superbowl win but we have 6! They don’t moan ELWAY cheats! WAAAA!

  16. broncosrchamps says: Feb 26, 2016 7:37 PM

    What’s funny is no one calls the Pats on the fact their cap situation is a mess.

  17. nhpats says: Feb 26, 2016 7:42 PM

    broncosrchamps says:
    Feb 26, 2016 7:37 PM
    What’s funny is no one calls the Pats on the fact their cap situation is a mess.
    ——-
    Maybe that’s because it isn’t a mess…..

  18. ee00ee says: Feb 26, 2016 7:47 PM

    I think it’s time to increase final rosters to 55

  19. ebdug says: Feb 26, 2016 7:49 PM

    An increasing salary cap makes it tenable to carry dead money.

  20. cross300 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:52 PM

    Jaguars will have about $90 million to spend. They will pick up a couple of top FA’s, a couple lesser ones, draft well again and spend a chunk of the rest to extend key players.

    24th in the league in attendance, nice stadium, terrific owner, and thousands of fans in England to support them in the London game.

    It’s all good in Jaguar-land.
    ______________________________
    If thats all it took to win games the jags would be in great shape. Sorry it doesnt work like that.

  21. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 7:54 PM

    Looks like my Giants have a full purse…don’t blow it Reese!! Use you draft knowledge along with the loot (To give him credit he is bang on on first rounders its the rest that scare me…)

  22. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 8:01 PM

    he also reminds me of Brandon Jacobs if he wa to run off tackle all the time…this guy might me the real deal

  23. cinzano08 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:15 PM

    Think of what the Broncos can do with 155 mil cap stretched to 210 mil with the way they count.

  24. clashpoint says: Feb 26, 2016 8:23 PM

    My beloved Steelers might not be in salary cap jail this year! Never need to worry about them being cheap with their cap, they’ll once again be converting a few choice salaries to signing bonuses to free up room for new contract extensions. Money now is a lot better than money later, most players agree on that. If they can snag a quality free agent safety with any extra cash, I’d appreciate it.

    Go Steelers!

  25. 6ball says: Feb 26, 2016 8:32 PM

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    This must be welcome news in New Orleans since now the Saints are only 63 million over the cap.
    .

  26. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Feb 26, 2016 8:51 PM

    cross300 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 7:52 PM

    Jaguars will have about $90 million to spend. They will pick up a couple of top FA’s, a couple lesser ones, draft well again and spend a chunk of the rest to extend key players.

    24th in the league in attendance, nice stadium, terrific owner, and thousands of fans in England to support them in the London game.

    It’s all good in Jaguar-land.
    ______________________________
    If thats all it took to win games the jags would be in great shape. Sorry it doesnt work like that.
    _______________________________
    It definitely helps. They need an O-Line. Bortles can’t keep getting sacked 50+ times a year.

  27. celticsforever says: Feb 26, 2016 8:56 PM

    Denver just got a chuckle out of the “salary cap”.

  28. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 26, 2016 9:00 PM

    broncosrchamps says:
    Feb 26, 2016 7:37 PM
    What’s funny is no one calls the Pats on the fact their cap situation is a mess.
    ——————–

    Pat’s cap is better than might be expected. Having virtually the same space as the Broncos doesn’t make NE a mess since unlike Denver the Pats are returning virtually their entire roster, there are no FA’s of note to re-sign again . In fact with a couple of anticipated cuts and pending extensions they will have room to dabble in FA for an impact guy or 2 if they are so inclined.

  29. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 26, 2016 9:00 PM

    Hey Viking fans! You have another 12+ million a year to spend on washed up Packers now! Better hurry! I hear James Jones and John Kuhn will be available!!!

    >

  30. sdbee84 says: Feb 26, 2016 9:37 PM

    $155 million to split amongst 53 players who risk their bodies and $43 million for goodell who doesn’t risk anything. This makes no sense.

  31. jacktheraven says: Feb 26, 2016 10:44 PM

    Suddenly, The Ravens are not in cap hell. Joe will restructure his contract and the media & fans will call him a hero, just like Brady.

  32. maxkingpin says: Feb 26, 2016 10:54 PM

    So the Bills can spend to the CAP again and end up, again, with their 6-10 thru 8-8 type record.

    Sigh, 16 years and counting with no playoffs.

  33. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 27, 2016 5:35 AM

    The Packers stock holders are making a fortune

  34. nonyt says: Feb 27, 2016 8:06 AM

    “This must be welcome news in New Orleans since now the Saints are only 63 million over the cap.”

    The Saints aren’t anything over the cap. They are under the cap. Keep your uninformed opinion to yourself.

  35. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Feb 27, 2016 8:17 AM

    broncosrchamps says:
    Feb 26, 2016 7:37 PM

    What’s funny is no one calls the Pats on the fact their cap situation is a mess.
    __________________________________
    Obviously you have no idea what your talking about. OTC lists the Pats at $6.35 mil under the cap now. That doesn’t include Mayo’s retirement which frees up $7 mil. Amendola, Cannon, Chandler and Lafell could all get the axe and that’s another $12.5 mil. freed up.

    Jones and Hightower are on their 5th year option as 1st Rders at $8 & 7.5 mil, who could get extensions soon freeing up another $4-6 mil. The rookie pool will only be around 1.3-1.5 for NE this year.

    Come Mar. 9th they’ll be players in the FA market, don’t kid yourself.

  36. ncphinsfan says: Feb 27, 2016 10:13 AM

    And just like that…. All the crowd is quieted when making statements like the Dolphins can’t afford Suh.

  37. billswillnevermove says: Feb 27, 2016 10:37 AM

    pats are better than your team says:
    Feb 26, 2016 7:06 PM

    The real question is how much will Denver slide under the table to keep all their free agents? That Elway is a slippery one, he’s done it before.
    __________________________________
    Speaking of slippery? The whole Pats organization has been a slippery one since Kraft, Belacheat and Brady came along. Slippery as in cheating.

  38. nhpats says: Feb 27, 2016 10:56 AM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Feb 27, 2016 10:37 AM
    pats are better than your team says:
    Feb 26, 2016 7:06 PM

    The real question is how much will Denver slide under the table to keep all their free agents? That Elway is a slippery one, he’s done it before.
    __________________________________
    Speaking of slippery? The whole Pats organization has been a slippery one since Kraft, Belacheat and Brady came along. Slippery as in cheating.

    ———–
    Really? Beyond taping from the wrong field position in the 1st seven minutes of the 1st game of the 1st season such taping was made illegal, what other “cheating” can you enumerate for us? And here’s a hint, beating your team into submission for the past 15 years isn’t cheating….its just that your team isn’t very good.

  39. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 27, 2016 11:11 AM

    And still the Seahawks are not in cap hell even after signing all their top players long term.

    Maybe, like I said, it’s never going to happen…

  40. arktikman says: Feb 27, 2016 12:02 PM

    I love how fans see this as a great way to improve their teams, but every team has the same total available. It’s a zero sum game. If anything the cap going up helps the better teams more – they have guys that have a higher likelihood of demanding more money and this helps keep good teams together. The teams with lots of cap space tend be worse and then are forced to overspend on what’s available to make the floor.

    Reminds me of the time I took the family to Disney World and we got those stupid meal plan vouchers. On the last day we had too many left, so were forced to use them up on Skittles and Snickers bars. Not the best use of our funds.

  41. mrclaytonbigsby says: Feb 27, 2016 2:34 PM

    Funny to see all the comments about Denver. I suspect its from fans of franchises with owners that dont want to spend to the cap to better their team. Thats fine, hold that cash. Denver will hold the trophies!

  42. fanofpft says: Feb 27, 2016 5:18 PM

    ncphinsfan says:
    Feb 27, 2016 10:13 AM

    And just like that…. All the crowd is quieted when making statements like the Dolphins can’t afford Suh.

    The talk of restructuring Suh has more to do with a need to replace 6-8 players most of whom sucked in supporting Suh.

    mrclaytonbigsby says:
    Feb 27, 2016 2:34 PM

    Funny to see all the comments about Denver. I suspect its from fans of franchises with owners that dont want to spend to the cap to better their team. Thats fine, hold that cash. Denver will hold the trophies!

    That would be spamming troll pats fans who have free reign of this joint.

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