Report: 2018 salary cap projects somewhere between $174.2 million and $178.1 million

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NFL teams saw projections for the 2018 salary cap during the league meetings Tuesday.

The NFL projects the cap to fall somewhere between $174.2 million and $178.1 million for next year, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The league will reveal the exact number before free agency begins in the spring.

It will mark the fourth consecutive year the salary cap has increased.

This year’s salary cap is $167 million.

Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, Case Keenum, Jimmy Garoppolo, Trumaine Johnson, Le'Veon Bell, Jimmy Graham and Sam Bradford are among the players scheduled to become free agents.

17 responses to “Report: 2018 salary cap projects somewhere between $174.2 million and $178.1 million

  1. Ok niners guy slow down. Franchise QB? He’s played like 5 games. But it’s not surprising you’d jump the gun. I mean Kaperchoke was gonna be ending your 25 year drought at one point.

  2. Didn’t happen quite like yall thought it would, huh trumpies? Every business fails in time. But not for these reasons.

  3. Now… Cincinnati Bengals owner mike brown can begin planning to abandon
    some valuable defensive players (like he did with the team’s two best offensive linemen).

    Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Darqueze Dennard, and George Iloka will be cut this off-season.

  4. Jimmy Graham is having his best season with the Seahawks so far, but that one season may not be enough for the team to re-sign him.

    Tough call on Drew Brees…local hero, one year removed from his fifth(!) 5K season, but really expensive and getting up there in age. Roll of the dice in Big Easy.

    Case Keenum and Sam Bradford…I’ve got a feeling the Vikings will go exclusive with Keenum.

    No way the Steelers are stupid enough to let Le’Veon Bell walk away.

    Jimmy Garoppolo has given the 49ers a spark, he seems a decent (and well tutored) player, and having a Hollywood Blockbuster face is easy to make the face of the franchise.

    Trumaine Johnson isn’t quite as good as his second franchise tag salary implies, his “set value” is too high for the Rams. Rams always have great defense, now they have Wade, Trumaine will be let go.

    Kurt Cousins isn’t quite as good as his second franchise tag salary implies, his “set value” is too high for any team, but the Redskins will tag him again because they are clinically insane.

  5. vottorific says:
    December 12, 2017 at 8:43 pm
    Didn’t happen quite like yall thought it would, huh trumpies? Every business fails in time. But not for these reasons.
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    That isn’t how this works. The vast majority of NFL money comes from guaranteed money from TV broadcast rights. This money was locked in years ago and increases year to year. If you or anyone else thought the salary cap was going to drop in the first year after declining TV ratings, you need to start paying attention to how these media deals work.

    The NFL has actually had these ratings drops at a fortuitous time. The Major money TV deals won’t be coming up for renewal for several years so there is time to fix their problems and thus the ratings problems before the next deals are struck.

    The only way the salary cap suffers is if the ratings drops continue for a few more years and the networks decide the NFL isn’t worth as much money as it used to be prior.

  6. I wouldn’t pay Cousins, Keenum or Bradford starters money. Brees isn’t going anywhere and Garoppolo will be tagged unless I am missing something about the rules on the franchise tag. I would use the non-exclusive one and let him negotiate to see if you can’t get 2 first round picks. Maybe someone is that desperate.

  7. Roger That!!! Let’s see the real tv streaming #. Remember all NFL related sites need clicks. I’m hear for fantasy related injury reports. Go Fraudulent Goddell. Roger That!!!

  8. If you know anything about football you’d know Garapollo is a franchise QB. Maybe you know it but don’t want to admit it. Niners just need to lock the dude up , sign a few free agents, get another draft haul and we’re back.

  9. So that is an increase of about 4%. Likely due to the already in place escalating TV money. This is the smallest cap increase I can remember.

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