Report: NFLPA expects “significant” cap growth in 2014

Patriots owner Robert Kraft made headlines earlier this week when he said that there would not be a major jump in the salary cap when the league’s new television contracts take effect in 2014.

Kraft explained that there would be “smooth growth” as opposed to the sharp spike we saw in 2006 when the last round of TV contracts kicked in. That would seem to run counter to the way player salaries are tied to league revenues in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but Kraft was a major player in putting the CBA together so his caution is something to be taken seriously.

Not everyone who was involved with those negotiations agrees with Kraft’s assessment, though. According to reports from and Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, the NFLPA doesn’t share Kraft’s outlook for what will happen in 2014.

Per the report, the NFLPA is telling players and agents that there will be “significant growth” in the cap in 2014 and beyond. That advice would seem to have an impact on how they approach contract negotiations over the next couple of years since a big jump in 2014 would obviously be advantageous for players signing new deals and they wouldn’t want to leave any money on the table.

Kraft’s cautionary words could be designed as a way to keep teams from back-loading deals with a 2014 jump in mind, but the mixed messages could make for some contentious contract discussions until we know what will really happen in two years.

14 responses to “Report: NFLPA expects “significant” cap growth in 2014

  1. Let’s see…
    1. All TV contracts up 60+%
    2. TV contracts are 2/3 of cap or up 40+%
    3 . Players share approx 50%
    4. 2014 cap should be up 20+%
    5. 2013 cap expected to be 125 million
    6. 2014 cap of 150 million!!!!!

    Say it ain’t so, Kraft

  2. Who to believe; one of the most powerful, wired in owners or the NFLPA, trying to look like they didn’t lose in the CBA negotiations. I’m gonna go with Kraft.

  3. Personally I find Kraft to be more believable than the NFLPA. And if Kraft is right, teams like the Steelers (who maxed out the company credit card) will be screwed…excellent!

  4. Sml,

    Players get 55% of tv revenue. That alone would represent an increase of roughly 30-35 million.

    You do have to account for growth in the player benefits portion of the salary cap tho. Although I can’t imagine that being more than 5-6 million.

  5. sml1950, are you sure there isn’t language in the CBA that prevents the cap from increasing more than a certain percentage in a given year?

    I fully believe that the cap will; eventually get to $150M, however it may take several years to get there.

  6. @leksington:
    I think that was Kraft’s point. I don’t know what the CBA says, But Kraft said it would be a smooth growth, impling it would not be a huge bump like 2006, when the cap jumped almost 20% in 1 yr(85mil to 102mil).

  7. Much to do about nothing. The overall NFL League revenues, including the TV contract monies, and players salaries are tied together contractually in the CBA. The players, by contract, get approximately 50% of those revenues. It’s in the contract. Simply put, this is much to do about nothing. It’s a done deal. It’s a non-issue.

    I think THE MEDIA/PFT misinterpreted Krafts comments. I think he was simply saying that he expects a more linear increase in the salary cap when the new TV contract monies kick in, as opposed to 2006 when it created a spike. Instead THE MEDIA/PFT is taking a very simple thought and blowing it up into epic proportions and inferring that somehow Kraft and the rest the EVIL OWNERS are trying to screw in socks off of the players. Why don’t you just insert a picture of the owners with little devil ears and pitch forks in the article.

    Again, the contract is done…it’s already cast in stone….it’s a done deal already….this is nothing but a FALSE MEDIA CREATION.

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