Minor cap increase can result in major spending

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This year’s version of the crop report has not yet been disclosed, in part because it still hasn’t been determined.  But the indications are that the salary cap will increase more than expected.

As mentioned on Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the cap will be at least $122 million.  Which means it will be at least $1 million more than widely reported and believed.

So what’s the difference between $121 million and $122 million?  Glad you asked.  (Even if you didn’t.)

Apart from the obvious “32 teams times $1 million” calculation, increasing the cap by $1 million easily becomes a $5 million expenditure for a team.  Since signing bonuses and other guaranteed payments are prorated, and because the salary cap never goes down, an extra million in cap space easily becomes another $5 million in current-year spending.

Which under the obvious “32 teams times $5 million” calculation becomes $160 million dollars.

So that’s why the cap being even only $1 million more than expected is a big deal.  And there’s a chance it could be even more than $1 million more than expected.

17 responses to “Minor cap increase can result in major spending

  1. Que the Skins and Cowboys fans that will continue to cry for the next decade about their stolen cap money, and use it as an excuse as to why they still don’t have a significant win in decades.

  2. n0hopeleft says:
    Feb 20, 2013 4:08 PM
    Que the Skins and Cowboys fans that will continue to cry for the next decade about their stolen cap money, and use it as an excuse as to why they still don’t have a significant win in decades.

    Cue the idiots that don’t understand it’s not about those teams but the fact they colluded. Way to be the first. Good job!!!

  3. This really only makes sense for teams working at the margins. Needless to say, that’s not every team, and the new cap floor penalties are ridiculously lax, by the way, so don’t expect that to change all that much.

  4. out of 32 teams how many can afford to use extra cap space for spending? if you are gonna have cap issues in 2014 onwards would it be wise to spend it, just cuz you have it?

  5. Que the Skins and Cowboys fans that will continue to cry for the next decade about their stolen cap money, and use it as an excuse as to why they still don’t have a significant win in decades.

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    Cue the idiot that doesn’t know the difference between “que” and “cue”…but still thinks he understands the situation that went down last year.

  6. Is there anything more stupid that reporting “a source with knowledge”? Wasn’t PFT first reporting no increase in the cap, then later a small increase in the cap and now that even though its a million increase it really means 5 million and then the 5 million turns into 160 million!!! AMAZING JOURNALISM!!

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