Salary cap set at $167 million

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The projected salary cap figure for 2017 that’s been bandied about in recent weeks of $168 million wasn’t exactly right, but it’s pretty close.

A league official told Judy Battista of NFL Media that the salary cap will actually be set at $167 million for the coming season. That’s a rise of about $12 million from last season and the cap has gone up about $47 million over the last five years.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries of the continued rise in the cap will be the players who hit the open market as free agents next week as they’ll see plenty of that money funneled toward their bank accounts. Given this year’s crop of free agents, that’s sure to lead to a few deals that leave people scratching their heads in the early days of free agency but the combination of being free to sign anywhere and the amount of money teams are required to spend makes it a good time to be out of contract.

The Browns, 49ers, Buccaneers and Jaguars are among the teams with the most cap space heading into free agency.

23 responses to “Salary cap set at $167 million

  1. This is why more elite players should never sign long term deals. A) Contracts rarely are seen the end anyways whether the player or team demands renegotiation. B) Presently, the market for the NFL is trending upwards. Ride the wave and re-sign a new lucrative contract every couple years. Otherwise you’re stuck with your deal and watch the newer free agents make more money than you.

    So-called “long term security” is a joke as no contract in the NFL is guaranteed.

  2. kcchefs58 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 11:15 AM

    Drew Brees would like the 67 part of it.

    OLD and WRONG. his cap hit this year is 19, that’s 11.3% of the cap. SMH

  3. Be warned Pat’s haters,,,BB,,,gonna be a player, with 65 million in free cap space,,,can you feel it

  4. “The Browns, 49ers, Buccaneers and Jaguars are among the teams with the most cap space heading into free agency.”
    In math terminology, there’s a positive correlation between how much a team spends and how good they are. That sentence says it all.

  5. Sweet, I look forward to Ted Thompson maxing out GB’s payroll at about $150-155M, while doing exactly nothing to address our grievous secondary and linebacker issues. Maybe we’ll get really lucky and get to watch again as a player at a position of dire need, which we drafted and developed, signs a cut-rate deal with another team and then goes on to lead the league in a major counting stat and makes the Pro Bowl. Fingers crossed.

  6. What will happen to the salary cap in the future, if revenues go down?

    800 lb Gorilla on line one.

  7. Ok.

    If we are going to ponder various aspects of the NFL in a “free market” discussion, why is there a salary cap?

    Shouldn’t we all be concerned about the lack of a “free market” if NFL teams are forced to spend only what is allowed by NFL rules?

    Shouldn’t NFL teams be allowed to spend whatever they want?

    I’m just asking the same question that was being asked about players being able to choose what team they wanted to play for out of college.

  8. If the Packers paid Clay Matthews $1,000,000 a tackle last season, they would have $143,000,000 remaining under the cap.

  9. tqaztec says:
    Mar 1, 2017 12:50 PM
    If the Packers paid Clay Matthews $1,000,000 a tackle last season, they would have $143,000,000 remaining under the cap.
    The guy played with a major shoulder injury all year.

    If the vikings paid the offensive line for every successful block on a defensive tackle or blitzing LB or CB they wouldn’t have lost a dime.

  10. Curious to see how long NFL salaries/revenues will continue to rise at these rates. Wages in the U.S. have been stagnant over the past decade, so at some point you can’t raise ticket prices, or get more for tv deals because people will have less and less discretionary money.

    At some point this has to level out, right? All the same to me, I just don’t see us hitting $210M in another 5-6 years.

  11. tqaztec says:
    Mar 1, 2017 12:50 PM

    If the Packers paid Clay Matthews $1,000,000 a tackle last season, they would have $143,000,000 remaining under the cap.
    The vikings DID pay Adrian Peterson $200,000 per yard last year.

  12. I see alot of comments in regards to the more cap room you have the worse your team is…the Bucs finished 9-7 last season and with a ton of promise looking towards the future. That alone kind of nips that theory.

  13. When is the PFT post with each team’s cap space coming? That’s the real number I’m interested in. My Panthers have an aging RB, and LT that should retire due to a concussion, a free agent RT, and very little depth at DE and safety. We’re not going to get OL help in the draft unless we over-reach for Cam Robinson at #8, so we need to get something in free agency. So I want to know if the Charlotte Observer’s report that we have more than $50 million in cap space is accurate.

    And if we sign Ryan Kalil’s little brother, I’m going to get up from my desk, cross the street to the stadium and throw myself headlong into the Sam Mills statue………..

  14. the bengals are 5 or 6 in salary cap room -spend some damn $ on free agents to improve the team Mr Brown! Bengal fans

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