Salary cap is expected to be at least $178 million, could exceed $179 million

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With the new league year approaching, the NFL and NFL Players Association soon will be finalizing the salary cap number for 2018. In December, the NFL projected a range of $174.2 million to $178.1 million for the cap.

As often is the case, the actual salary cap likely will exceed those projections.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the cap will at least be $178 million. It also could exceed $179 million.

The specific number, generally driven by revenues in the prior years, ultimately becomes the product of negotiation between the NFL and NFLPA. Last year, the parties set the cap at $168 million.

The cap has been experiencing significant growth in recent years, even with a decline in TV ratings. With the Thursday night broadcast package spiking from $450 million to at least $550 million annually as of 2018, the increases likely will continue.

21 responses to “Salary cap is expected to be at least $178 million, could exceed $179 million

  1. Make the players “kneel” for it. Get off your “knees” unless this is your normal way of life. Stand up have a spine! have a back bone! Squatting is what lesser and weaker people/countries do!

  2. Well I for one am on the edge of my seat regarding the outcome of this 178 million vs 179 million discussion

  3. I want to know why they don’t know how much the NFL made
    last year to base it on, or are they still counting piles of cash
    In NY. I mean Its almost March they haven’t sent out all there 1999s
    and W2s.

  4. “I want to know why they don’t know how much the NFL made
    last year to base it on, or are they still counting piles of cash
    In NY. I mean Its almost March they haven’t sent out all there 1999s
    and W2s.”

    Obviously they know what the employees made and have sent out the W2s etc. Its the accountants determining what the overall expenses are and the individual team tax writeoffs. Do you think the taxes for companies that make hundreds of millions a year in revenue are as simple as yours? Each team must have thousands and thousands of expenses over a season that all have to be accounted for, put in the proper category and finally into what are no doubt tax returns that are practically novels by the time the accountants are done with them.

  5. Wait. You mean to tell me all of those folks who swore off the NFL because of the protests didn’t bankrupt the league like they said they would?

    I’m shocked! I’m totally shocked!!!

  6. sayormills49 says:
    February 25, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    Well I for one am on the edge of my seat regarding the outcome of this 178 million vs 179 million discussion

    OK I change my mind. THAT is the best Sunday comment! Hats off to you sayormills49!

  7. All the “league is in great shape, all is well!” Animal House ROTC folks are in for a surprise when most of the cap money goes to “stars” like Cousins and Andy Dalton while Goodell hands the rest out as bribes to players who drive away fans with social justice garbage. Keep digging.

  8. With 53 players on an NFL squad it averages a little over $3M per player. But ultimately about 100 Million is spent on about 10-12 players and the other 40 get the left overs. So debating how much is not really as important as WHO is getting paid!

  9. They should give the bad teams a higher salary cap than the good teams. Clearly the higher draft picks aren’t enough to bring the bottom teams to parity in a lot of cases.

  10. $178 freakin’ million……..

    Thats great, but how will this affect Mike Brown exactly ?

    Does this mean he may be able to afford a top notch training bubble, or will he still be asking his $10M a year athletes to hop on a bus and use the local high school facilities ?

    Oh wait ?

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 25, 2018 at 7:18 pm
    “I want to know why they don’t know how much the NFL made
    last year to base it on, or are they still counting piles of cash
    In NY. I mean Its almost March they haven’t sent out all there 1999s
    and W2s.”

    Obviously they know what the employees made and have sent out the W2s etc. Its the accountants determining what the overall expenses are and the individual team tax writeoffs. Do you think the taxes for companies that make hundreds of millions a year in revenue are as simple as yours? Each team must have thousands and thousands of expenses over a season that all have to be accounted for, put in the proper category and finally into what are no doubt tax returns that are practically novels by the time the accountants are done with them

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    The salary cap is calculated based on revenue not profit. Expenses, taxes, etc don’t factor in the calculation. At the level we are talking about the players and owners are partners and in a revenue sharing agreement per the cba.

  12. The big problem with the cap is simply that over the years they’ve allowed so many work-arounds that it’s a cap in name only. Look at 9ers – huge cap space because allowed to carry over $60M from last year. Look at how Saints’ Brees contracts are structured so they’d owe masses of dead money when he retires. These and many other workarounds to the “Annual” “Cap” (and how they enable teams to pay FAs they otherwise couldn’t afford), actively encourage the sort of boom-&-bust that these Parity Rules were supposed to mitigate against to make all teams competitive each year.

  13. Players: We hate London and Thursday night football games!
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    The salary cap is expected to increase $12-13 million in 2018
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    Players: Heck yeah!

  14. I’m glad the Lions locked up Stafford when they did. People were bitching about the cost, but heck his contract is gonna be average at best by the time he’s done with it. And the alternatives out there getting big money this year? No thanks.

  15. Cap doesn’t matter in Cleveland, its according to how much Haslam is willing to pay out. Which is usually just enough to keep the other owners satisfied.

  16. The NFL is turning into the NBA. People are going to stop watching. These player salaries need to be contained or the NFL will lose fans they won’t be able to get back.

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