Salary cap will be around $190 million in 2019

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The NFL’s salary cap is rising again.

The league announced today that the salary cap will rise to somewhere in the neighborhood of $190 million in 2019. The 2018 cap is set at $177.2 million.

“The NFL informed clubs today that the projections for the 2019 salary cap are in the range of $187.0 million to $191.1 million,” the league said in a statement. “This marks a 40% increase in just five years since the 2014 season ($133.0 million) and would be the 6th consecutive year the cap is projected to climb more than $10 million per club year over year. Total projected player costs, including benefits, will be more than $7.3 billion in 2019.”

The first year the NFL had a salary cap, in 1994, it was $34.6 million. That would be about $59 million in today’s dollars. So if the cap had merely kept pace with inflation, it would be less than one-third of what it will be in 2019.

64 responses to “Salary cap will be around $190 million in 2019

  1. Hate the salary cap, it destroyed the Cowboys Dynasty. If weren’t for the cap, Dallas would’ve won so many Super Bowls that the rest of the league would hate them even more.

  2. Yah!!!! Raise the ticket prices AGAIN! $75 for parking next year. $12 beers. These guys are making too much money.

  3. Packers just redid Aaron Rodgers contract to 150 mil/year. (On a side note, Aaron Rodgers has already started whining about “the lack of talent around me”.)

  4. Good. Dallas will need the money to resign A cooper, zeek, prescott(not a fan of paying him over 20 million a yr), byron jones, and jaylon smith.

  5. mickmars says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    Packers just redid Aaron Rodgers contract to 150 mil/year. (On a side note, Aaron Rodgers has already started whining about “the lack of talent around me”.)
    —————–

    Rodgers’ 2018 cap number is $20.8m. That ranks 14th among quarterbacks and 17th among all players.

    That narrative is not only old, it’s grossly inaccurate. Brady, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Wilson, Brees, etc all have higher cap numbers and somehow or another their teams have put talent around them.

    Probably because their front office doesn’t suck.

  6. nyneal says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm
    Why not just round it up to 200 million and be done with it?

    because the league has to stick to the theory of agreed upon calculation based on revenue to prevent the players from arbitrarily just asking for a bigger cut.

  7. mickmars says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    Packers just redid Aaron Rodgers contract to 150 mil/year. (On a side note, Aaron Rodgers has already started whining about “the lack of talent around me”.)
    ________________

    You are a complete liar!!!
    Please, provide a link to this, or any quote, that closely resembles Rodgers stating this.
    I’ll wait………..

  8. With that type of money, you’d think players would want to sing the National Anthem, while standing, wrapped in an American flag.

    But instead, players like Michael Bennett use their free time to call racial discrimination at a Vegas casino, in which video proof shows he was treated with more respect than the rest of humanity in the same situation.

    #NFLPrivilege

  9. Can’t wait to see how all the owners react when the cap trajectory starts pointing downward.

    They would probably love not having to spend as much on the players. When the cap goes up, so does the salary floor

  10. Roger Goodell deserves a huge raise. He brought integrity and order to what was a dysfunctional league before he took over. Roger is the new sheriff in town and the only people who dislike him are fans of cheater teams like the patriots and fans of wife beaters like Ezekiel Elliot. Long live Goodell!!

  11. gauchosporlife says:

    December 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Hate the salary cap, it destroyed the Cowboys Dynasty. If weren’t for the cap, Dallas would’ve won so many Super Bowls that the rest of the league would hate them even more.

    —-
    And they have never recovered…

  12. I feel the salary cap is a reflection of the economic state in this country:

    It keeps going up and up every year (Corporate profits and GDP) but the everyday man struggles to afford it with wages not keeping up ( rising ticket costs,parking, food at the stadium at ridiculous prices,etc). Not to mention most of the money not being spread fairly among the team with qbs taking 30%+ of the cap.

    I’m just saying.

  13. lctftjc says:
    Can’t wait to see how all the owners react when the cap trajectory starts pointing downward.
    ==

    It isn’t the owners that will need to react.
    The salary cap is tied to a fixed percentage of NFL revenues. When revenues go down, the cap will go down with it, meaning a smaller pie for the players to carve up and share.

  14. They need to do something about QB salaries.
    The league has basically become a race to see how good a team can be before a QB is done with their rookie deal.
    After that they get paid such a ridiculous amount of the cap they can’t get enough talent around them.

    Ravens won the Super Bowl, had to pay Flacco, havent been the same.
    49ers almost won the Super Bowl, had to pay Kaepernick, havent been the same.
    Seahawks won the Super Bowl, had to pay Wilson, havent been the same.

    It seems you can only win now with either a rookie deal QB or an aging veteran like Brady or Brees that have already made their money and just want to win one more time.

  15. @coltsreign, I have some whine to go with that cheese!! A player gets paid what his team feels he’s worth.. That’s how society works as a whole. In the NFL if you put people in the seats or cause people to watch at home, you get paid.. and there’s nothing wrong with it. If you don’t like it stop watching and the game will wither or go on without you

  16. “ How long until Belichick cheats the cap”??? You seem to be confused. It was the Broncos who cheated the cap in 1996-1998, during which they won Super Bowls. They were fined millions of dollars. Per Al Davis it contributed to their winning the Super Bowls.

  17. Tough decision, spend a ton of money on a ticket, $200 on food and beer, an hour to go take a leak, $50 on parking……or……get a better view from my couch, get a 12 pack for $15, all I can eat for free, 3 minutes to take a leak

    What to do, what to do?

  18. As Jets fan one has to hope Maccagnan never sees the chance to allocate the cap space in 2019. He wasted a ton in 2015 & 2016.
    Hopefully, Christopher and Woody Johnson reset and fire Maccagnan. Then the team has a chance. They can’t ignore the results of past 4 years. Adams and promise of Darnold not nearly enough.
    Please, please move on and clear way for the best coach possible.

  19. coltsreign says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm
    I feel the salary cap is a reflection of the economic state in this country:

    It keeps going up and up every year (Corporate profits and GDP) but the everyday man struggles to afford it with wages not keeping up ( rising ticket costs,parking, food at the stadium at ridiculous prices,etc). Not to mention most of the money not being spread fairly among the team with qbs taking 30%+ of the cap.
    __________________________
    No one is forcing you to go. Vote with your feet and stop whining. Sheesh. Poor me syndrome is a disease.

  20. Hey gauchosporlife:

    In response to your message: “Hate the salary cap, it destroyed the Cowboys Dynasty. If weren’t for the cap, Dallas would’ve won so many Super Bowls that the rest of the league would hate them even more.”

    I have a couple thoughts: 1) The cap didn’t destroy the dynasty – Jerry Jones did. Stop protecting him. The rest of the league had to follow the same cap rules; didn’t seem to hurt New England. 2) I personally don’t think I could hate them any more if they started winning, since their win/loss record has never impacted how I felt about Dallas. Instead, I hate them because they are led by a clown of an owner who baby’s his star players, and will take talent over character every day of the week. Since Jerry took over that team, they have been the most classless team in the league, who haven’t been relevant since 1995. All they do is sign and/or protect their talent, who are known more for suspensions and questionable behavior then they are for winning games. Their starting RB can barely form a complete sentence, hence you never hear from him. (Well that, and the fact that if he speaks, he may incriminate himself as it relates to his next inevitable legal mis-step.)

    But keep telling yourself that they are hated because of their past, and possible future successes. The truth is that a huge contingent of the “haters” weren’t even alive to remember the last time they were any good. And while you guys march towards that inevitable post-season beat-down with your mediocre QB and clown-show of an owner, just know that the rest of the league will be laughing at you not just in the playoffs, but next year when the Giants and Eagles get healthy and reality sets in, as Dallas is back where they truly belong – battling w/ Washington for last place.

  21. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    mickmars says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    Packers just redid Aaron Rodgers contract to 150 mil/year. (On a side note, Aaron Rodgers has already started whining about “the lack of talent around me”.)
    —————–

    Rodgers’ 2018 cap number is $20.8m. That ranks 14th among quarterbacks and 17th among all players.

    That narrative is not only old, it’s grossly inaccurate. Brady, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Wilson, Brees, etc all have higher cap numbers and somehow or another their teams have put talent around them.

    Probably because their front office doesn’t suck.
    *********************

    They have to factor in the average salary within the overall cap dollars over multiple years as well as cash on hand. Yes, AR’s cap this year is low, but Packer’s paid out $67M so I would imagine cash flow is a little tight. Also, it’s tough to sign other free agents to long term contracts knowing 20% of salary cap have already been committed to 1 player. They can sign a few free agents to short term contracts by moving salary cap to later years, which they did, and signed high price free agents this years, Wilkerson and Graham.

    It just didn’t work out.

  22. gauchosporlife says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    Hate the salary cap, it destroyed the Cowboys Dynasty. If weren’t for the cap, Dallas would’ve won so many Super Bowls that the rest of the league would hate them even more.
    ============================================================================================
    No it didn’t. They just got old.

  23. Yet they still complain about how much money they are making. It’s unbelievable. They are making millions while most people couldn’t even afford to go to a game now since it’s $50 for parking and ~$100 for a ticket. If it weren’t illegal it would cost $5 to use the restroom.

  24. Rodgers’ 2018 cap number is $20.8m. That ranks 14th among quarterbacks and 17th among all players.

    That narrative is not only old, it’s grossly inaccurate. Brady, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Wilson, Brees, etc all have higher cap numbers and somehow or another their teams have put talent around them.

    Probably because their front office doesn’t suck.

    ——-

    You can’t look at the cap hit for any single year. It’s low this year, but for 3 of the years it is over 30 mil. But to your other point, yes, get a better front office. Draft better players. For having Brett Favre and Rodgers back to back, the amount of success they have had is sad. It’s just like Peyton in Indi.

  25. Free agency is vastly overrated. There is a reason teams let players go and it’s because they believe they can do without them.

    Draft. Draft. Draft. everything is about the draft.

  26. “ How long until Belichick cheats the cap”??? You seem to be confused. It was the Broncos who cheated the cap in 1996-1998, during which they won Super Bowls. They were fined millions of dollars. Per Al Davis it contributed to their winning the Super Bowls.

    ***

    On May 11, 2015, the NFL suspended Patriot quarterback Tom Brady for four games for failing to cooperate with the investigation (by not turning over contents of his personal phone) and for being “at least generally aware” of the “more probable than not” ball deflation that the Well report felt wasn’t caused by the cold weather. The team was also fined one million dollars and docked their 2016 first round and 2017 fourth round picks.

  27. ariani1985 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    And Roger’s already wants a new mistake/contract.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    Rodgers didn’t get a new contract. It’s the same contract, but with an extension, which he never spoke of. He didn’t need to. The Packers wanted to compensate him at his true value. Which clearly illustrates another difference between his deal and Cousins’ deal.

    Rodgers is worth it.

  28. On May 11, 2015 the NFL suspended Tom Brady because they didn’t know cold weather causes footballs to lose pressure!
    The NFL also told the federal court they had no evidence! Repeat none!
    Wells said Tom cooperated “fully “ , he also said he didn’t need the phone.
    But keep making up crap!

  29. Pats didnt cheat the cap.

    Broncos and 49ers did and won SB’s, later to be found guilty and fined. Forever * their wins.

    What Pats did and do and got caught for is different, but a cheat nonetheless in Robert Krapft and Bill B. (and Brady).

  30. ariani1985 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    And Roger’s already wants a new mistake/contract.

    ————

    At least Rogers has shown he can beat a winning team

  31. Pats didnt cheat the cap.

    Broncos and 49ers did and won SB’s, later to be found guilty and fined. Forever * their wins.

    What Pats did and do and got caught for is different, but a cheat nonetheless in Robert Krapft and Bill B. (and Brady).

    ***

    Revis signing for below market is cheating

  32. gauchosporlife says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    Hate the salary cap, it destroyed the Cowboys Dynasty. If weren’t for the cap, Dallas would’ve won so many Super Bowls that the rest of the league would hate them even more.

    —————————————————————————————–

    This is the kind of narrow minded thinking that would ruin the league. Do you not realize that without the salary cap, more than half the teams in the NFL could not compete for anything except being also-rans?
    Without the salary cap, there’d be about 6 teams which would have all the stars and everyone else would have the scraps.
    Do yourself a favor. Go back and read about Pete Rozelle and Wellington Mara — two men who had the foresight to understand that what is good for the league is far more important than what is good for one team.
    It never ceases to amaze me hos some fans just don’t get it.
    as for your Cowboys, Jerruh Jones is the reason you haven’t won more titles. The minute he thought he was smarter than Jimmy Johnson, your team was doomed. Yes, Barry Switzer one one championship but everyone knews that was Johnson’s team. And until he is gone, you won’t win another one — this year included.

  33. Think of how much more money the Vikings can waste on average players at other positions in addition to quarterback.

  34. Hey Jon Gruden! See the salary cap does go up every single year! You could have kept K Mack, your best player, and Carr and fit both under the cap easily. Together they would be about 22% of the Raiders cap.

  35. u4iadman says:
    December 11, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    Pats didnt cheat the cap.

    Broncos and 49ers did and won SB’s, later to be found guilty and fined. Forever * their wins.

    What Pats did and do and got caught for is different, but a cheat nonetheless in Robert Krapft and Bill B. (and Brady).

    2 6 Rate This

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    pats have done nothing as proven repeatedly

    federal courts is where the truth comes out

    sf, denver and pitt all cheated the cap in the 1990s, yes

    denver was the worst offender for cheating elway

  36. lctftjc says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    Can’t wait to see how all the owners react when the cap trajectory starts pointing downward.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Well when the cap goes down they cut players to get under the cap and still keep their 50% so it will effect players long before the owners even notice.

  37. vegaskid21 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    Yah!!!! Raise the ticket prices AGAIN! $75 for parking next year. $12 beers. These guys are making too much money.
    +++
    Yet people will keep paying for tickets and concessions.

  38. gauchosporlife says:

    December 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Hate the salary cap, it destroyed the Cowboys Dynasty. If weren’t for the cap, Dallas would’ve won so many Super Bowls that the rest of the league would hate them even more.
    +++
    No, it wasn’t the cap. It was Jerry and his ego. The Cowboys have yet to recover from it.

  39. max pay 5 million per year. with a minimum salary of 1 million and a cap of say 70 million. combine that with an excellent retirement and healthcare plan, then lower ticket prices.

  40. Ya that extra 13 mill could have gone macks way, wouldn’t have covered cooper though. Face it? This was the first of many teams saying “screw you” to agents like Segal that are too powerful.

  41. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:

    Rodgers’ 2018 cap number is $20.8m. That ranks 14th among quarterbacks and 17th among all players.

    That narrative is not only old, it’s grossly inaccurate. Brady, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Wilson, Brees, etc all have higher cap numbers and somehow or another their teams have put talent around them.
    ###

    Name me one QB in NFL history that has ever had a contract that actually paid him over $80 MILLION in the first 12 months of the deal.

    You can’t do it because it’s never happened before – and most likely won’t happen again any time soon.

    Brady, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Wilson and Brees aren’t in the first year of their respective contracts – so you’re comparing real cap dollars to artificially low cap dollars in the first year of a contract.

    Sure, for 2018, Rodgers has a low cap value but he has a $78,700,000 dead cap money value for 2018 also.

    Rodgers cap hit will be $26.5 million next year, $32.6 million the year after (his salary will only be $1.1 million though)…

    Ultimately, in 2022, the cap hit will be $37 million when Rodgers is 39, assuming he’s still playing by then (or forced another renegotiation).

  42. nyneal says:
    December 11, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    gauchosporlife says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    Hate the salary cap, it destroyed the Cowboys Dynasty. If weren’t for the cap, Dallas would’ve won so many Super Bowls that the rest of the league would hate them even more.

    —————————————————————————————–

    This is the kind of narrow minded thinking that would ruin the league. Do you not realize that without the salary cap, more than half the teams in the NFL could not compete for anything except being also-rans?

    ———
    Isn’t that pretty much what we have today anyway?

  43. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm
    Rick Spielman, please earmark that $13 million for an offensive lineman.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    Think about that. Spielman has gone to the FA well several times for O-linemen and all he’s come away with is the most expensive, least productive unit(s) in NFL history. Bryan Bulaga was a first rounder but every other guy on the Packers’ O-line is a 4th rounder or lower, as were Sitton, Lang, and Tretter. Most of those guys took 2 or 3 years to develop and all 3 backups that started vs Atlanta seem to be developing nicely. All of that has been the product of playing the long game.

  44. vegaskid21 says: Yah!!!! Raise the ticket prices AGAIN! $75 for parking next year. $12 beers. These guys are making too much money.”
    ====================

    Gameday revenue is peanuts to the NFL – most of the league’s $15 billion is from tv contracts.

  45. gtodriver says: “Ultimately, in 2022, the cap hit will be $37 million when Rodgers is 39, assuming he’s still playing by then (or forced another renegotiation).”
    ======================

    The salary cap has been going up about $12m per year, so for Rodgers:
    2018 – $20.9m/$177m = 11.7%
    2019 – $26.5m/$190m = 13.9%
    2020 – $32.6m/$202m = 16.1%
    2021 – $33.5m/$214m = 15.6%
    2022 – $37.0m/$226m = 16.3% (potential out after 2021 with only $11.5m dead cap hit)

    MMQB did a salary cap comparison with 1997 QBs and Favre, Aikman & Bledsoe were in the 15%-16% range too. So essentially, top QBs are being paid at the same rate historically, even though quarterbacks today are asked to do MORE (more pass attempts/gm, more yardage, higher completion percentage, less INT turnovers).

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