NFL salary cap expected to be $130 million, report says


The NFL salary cap reportedly will be $130 million. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

The NFL salary cap is going to be higher than expected, according to an ESPN report.

Preliminary estimates had the cap falling at about $126.3 million, but now it’s more likely to be $130 million per team, Adam Schefter reports. The official cap figure is often higher than projections and the extra room is particularly welcome for teams that are “cap-strapped,” like the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. The San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers  also were over the $126.3 million figure.

Teams have until March 11, when free agency begins, to get under the cap, so there will be a flurry of player cuts. Last year’s cap was $123 million.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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