The estimates were distributed by the league as general managers and team presidents participated in meetings Tuesday at a Dallas-area hotel. Owners are scheduled to meet Wednesday.
It is the sixth straight year that the salary cap is projected to increase by $10 million or more. The cap will have jumped 40 percent since 2014, when it was set at $133 million per team.
The salary cap is calculated as a prescribed portion of league revenue under the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. The current 10-year CBA expires following the 2020 season. That deal was struck between the league and union in 2011 after a lockout of the players by owners and after the sport had a season without a salary cap in 2010.
The salary cap figure cited by the league does not include benefits for players. According to the league, the NFL’s total player costs, including both salaries and benefits, is projected to be more than $7.3 billion next year.
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