The NFL’s salary cap will grow by $200 million over the next four years, the league’s collective bargaining agreement says, and teams can expect to see a rise in spending in the offseason as well.
While it’s possible that many of the money in the NFL’s cap will be used to sign a free agent to a long-term contract, the majority of the $400 million will go toward free agents.
It’s unclear how much the league will spend on a player this offseason.
The cap increase is projected to increase the average cap for NFL teams by $13 million, which is nearly $15 million more than the average for the NFL over the past five seasons.
This year’s increase comes after an increase of $1 million last year, which was partially offset by the NFLPA raising its proposed contract.
The increase is also the first to take effect in more than two decades.
As we’ve written before, this was an important season for the players, who got a huge boost in the salary cap after a successful lockout, the end of the preseason, and the preseason in which the team with the fewest cap hits won.
The NFLPA also won a victory this year by negotiating a contract extension with the players’ union that allows the union to negotiate additional paychecks for players that would otherwise be eligible for the league minimum.
If a player is already making more than $100,000, they’re entitled to receive a raise.
The new salary cap for teams is expected to be $1.3 billion, a $1 billion increase from last year’s $1,225 million.
The league’s contract with the union is set to expire in 2021.