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Big T
02-20-2014, 09:03 AM
@AdamSchefter: NFL's salary cap now projected to rise to about $130 million, up 5 percent from $123 million last year, per league sources. More $ for all.

JackLambert
02-20-2014, 09:35 AM
I'll take it.

Big T
02-20-2014, 10:25 AM
As the NFL’s revenues rise, so do the players’ salaries. And the 2014 season will see both the owners and the players getting richer than ever before.

This year’s salary cap is expected to rise to about $130 million per team, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That’s a 5 percent increase from last year’s cap of $123 million, and it’s good news for teams that are tight on cap space.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the amount teams can spend on players is determined by the league’s revenues, through a complex calculation that includes TV money, ticket sales, merchandising and so on. The players get about 48 percent of the total league revenue, so a cap of $130 million suggests that NFL teams are raking in about $270 million a year.

The salary cap should rise by at least a few million dollars per team next year as well, thanks to the new TV revenue coming from CBS buying the Thursday night package.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/20/salary-cap-expected-to-hit-130-million/

steelchamp204
02-20-2014, 10:36 AM
Not trying to jack the thread, but since we are on topic of money.

Wasn't Rooney going to add another 3-5k seats at Heinz??

Thanks for any answer. Now back to main topic.

LatrobePA
02-20-2014, 10:53 AM
Also reading an article that says Troy is on the bubble! Could we go into this season with money to spend??

steelchamp204
02-20-2014, 10:58 AM
Also reading an article that says Troy is on the bubble! Could we go into this season with money to spend??

On the bubble?? Yes, Troy had some what the **** moments this season. He was solid this past season. I'd say 1 more season and that's it. We don't have the depth to release both safeties.

Big T
02-20-2014, 11:59 AM
Troy isn't going anywhere this offseason. He was very good last year, played very defensive snap, and we aren't going into the 2014 season with 2 new starting safeties. I'd bet anything be stays. They will make some moves, ask guys to take pay cuts, restructure, extend some contracts, cut some people. And with the salary cap increase, they'll have some money to spend. Colbert said yesterday that they may be a little more active in Free Agency than they have in previous years.

NeilPatrickBanana
02-20-2014, 12:01 PM
im kind of bummed the cap went up so much more than expected. With such a huge crop of quality free agents (seriously, this might be the deepest "starter" quality group of free agents in a decade)... I was hoping the cap would help drive down the cost of the 2nd tier...

steelchamp204
02-20-2014, 12:23 PM
im kind of bummed the cap went up so much more than expected. With such a huge crop of quality free agents (seriously, this might be the deepest "starter" quality group of free agents in a decade)... I was hoping the cap would help drive down the cost of the 2nd tier...

Give it a season, then the overpaying will start all over again and teams will still be in cap hell. Just because the cap has increased doesn't mean desperate teams aren't going to overpay FA anymore than what they already have.

We'll see Flacco contracts more often than not now.

Real Deal Steel
02-20-2014, 12:26 PM
Just as long as we do a better job when we extend contracts is all that matters to me. We need to be more judicial and draft better accordingly.

Ibleedblk&gld
02-20-2014, 01:15 PM
Love him or hate him, I like what Colbert had to say about it...

“I think there's a possibility we could be more active in the free agency market this year,” Colbert said on Wednesday. “Not only from an availability standpoint or from a depth-requirement standpoint, but also from a cap situation that we haven't been able to do those types of things in the past because, quite honestly, we had more work to do just to get into compliance.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/5005/increase-in-salary-cap-will-help-steelers

Real Deal Steel
02-20-2014, 01:45 PM
He's saying all the right things. It's what he DOES that matters.

Ibleedblk&gld
02-20-2014, 04:35 PM
He's saying all the right things. It's what he DOES that matters.

Without a doubt, but it's nice to hear them express the option of playing a bigger role in FA, not only for weapons, but for depth as well

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NeilPatrickBanana
02-20-2014, 04:58 PM
yea, The Steelers don't use free agency though... so you know... Colbert is just making that stuff up to placate the masses

:rolleyes:

Ibleedblk&gld
02-20-2014, 06:54 PM
yea, The Steelers don't use free agency though... so you know... Colbert is just making that stuff up to placate the masses

:rolleyes:

I'm not implying that

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Real Deal Steel
02-21-2014, 08:31 AM
Sorry but I feel the way Neil feels. Colbert is saying what we want to hear right now. We just got an additional 7 mill and I don't believe Colbert is really going to do something significant in free agency.

Nolrog
02-21-2014, 09:17 AM
yea, The Steelers don't use free agency though... so you know... Colbert is just making that stuff up to placate the masses

:rolleyes:

That's not exactly true. They use free agency in a very controlled manner. This past year, they brought in Gay, Allen and Velasco (though Velasco was a reaction to Pouncey's injury, it was a very good move). In the past, they brought in Ryan Clark and James Farrior that were huge contributors.

TarlsQtr
02-21-2014, 09:20 AM
That's not exactly true. They use free agency in a very controlled manner. This past year, they brought in Gay, Allen and Velasco (though Velasco was a reaction to Pouncey's injury, it was a very good move). In the past, they brought in Ryan Clark and James Farrior that were huge contributors.

You are right, of course, that we HAVE used free agency. We do it the right way, filling holes on the cheap.

Neil was being sarcastic. :-)

NeilPatrickBanana
02-21-2014, 09:52 AM
Sorry but I feel the way Neil feels. Colbert is saying what we want to hear right now. We just got an additional 7 mill and I don't believe Colbert is really going to do something significant in free agency.

:facepalm:

You do not feel the way I feel. My post was making fun of you and the people who share your dopey viewpoint.

Real Deal Steel
02-21-2014, 11:58 AM
That's not exactly true. They use free agency in a very controlled manner. This past year, they brought in Gay, Allen and Velasco (though Velasco was a reaction to Pouncey's injury, it was a very good move). In the past, they brought in Ryan Clark and James Farrior that were huge contributors.

I hear ya. But as of late, free agency moves (in general) haven't been that significant. I look forward to the draft because that's where I think we do damage. Maybe Colbert will pleasantly surprise us; but I doubt it.

Big T
02-22-2014, 01:08 PM
@ClaytonESPN: According to a source, the projection for the 2014 salary cap is now at $132 million.

Nolrog
02-22-2014, 02:59 PM
@ClaytonESPN: According to a source, the projection for the 2014 salary cap is now at $132 million.

If that's the case, then with just the release of Levi Brown, we'd be about at the cap.

Big T
02-22-2014, 11:32 PM
I thought this was interesting from Rotoworld:


ESPN.com's Scott Brown reports that "nothing is imminent" between the Steelers and free agent FS Louis Delmas.
Delmas visited with the Steelers earlier this week, but left without being offered a contract. Pittsburgh is currently just $8.67 million under the 2014 cap and may only be interested in Delmas on a veteran minimum deal.
Related: Steelers
Source: ESPN.com Feb 22 - 9:48 PM

Real Deal Steel
02-23-2014, 12:15 AM
Hmmmm...

I wish they'd sign him. It would allow us to move the need to draft a safety down the priority list to maybe the 4th round. Because right now, at this point, I believe their going to use the third round pick on a safety.

Big T
02-25-2014, 04:15 PM
Back when the owners were told that the salary cap would climb from $123 million in 2013 to $126.3 million in 2014, a source with knowledge of the cap calculation said it will be higher.

Now that reports have put the salary cap as high as $132 million for 2014, the same source has said, once again, it will be higher.

Per the source, the cap could be a “few million” higher than $132 million. If this means $3 million more than reported, the cap could be as high as $135 million. That would amount to an 9.75 percent increase over last year, the biggest spike by far since the 2011 labor deal was negotiated.

It’s unknown whether the increase in the cap, which is based on revenues but inevitably is negotiated by the NFL and the NFLPA, will result from efforts to borrow against future cap increases. In past years, the quid pro quo for an increase in the cap has included an agreement by the NFLPA to permit cap penalties to be imposed on the Cowboys and Redskins for treating the uncapped year of 2010 too literally.

A cynic may wonder whether the spike in the cap for 2014 is aimed at helping NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith fend off a 2015 challenge from Sean Gilbert or, possibly, Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks.

Regardless, the cap could be increasing by similar amounts in the future. Per the source, the 2014 bump is expected to become the trend in future years.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/25/source-cap-will-be-higher-than-132-million/

Real Deal Steel
02-25-2014, 04:18 PM
And players request for higher annual salaries (specifically bigger signing bonuses) is going to escalate just as well.

Big T
02-27-2014, 08:37 PM
For 2014, each team will have $10 million more to spend than it had a year ago.

Per a league source, the salary cap will be $133 million in 2014. That’s a significant jump from the spending limit of $123 million last year, especially in light of recent increases of only a million or two per year.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the official number will be announced most likely by Monday, and possibly as soon as tomorrow.

In response to recent reports that the cap will be $132 million, we were told it could be a few million higher. In the end, it’s only a million more. Still, it’s a big jump over the $126.3 million projection shared with owners during the 2013 season.

The increase is good news for teams that need cap space, like the Steelers and Cowboys. But it’s bad news for teams that prefer to keep their money in their coffers. The current labor deal requires each team to spend 89 percent of the unadjusted cap, on (for now) a three-year rolling average.

If/when the official cap numbers are released, the various franchise tags also will be set. Under the 2011 labor deal, the franchise tags are tied to a percentage of the cap.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/27/source-cap-will-be-133-million-per-team/

coldrolled
02-28-2014, 01:49 PM
Goodell and the Ravens needed it.. $133 million will help us too now.

Big T
03-07-2014, 10:34 PM
When the salary cap jumped from $123 million to $133 million last week, some suggested it could move to $140 million in 2015 and $150 million in 2016.

Think higher.

One source with knowledge of the process (but not the same source who was on the money — pun lame but intended — when providing info about the 2014 cap) tells PFT that the cap could spike to $145 million in 2015 and a whopping $160 million in 2016.

A large jump wouldn’t be a major surprise. While the new TV deals kick in this year (including the recent Thursday night CBS simulcast), the revenue increase won’t hit the cap until next year.

That raises an intriguing question: Why did the cap go up by $320 million based on 2013 revenues? With a 50-50 split in revenue between the owners and players, the increase reflects $640 million in new money.

The full truth as to the bump, annually negotiated by the NFL and NFLPA, never will be known. The teams, however, didn’t anticipate it. Last October, owners were told that the cap would increase by only $3.3 million, to $126.3 million. More recently, the number was pegged increasing by $128.3 million.

As one source explained it to PFT, that’s the number most if not all owners used when establishing their budgets for the upcoming free-agency period. It means that most if not all General Managers will have to persuade their owners to increase the budget in light of the increased cap room.

In Dallas, that would be an interesting conversation.

Moving forward, teams may want to make multiple budgets, because the information the teams are getting from the NFL has been suggesting much lower growth. For now, it’ll be interesting to see whether many/any teams alter their budgets in light of the unexpected spike in the cap.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/07/cap-could-hit-160-million-in-2016/