NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team.
A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million – $170 million, which would be an increase of $10.73 million – $15 million, so it appears as though the final figure could be closer to the high end of the early projections.
It’s worth mentioning that the first figures released, particularly from the NFL, are typically low estimates and the possibility exists that the cap could climb even higher.
The salary cap has been on the rise for the past few seasons after remaining flat for the first few years of the current collective bargaining agreement. Before this, the cap had increased by $10 million annually, which means there will likely be even more money available for player contracts.
NFL teams are required to spend 89 percent of their cap and cash spending has to 95 percent of the salary cap limit over a period of four years, or the difference will go to the union who distributes the money between the players.
We’ll have more regarding the 2017 salary cap as the news is available.