NFL Officially Sets 2014 Salary Cap at $133 Million

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

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The NFL salary cap is making a notable jump heading into the 2014 season.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports gives us the details:

The $133 million figure represents a jump of nearly $10 million per team from the previous salary cap. From a team and owner perspective, it gives more cap maneuverability and the freedom to make necessary moves.

Two teams that immediately come to mind are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. These franchises are two of the pillar teams in the league, and USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported they are the only two squads not in compliance with the salary cap.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.Doug Benc/Associated Press/Associated Press

As for the players, it’s only natural to expect higher contract figures going forward with a larger salary cap. There are not going to be any players unhappy with that news.

Looking forward, expect the salary cap to be even higher in 2015 because money from the league's new television contracts will become a factor. Considering the NFL is by far the most popular sport in the United States when it comes to television viewers, these deals will continue to be major influences for the foreseeable future.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.Aaron M. Sprecher/Associated Press/Associated Press

The $133 million figure is also the league’s highest salary cap in its history, which was previously nearly $128 million in 2009.

Interestingly enough, the original projection given to NFL squads in December was closer to $126 million. What’s more, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith thought the cap would be around $130 million on Feb. 24, per Pelissero

It's not to say that economics aren't important. The cap is going to be approximately 130 (million per team, up from $123 million in 2013). That's great. But we have a share-of-revenue deal. If revenues go up, so do players' shares of revenue. …

Obviously, we hear the scuttlebutt and the critics about the new deal and looking at the 2009 cap – well, we touched on it briefly in there, but one of the big changes in this deal and one of the big issues for our player leadership while we were negotiating in a lockout was, don't have a myopic focus on the cap if you miss what the (cash) spend is.

The high figure is just another testament to how much money the NFL brings in.