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More cap space for the Redskins? NFL cap could reach $130 million

Feb 9, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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The Redskins could be getting some more salary cap room by the time free agency starts on March 11.

The official cap estimate for 2014 is $126.3 million. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, that is a low estimate so that teams can begin to draw up their budgets for the season. The final number is still being calculated and is subject to some more negotiation. It is possible that the salary cap could come close to $130 million.

A $130 million cap would give the Redskins over $30 million in cap room to try to improve from their dismal 3-13 campaign. Right now new head coach Jay Gruden, GM Bruce Allen and the rest of the organization are evaluating the current team and deciding how much of that cap space should go to the teams 20 free agents. They also are figuring out what players under contract they might want to release to create more cap room.

Although the NFL will see a substantial increase in TV right fees due to the new CBS Thursday night contract as well as deal negotiated with FOX, CBS, NBC, and ESPN earlier, that new money won’t be seen in this year’s cap. The spending limits are based on the revenues from the previous season so that money won’t kick in until 2015.

  1. crzyvgs - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Well more is usually better but in this case I don’t see how it really matters.

  2. kenlinkins - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    If the Redskins are smart, they will place the increase into the War Chest for 2015 and 2016. In 2014 we must find out who will benefit from better coaching, who can and can not play in the NFL, getting back to 8-8, making Great Draft Picks and having a full War Chest for 2015 / 2016 when we can make a real run deep into the play offs. There are way too many questions to answer in one year after the wheels came off in 2013. If you want to win at the race track, you do not bet every race. (sometimes you have to watch and learn).

  3. Rich Tandler - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I agree that the Redskin should retain some $$ to roll over and they probably will. But there should be a substantial increase in the 2015 cap due to new TV deals, including the CBS Thursday night package. I have heard some say it will approach $140 million.

    So even if the Redskins spend up to near the limit there will be some extra $ waiting for them next year in any case.

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