Feb 9, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT
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.
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