Early Projections Have 2014 NFL Salary Cap At $126.3 Million

It has long been expected that the 2014 NFL salary cap number would remain somewhat flat and on Wednesday, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported that the early projected cap number for next season is $126.3 million, which would be an increase of $3.3 million over 2013.

This is certainly good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers and hopefully that number will jump a little bit more like it did last year, before it is finalized.

Currently, the Steelers would be a little more than $9 million over the projected $126.3 million cap number based on the 42 players presently under contract for next season. They will also be able to roll over any left over cap space from 2013 and right now that number amounts to nearly $1.4 million.

Keep in mind that tackle Levi Brown will be released almost immediately after he is deemed healthy, so that will free up an additional $6 million in salary cap space as soon as that happens and that space will be used to fill out the rest of the top 51 rule.

  • CommonSenseGoneWild

    Soooooo….Does this mean we get to keep Jason Worilds?

  • DrakePirate

    forget JW … can we pick up a decent LT is more like it !!!

  • mlc43

    This is some good news. We have some definite issues that are not going to be able to be fixed with just this one draft. Hopefully we kind find some money to do something that we don’t usually do, dabble a little more heavily in free agency. I’m not gonna hold my breath on that, though.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Best news of the day

  • Lamarr56

    Great news! Finally something goes our way.

  • NW86

    I doubt that, we’re still considerably over the cap, and that’s with only 42 players under contract. Also, this means the other 31 teams get a little more cash too, and 29 of them are in better cap shape than the Steelers, (the Cowboys and Saints are worse).

  • CrazyTerry

    Colbert needs to go. He has made way too many dumb mistakes in recent years . Ben’s salary has NOTHING to do with the cap problems as I have seen some columnists mention. The cap situation is a self imposed situation by Colbert and Khan. Troy, Ike, Farrior, and others have stayed on longer than they should have at their pay and that has created a domino situation with pushing cap money into future years. Colbert was GREAT for us , but so was Dan Rooney’s brother and Dan fired him despite Art jr being the architect of the SB dynasty. So thanks Colbert for the great years, but your time is up.
    People should remember the Steelers were a naively run franchise for decades. Then Art’s sons – the two Rooney brothers- happened to the franchise and they both have transformed this franchise into a great one. But one has been fired years ago and the other is pretty much retired. So let’s not trust this franchise blindly anymore. We gotta see something good from management soon.

  • T R

    I’m confused we are over cap.. how is that good news. LOL

  • Steve

    Please read the last paragraph of this report!

  • CW

    Don’t get why people are giving up on Beachum as left tackle. Before he suffered that knee sprain he stopped several of the best pass rushers in the league cold from getting near Big Ben. While he’s not a prototypical left tackle in the NFL, he’s doing the job effectively and unless he completely falls apart Beachum should get the starting job..

    Besides Mike Adams has been improving at left tackle and was the best offensive lineman last week. So unless it’s a pure plug and play potential Pro Bowler left tackle I don’t see the advantage of spending big money when the Steelers already have two left tackles of varying quality already on the roster who could start.

  • Brandon James

    His natural position in college was LT, and he was quite dominate.

  • Jerome72

    6 million plus 1.4 million is 7.4 million so we’re still technically over the cap! Won’t mean anything in the long run but his question was valid.

  • cp72

    Money won’t be the only hurdle preventing us from signing him. Worilds is going to want to start and he may look at Woodley and JJ and say I can get more playing time somewhere else. The good news he is strictly a 3-4 guys so that limits his potential suitors.

    I think we need to be careful. I get worried we are going to give up big money for what is essentially a great 12 game stretch. He may be an emerging player, but he is going to want and probably going get the money of player with a better resume.

  • DrakePirate

    I like Beachum for depth and being a solid backup, but I’d rather pick someone up in FA that is plug n play as you say and near pro bowl or at least solid … I dont know about you, but I still don’t know what we have in Adams and Gilbert and the way our OL has been injured the last few years doesn’t hurt to have plenty of quality OL on the team.

  • DrakePirate

    Like it or not, what mic said is 100% true, we have too many holes to fill through the Draft … the front office should really think about going after a couple players in FA, i’m not saying break the bank, but picking up a couple solid players will go along way on shortening the time for rebuilding and getting us back in the playoffs … I really think we are not far off from being back on top again … by my count I would say 3 players on Offense and 3 more on Def and we could be back in Beast Mode again … that could easily be accomplished over the next 2 seasons through the draft and by picking up a couple solid FA’s

  • Jason

    You forgot to mention we’re paying Woodley $61 million to do a job that Worilds does much better for a small fraction of the pay.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I don’t think Steelers have cap room to keep quality backup OL on the roster. The guys they have are all playing on rookie contracts except for Foster, whose contract is very inexpensive. When they started Beachum (#7 pick) and Foster (undrafted FA) on the left side, that must have been the cheapest assembled left-side OL in the NFL.

  • T R

    Exactly.. good news to me is under cap and more the 42 players signed.. but guess i am killjoy.. lol

  • steeltown

    Very nice…
    The sky is falling as each season comes to an end.. or atleast a lot of Steeler fans would like to think so, but that is not always the case.

  • DrakePirate

    Cap Room is definitely the issue going forward, but i think if we trim a lot of the fat that is necessary over the off season, it can be managed … maybe Dave can tell us, but it appears we will be in a little better cap position this offseason than last.

  • steeltown

    Maybe because its nearly half of the projected number we were over last season.. every year the cap hell will get a little better as the back ended veteran contracts end and League cap rises ever so slightly

  • NW86

    True – in fact, since Pouncey went down the whole OL has been one of the cheapest in the league.

    Don’t understand your point about not being able to afford a quality backup though – if we’re talking about Beachum, he is a league minimum guy, they don’t get any cheaper than that.

  • Chad H

    You are getting a down vote just for your creepy picture.

  • CrazyTerry

    Personally, I can’t blame Colbert for the Woodley problem. In my case, at least, it was hindsight that regrets extending him. He was a rising star at the time. However, Colbert needs to be prepared to take a hard decision on Woodley too after this season based on how Woodley looks these remaining games. Same with Worldis. I had no idea he would be this good though even without the benefit of hindsight, I do fault Lebeau for not moving Woodley around more to get an idea of his flexibility since it was obvious even in prior years that Worldis was a little better on Woodley’s side though we didn’t know to what extent.

  • CrazyTerry

    Cap room can be obtained by being merciless on the salaries our secondary is getting paid next year. If Vleasco returns, I would also trade Pouncey as good as Pouncey is and use that pick to shore up LT or ILB.

  • Jerome72

    Thanks! I just took it yesterday! Like my thong?

  • Foncool

    You’re right Dan fired Art Jr the architect of the SB dynasty teams and 25 years later they won a SB again when Colbert came on board. Anyone else want to wait another 25 years for another SB?