Report: 2014 Salary Cap Could Come In Even Higher Than $132 Million

On Saturday, John Clayton of ESPN reported that sources had informed him the 2014 NFL salary cap is now projected to come in at somewhere around $132 million. Could it wind up even higher?

On Tuesday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting a source has told him the 2014 cap number could be a “few million” higher than $132 million.

With the start of the new league year just two weeks away, we should know the real number pretty soon. If indeed it does come in a “few million” higher than $132 million, it would further continue to help out the Pittsburgh Steelers, who currently have a Rule of 51 number somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million. Keep in mind that they had roughly $1.3 million in cap space left over from last season they can carryover as well.

As previously mentioned, if tackle Levi Brown is released and both wide receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Lawrence Timmons have their contracts restructured to the fullest, that would clear roughly $14 million in cap space. At this rate, the Timmons contract mind very well could be left alone.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II have both indicated over the course of the last few weeks that the team could be more active in free agency this offseason as opposed to other years. That is of course yet to be seen, but at the very least they shouldn’t have any trouble re-signing their own free agents they want to keep and extending a few contracts of younger players in addition.

Salary cap hell? What salary cap hell?

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  • dkoy85

    Fingers crossed!

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Is there any indication if this is a 1 time spike cap and the next few years will be back to the flatter cap? Should the Steelers now expect cap growth again like the prior CBA? If the cap is going to be flat for the next few years, then you need to be much more measured in your signings. If it is back to the old days, then they should be aggressive. (I might even support the Roethlisberger extension happening this year, which I previously have not,)

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Dave, I respectfully disagree with you. It is still salary cap hell, almost every other team has a war chest that is growing ever bigger allowing them more room to improve, and easily outbid the Steelers for players. I get the fact they wanted to squeeze in 1 more Super Bowl win potentially before getting younger. But obviously there will be few if any left for the next run.

    Hey, I know some teams go worst to first in 1 year so there is always hope. But I would like the Steelers to be conservative for now. After all, you know there’s a few guys that will cost them big time next year as well. And how about if a couple more guys pleasantly surprise this year? More money required to sign them.

    The Steelers have been behaving like those people with all their credit cards maxed and then they lose their job. Trouble. I would rather they save a few bucks so when there’s a deal you can;t refuse they can take advantage and buy it.

  • JohnB

    its not like they’re putting this money into crappy players. You have to pay for PROVEN talent, and that’s what they’re doing. And then people come in here and try to say that’s the wrong way of doing things, yet we’re solid contenders. 8-8 is our BAD years! you know how many teams would love to have their worst season in a decade be 8-8??

    Our drafts haven’t sucked, the guys they’re drafting just arnt as good as the PROBOWL/HOF players they’re hired to take over for.

    What GOOD team doesn’t have cap problems?

  • JohnB

    patriots, saints, seahawks, steelers, chargers, chiefs, cowboys all over the cap.
    Ravens just got under the deal because of the Suggs deal.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I am not whining. I have been a fan since 1969 and am grateful that the Rooneys have been the type to stick with coaches for 15 years on average and stick with the program. I actually agree with you.

    However, I also think it’s time to be proactive, not reactive. A player plays better than you think and all you get to do is sign them, restructure others, thereby mortgaging your future all the time. Then if you were to change your mind about someone like Ike, for example, you’d have to accept the huge dead money charge just to get rid of him.

    Instead, I say be proactive, while trying to build a good base for the next 5 year run of potential Super Bowls. Nothing too drastic. I never said, get rid of everyone. I’m nice and calm here and would like them to plan for the future, and have a few extra bucks to spend on either FA’s or to keep their own players.

    For this year, I would definitely try to get a few players to accept pay CUTS if they wish to attempt a run at a championship.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I hate the Pats, yet their FO does an excellent job. Newsome is excellent and yet when you win a Super Bowl you cannot afford all the pay hikes in the new NFL. Please note that he has moved on.

    Various degrees of success, but let’s not talk about Jerry Jones, unless he wants to trade up with the Steelers and give them some extra picks. They are usually good for making at least 1 stupid move each year.

  • shawn

    Its a tough sell … but i would tend to agree … EVERYONE wants to be a winner … can’t hurt to see if we can get some Pay Cuts to add to our chances of Winning another SB while we have BB … definitely worth a shot … nothing to lose except a few hurt egos !

  • NW86

    I’ve never called it “Cap Hell” so I’m not going to argue whether they are or are not in it. Dave seems to be the biggest one perpetuating that argument. I would call them “Cap Constrained”. But I don’t buy into the idea that every time we hear the cap is going up, it suddenly helps the Steelers. Every other team now has even more space too. Other than the Cowboys and maybe the Saints, every team has more room than the Steelers and could easily outbid the Steelers for free agents if they wanted to. That doesn’t change, no matter what the ceiling number is.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    The reason it is good is because the Steelers tend to be smarter with their money by not over paying guys. If someone leaves like Woirlds they could sign some depth at that spot. If he wants to continue being a Steeler, he will be one at a reasonable price. The reason it is so good, is because they now have more money to be reasonable with, while other teams have more money to waste. A lot of other teams see the additional money as a way to spend a couple extra million on a Diva receiver.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Tell me what other team in the NFL has a top 5 QB, top 5 WR, a top 5 pass rusher (at the time he was signed) a top 5 cover corner (has been that every year except for last year) and a top end middle linebacker and is not in cap trouble. Really. Cap hell maybe or maybe not but the team has been smart with their money. Other than the Woodley deal they really haven’t made a bad signing in quite some time. And no one would have predicted he would become so injury prone.

  • JohnB

    you cant mention “various degrees of success” and then bash the way theyre doing it because the steelers are still a success. Newsome still has his hands full cause they gotta rework Ngatas contract and soon Joes and they’re coming of an 8-8 season as well. This is nothing new.

    the steelers haven’t been “reactive” because they’ve been following their own trend for years and its worked for them. They didn’t mortgage their future for Lewis, or Wallace, or just about any WR we’ve had for that matter. (Brown and Ward being exceptions). They mortgaged their future on their “base” which, most importantly is the QB and their defensive stars which, just this past few years started showing wrinkles.

    you can go out and get nobodies and HOPE they turn out well (then pay them) or you stick with whos good and build around them.

  • Nolrog

    Just the Steelers and the Cowboys are over the cap now.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The dumb teams are fewer and fewer each year. I’m not sure I trust the Steelers to give reasonable contracts. Woodley, Starks, and Colon were 3 hefty contracts that all didn’t workout. They probably gave Farrior too much toward the end of his deal.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You make a good point. Here’s my problem with it. The top 5 guys are around 2/3 of your cap and going up on Ben’s next contract. Do you think they can get enough quality starters and depth to compete for a championship if this keeps up? I certainly don’t. So something’s gotta give.

    You may think otherwise and we shall see.

  • Richard Edlin

    Most of those other teams are playoff teams; Steelers aren’t a ‘good’ team by that metric.

  • NW86

    Point taken, and I do agree – the Steelers don’t usually make bad deals, they just had a large core of great players who went to 2 superbowls, and they made the calculated decision to go all out to keep them and try to get to another. It was a worthwhile gamble that didn’t work out. I don’t blame them – but I do admit that they are strained to try to keep players now, because they are still accounting for the money they’ve paid over the last few years.

  • NW86

    Yes but that is 20/20 hindsight. You could do that with any team. All three were outstanding players, still in their 20’s, with almost no injury history and no character concerns when the deals were signed. I don’t think any of us hated those deals when they were first signed.

  • JohnB

    yeah NOW that they raised it. They could raise it again. And we only have to get rid of Levi and we’re under.

  • JohnB

    a FG away from the playoffs, man, c’mon! hahaha. I was listing all the teams that were over the cap before todays markup for sake of argument though.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I agree regarding Woodley’s deal, but Starks was at best an average tackle when they franchised him, which put him in to completely the wrong pay bracket. The Colon deal was because they were pressured by the Bears, which put them beyond their budget.

  • Nolrog

    It’s going in the right direction, that’s for sure. But that will drive the price up of some free agents.

    By the way, Baltimore is like 20 million under.

  • JohnB

    im aware, and that’s cause of the Suggs deal last week and the inflation of cap space.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    That’s how most good teams are. People get upset with the Steelers for letting guys like Keenan Lewis go but that’s how good teams operate. They get a good core of great players and hope that guys they draft can contribute for a year or two before they have to pay them a big money deal and let other teams pick them up. Like Sanders leaving this year, they are betting that Wheaton will contribute in his place and depending on how good he plays it will depend on whether he is worth keeping or if he plays too well he may be to expensive to keep. But they will have AB their as the main contributor for many years to come