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?