Report: 2017 NFL Salary Cap Set To Be $167 Million

We will find out very soon what the official NFL salary cap number for the 2017 league year will be but as the scouting combine gets underway in Indianapolis this week, it appears the amount is now leaking.

According to Judy Battista of the NFL Network, the 2017 NFL salary cap will be set at $167 million, according to a league official.

For several weeks now the assumption has been that this year’s salary cap number will come in at around $168 million and that turned out to be very close.

If the $167 million number is correct, that should result in the franchise tag number for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell coming in at roughly $12.119 million. Bell was given the exclusive tag by the Steelers on Monday.

In my most recent 2017 Steelers salary cap update I used a projected number of $168 million. That update included several other projections as well. I will post a new update soon.

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  • CP72

    One of my favorite articles everytime. I enjoy the salary cap portion of building a team.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    What was the cap last year?

  • WreckIess

    $155M and some change.

  • The Chin

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  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Went up a good bit then.

  • WreckIess

    So now we have $23M in cap space correct? Plenty of money to get some guys especially if we can get Le’veon a contract to get that cap number down.

  • The Chin

    I’m anxious to see those figures as well.

  • Nolrog

    Been going up ~10 mil a year for the last few years.2013: 1232014: 1332015: 143.282016: 155.272017: 167.

  • Sonny Saks

    Timmons and Deebo still unsigned..

  • WreckIess

    They aren’t and neither will be that expensive. Harrison’s cap hit was a little over a million last season and I doubt that would change. Timmons will be more expensive, but if he wants too much he just won’t be back on the team.

  • CP72

    Don’t think Harrison is signing for 1.5 million again.

  • JT

    On paper, but not really that can be spent. Search Steelers Depot and Dave has a good article on projections. You have to take out roughly $8.75 mill for draft picks, cap repayments, in season allocations, practice squad, etc.

  • WreckIess

    He signed for 2 years and 2.75 M last time if he doesn’t want to resign for somewhere around 2 years and 3 M this offseason then he can retire. I doubt he’d expect more than that anyway.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    The chart lost me.

  • JT

    It includes rollover.

  • WreckIess

    They were only 7 million under the cap in 2014 when they signed Mitchell. Then they also signed Cam Thomas, Moats, Blount, and DHB. I’m not saying they can go grab AJ Bouye or anything crazy, but they have enough to make some moves if they want to. Practice squad players also won’t go against the cap because the cap only has to do with the top 51 on the roster and they won’t be that. Other expenses could easily be taken care of with a restructure.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think this is one of the reasons we got out of over the cap hell.

  • Reader783

    The NFL should refine its salary cap rules. There is no provision in place to help teams retain players; the salary cap at its core exists so that the large market can’t just sign the best 10 players every offseason (ie the Yankees in MLB), but it screws teams that draft well over, like the Steelers.

    We have to pay our draft picks and get no incentive for them to stay. In the NBA, you are allowed to get a higher contract with the team that drafted you than a team you leave for.

    I think the NFL should reduce the cap hit for a player that was drafted by a team because as it is now, we draft AB, take the risk on him and now we have to take up 7% of our cap paying him because we were right about him and that’s how much it costs to retain a player we drafted.

    Take a look at this circumstance, for instance:
    Steelers (mid-market) draft Mike Wallace in the 3rd round (a high draft pick, very big risk). He plays well and we develop him with a HOF QB for 3 years. In his UFA year, Steelers cannot match the offer the Dolphins (large-mid market) make, as it would cripple us in the salary cap and we can’t afford to retain a player we drafted and developed because we are already paying players we drafted (ie Troy, James Harrison, etc.) Miami gets a developed 3rd round pick who is now NFL proven with no risk at all in using a draft pick.

    The salary cap, at its core, is supposed to help small market teams v. large market teams, but in the NFL, the salary cap helps teams that suck at drafting v. teams that are good at drafting.

  • falconsaftey43

    Top 51 is for offseason only. Start of the regular season, all 53 active roster, all practice squad, and anyone on IR count against the cap.

  • falconsaftey43

    I think part of the reason they don’t do that is to create parity. Helps teams that can’t draft by allowing them to sign FAs. Rule like this, there would almost never be high quality players on the FA market since they could make more by staying put.

    Current structure doesn’t hurt teams that draft well, they don’t have to pay more to retain their players, they just don’t get a discount. Teams that draft well still get the benefit of having the good players they draft for their cheap rookie contract. teams that draft poorly have to rely on high priced FAs, as their cheap rookies aren’t any good.

  • Reader783

    Right, but drafting is part of the business. You shouldn’t get rewarded for not being able to draft. Absolutely, it keeps competition high among all teams, but with an unfair method.

    It definitely hurts teams like the Steelers who tend to be above league average in drafting. We simply can not afford to retain Markus Wheaton, Leveon, AB, Ben, Mike Wallace, Timmons, etc. etc. etc.

    Look at this offseason alone to be honest, we have to decide whether or not we can keep our accrued veteran star Lawrence Timmons because we have to pay our star draft picks AB, LB and then we can’t even consider Wheaton, Jarvis Jones, etc. because some other team with cap space because they can’t draft (Browns) will just pay them a King’s ransom. Not to mention the Steelers never even sign FAs because we are busy paying our draftees. The system has obvious favoritism for teams that are bad at the job; just seems counterintuitive.

    I think at least the first contract after rookie contract should be discounted; and I’m not talking like 50% reduction, but maybe 10% or something. The value you get on a 3 year rookie contract is almost always less than the second contract a player signs. Most NFL players have that sweet spot in production from like 24-29, young and developed, and teams that draft well and develop well get screwed by that.

  • WreckIess

    Then even still they only take up a mill. Won’t stop them from making signings.

  • CP72

    Ends up getting a million dollar raise for 2 years.

  • JB Burgess

    Let Timmons walk.

  • falconsaftey43

    How is that unfair? It’s the embodiment of fair, everyone has to pay the same for the same talent. You get the benefit of their cheap rookie contract, after that, it’s a free market.

    It’s not an advantage to bad drafting teams. In order to get a good player on their team, they have to pony up the same amount of cash as anyone else. Difference is, they don’t have anyone on their team worth paying, so they have cash to spend. And there is nothing saying a team has to keep all the good players they draft (i.e. Patriots).

    There is absolutely nothing putting a good drafting team at a disadvantage to re-signing one of their good players coming of their rookie contract other than the fact that they already decided to pay other players previously. Could have the same situation building through FA. If every year you go out and sign good FAs, you might not have the money to re-sign one of your good players or add another FA. Not to mention original drafting team has the advantage of using tags on players to retain them.

    Everyone gets the same amount of money to spend, talent cost the same for everyone (if anything good teams get a discount by players looking to win, not just cash in).

  • WreckIess

    1.75 mil per year. I knew it wasn’t going to be much.

  • JT

    Don’t mean to imply that can’t spend. Just that it isn’t quite as roomy as it appears. But we’re in such good shape that they can do things without restructures if they’d like. That’s something to appreciate.

  • falconsaftey43

    Also, rookie contracts are 4 year. 1st round rookies have 5th year option. Then you can franchise/transition tag someone if you want. But you are correct that most players best days are on their second contract.

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