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Last week I wrote about how an increase in the NFL salary cap would benefit the Steelers. Since that news came out things have shifted again, and this is huge news that inexplicably seems to be flying under the radar.
As John Clayton told me Wednesday it looks like the League will announce early this week that the cap for the 2014 season will be $133 million. That's a relatively big 8% increase and the highest cap figure in NFL history surpassing the $127.997 million figure in 2009.
But the even bigger news was tweeted earlier today by ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Salary cap projected to rise to about $133 million this year, expected to break $140 million next year and $150 million by 2016, per source— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2014
This is going to have a huge impact on how teams can approach free agency which starts March 11. Teams can backload contracts knowing that big increases are expected in both 2015 and 2016. The smarter GMs and capologists (Eagles anyone?) will be all over this and use it to their advantage. It will benefit teams like the Cowboys and Saints that were in cap hell. And it will benefit the Steelers, a team that spends to the cap, and more, as well.
The chances of Jason Worilds being a member of the Steelers in 2014 just went up.