NFL Salary Cap Set at $155.27M

According to the NFLPA the NFL has officially set the salary cap for the season at $155.27 million, about $12 million higher than last years number. With that number set we can now better estimate a few charges for next season related to tenders and draft selections. The number coming in that high also should mean that every team in the NFL is already under the salary cap for next year. I have the salary cap page now updated to reflect the new cap limit. Carryovers are included in that chart but only a few other adjustmets from last years incentives. As always remember these are estimates and the actual numbers may be (and probably will be) somewhat different. 

The numbers Im least confident in estimating are the franchise tag numbers, but they should be somewhat close to the following:

PositionFranchise Tender
Quarterback$19,654,000
Defensive End$15,420,000
Wide Receiver$14,460,000
Linebacker$14,064,000
Cornerback$13,771,000
Offensive Line$13,613,000
Defensive Tackle$13,304,000
Running Back$11,814,000
Safety$10,666,000
Tight End$9,010,000
Punter/Kicker$4,512,000

I’m much more confident in the RFA tenders which should be as follows:

TenderAmount
ROFR/Orig Rnd$1,671,000
2nd Rnd$2,553,000
1st Rnd$3,635,000

The ROFR tender is also the amount that will now be earned by any player who earned the Proven Performance Escalator this year.

Finally here are my estimates for the top 5 draft picks. Wel; get the full draft chart updated in the next day or so.

PickSigning BonusTotal Value
1$18,423,720$27,807,618
2$17,511,068$26,552,720
3$16,930,296$25,754,160
4$16,266,552$24,841,512
5$15,104,996$23,244,368

  • Roscoe418

    Field Yates posted tag numbers that differ from these:

    https://twitter.com/FieldYates/status/703391202054430720

    Which does beg the question – how exactly are these calculated? Everyone says it’s the average of the top five salaries at each position. But is that for the current year? Cap hit instead of cash? AAV? I’ve tried to calculate a few things to settle a debate on the DE position, for example, but I haven’t been able to hit an exact number. Is this like the comp pick formula, where the NFL keeps it a mystery?

    • eddiea

      Not that i know all about calculations, but did you add all incentives for players. Since someone said you can’t just use Cap numbers from previous seasons especially if player had i.e. Pro Bowl incentives. Just giving you more info.

  • Jim

    For franchise-tag purposes, is Damon Harrison a DT? I thought NT’s get a different number?