The NFLPA has said for a few weeks now that they will give their own estimates for the salary cap limits so that players and agents do not need to rely on NFL estimates and today they gave it- $143 million, a rise of $10 million from last season. If they are correct in their assessment this will mark the second year in a row in which the cap rose by $10 million after three years of a flat salary cap.
We have now updated (almost) all the numbers on the site to reflect the $143M estimate. The NFL salary cap space page now reflect that change as well as the workout adjustments which will soon accrue. The NFL salary cap calculators are also all updated to reflect the new franchise tag and RFA tender projections. The following are the tag and tender amounts we are estimating:
1st Rnd: $3,347,000
2nd Rnd: $2,351,000
ROFR/Original Rnd: $1,539,000
The only number that we don’t have updated yet is the Proven Performance Escalator, which will equal the ROFR. Since these numbers are not official I will hold off on that update until it becomes official. You can read about what players earned the PPE here.
As always if you see anything missing or in error just send an email and I will try to correct it.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.