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Salary Cap may finally go up, in 2015

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/05/new-tv-package-will-result-in-more-cap-dollars-in-2015/

For years, we've been saying that the NFLPA should be insisting on the sale of the Thursday Night Football package to the highest bidder. After years of hoarding the games in the hopes of propping up an in-house network that never has performed at the level the NFL hoped, the league finally has decided to export a chunk of the previously exclusive games.

The good news for the players and the teams is that, by moving eight of the games to CBS, a lot more money will flow through the cash register.

The initial bids reportedly fell in the high $200 million range. If CBS ultimately paid $300 million for the package, that money will dump directly into the bucket from which the salary cap is calculated.

Offsetting that amount will be the lost advertising revenue for NFL Network, given that the games will be shown both on NFLN and CBS. Few companies will spend as much to roll commercials during breaks of games that no longer are exclusive to the league-owned broadcast operation.

Still, even if the net gain is a mere $250 million, that translates to $7.8 million per team in salary cap space.

That bump won't happen in 2014. Each year's cap comes from the prior year's revenue. So the found money coming from the new CBS deal will find its way into the spending budget for all teams comes 2015.


If it does raise $7.8M from say $126.3M projected right now, that's up to $134.1M, or even as high as $135.8M if the cap is $128M this year.
Interesting that they will continue to show the games on NFLN while allowing them to be broadcast on a competitor's network. That's like KFC giving Church's the Colonel's secret recipe and expecting good things to happen. Unless they have other big plans, they should just shut down NFLN and focus on the actual product.
[ Edited by VinculumJuris on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM ]
  • pfizz
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seahawks fans must be loving this with earl thomas and richard sherman contract situation looming.
[ Edited by pfizz on Feb 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM ]
Originally posted by pfizz:
seahawks fans must be loving this with earl thomas and richard sherman contract situation looming.

Cap goes up the same for every team. Greedy players will be expecting even more.
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by pfizz:
seahawks fans must be loving this with earl thomas and richard sherman contract situation looming.

Cap goes up the same for every team. Greedy players will be expecting even more.

This whole LOB thing I think might actually help keep people like Thomas and Sherman together for a reasonable price for the Seahawks. What's going to hurt is the depth, because people like Maxwell, Thurmond and especially Malcom Smith (he just won SB MVP for Christ's sake) have proven they all can play as starters as well. And it will be very difficult to keep competitive NFL players to take small money AND small playing time vs a starting position and big pay check elsewhere. And what really help the Hawks this year wasn't just the LOB, it was the depth of their entire defense, and yes that will suffer in the upcoming years. The hope from my perspective is that the front office will continue to do what they are doing which is proving you don't need a team full of high paid stars to win a championship.
Originally posted by zaghawk:
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by pfizz:
seahawks fans must be loving this with earl thomas and richard sherman contract situation looming.

Cap goes up the same for every team. Greedy players will be expecting even more.

This whole LOB thing I think might actually help keep people like Thomas and Sherman together for a reasonable price for the Seahawks. What's going to hurt is the depth, because people like Maxwell, Thurmond and especially Malcom Smith (he just won SB MVP for Christ's sake) have proven they all can play as starters as well. And it will be very difficult to keep competitive NFL players to take small money AND small playing time vs a starting position and big pay check elsewhere. And what really help the Hawks this year wasn't just the LOB, it was the depth of their entire defense, and yes that will suffer in the upcoming years. The hope from my perspective is that the front office will continue to do what they are doing which is proving you don't need a team full of high paid stars to win a championship.

Don't worry. They'll be suspended from the league for steroid use and you can get them for cheaper. Win win.
Originally posted by zaghawk:
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by pfizz:
seahawks fans must be loving this with earl thomas and richard sherman contract situation looming.

Cap goes up the same for every team. Greedy players will be expecting even more.

This whole LOB thing I think might actually help keep people like Thomas and Sherman together for a reasonable price for the Seahawks. What's going to hurt is the depth, because people like Maxwell, Thurmond and especially Malcom Smith (he just won SB MVP for Christ's sake) have proven they all can play as starters as well. And it will be very difficult to keep competitive NFL players to take small money AND small playing time vs a starting position and big pay check elsewhere. And what really help the Hawks this year wasn't just the LOB, it was the depth of their entire defense, and yes that will suffer in the upcoming years. The hope from my perspective is that the front office will continue to do what they are doing which is proving you don't need a team full of high paid stars to win a championship.

You all can have the L.O.B. I just wat that dline GUTTED!
Is the NFLPA taking the 2 mill option this year?
Originally posted by pfizz:
seahawks fans must be loving this with earl thomas and richard sherman contract situation looming.

Hey, if Seattle wants to use up around 30% of their salary cap just on their secondary, I'm all for it. Sherman and Thomas are going to be looking for big deals, Maxwell is a free agent after the season is over as well. Chancellor will already be earning an average of $6 mil a season. Thomas will likely be getting a deal in the neighborhood of $9 to $10 million a season, Sherman $12 million a season, Maxwell, $6-8 million a season.

That means you'd be spending around $36 million just on 4 guys.



Then you've got Bennett who will be looking for $9 mil a season, Bruce Irvin who will be looking for a raise in the near future, Percy Harvin earning $13 mil a season, Russell Wilson getting at least $15 mil a season, Okung having to be extended, most of the guys on their DL earning big money such as Avril and Clemons, Malcolm Smith and KJ Wright both seeing their deals be up at the end of 2014, the math doesn't add up.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM ]