The NFL takes a lot of flack for fining players and assessing teams penalties. Even though the league brings in billions annually, it’s pretty strict when it comes to financial penalties. But in an unexpected piece of news, the NFL has significantly increased the team salary cap limit. The number was expected to inflate, but it went up even more than projected. In 2014 teams will have $130 million at their disposal, an increase of $7 million from the 2013 limit.
As you would imagine, this is fantastic news for most teams across the league. The teams that would have been scraping to re-sign top players and key veterans, now have a lot more room to work with.
Above all else, this salary cap increase will help keep teams together — which is something that’s plagued pro football in recent years. Guys are lucky to play four seasons with one team anymore. Most players across the league bounce around to a few teams before they retire, simply because of the nature of the business.
Now with these cap changes, the nature of the business has changed slightly. $7 million in extra cap money isn’t going to put the league back to the way it was 30 years ago, where the core of a team was intact for the better part of a decade — but it will help teams keep marquee players and it will help eliminate ‘cap casualties’. To me, that’s great for the game.