Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Salary Cap Increases For 2013

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The 2013 NFL salary cap is increasing this offseason.  It will increase to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012.  This is good news for cap-strapped teams like the Dallas Cowboys.  For a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars who are well below the cap, it doesn’t mean much…even if they don’t spent their money well.

The increase this offseason is larger than anticipated and is in large part due to increased revenue for the league on the whole.  Under the current collective bargaining agreement, teams have to spend 89% of their cap in contract dollars and the league needs to average 95%.

The cap increase isn’t big, but for teams that are feeling the strain and need to restructure deals with star quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger or Tom Brady the extra increase provides a little breathing room.  The Jaguars should find themselves well below the cap limit with their expected limited free agency presence and their desire to build through the draft.

– Luke N. Sims

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