Jul 25, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis addresses the media during a press conference prior to the start of training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL’s Salary Cap has a trend of rising in each season, and this year will be no different. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the projected salary cap for 2015 will be between $140-143 million, which is a number that would heavily favor the New Orleans Saints.
While a definitive number has not been established at this point and time, we know that the Saints have a Top 51 figure of roughly $161.5 million, as per Over the Cap.
On the surface, it seems like a tremendous deficit for the Saints and general manager Mickey Loomis to overcome. However, fans of the black and gold are quite familiar with Loomis’ ability to work his magic, and ‘make it happen’. Several subtle moves of players’ roster bonuses to signing bonuses will help alleviate the pressure from the cap.
By my count, the Saints have some $31.95 million tied up in player roster bonuses between eight players. Here’s the breakdown:
Junior Galette – $12.5 million
Jairus Byrd – $6 million
Jimmy Graham – $5 million
Curtis Lofton – $4.5 million
David Hawthorne – $2.5 million
Keenan Lewis – $700K
Jahri Evans – $500K
Ben Watson – $250K
It’s strange to think about the days when the NFL salary cap figure was only a measly $34.608 million in 1994. In each subsequent year, the cap number has progressively increased, some more than others. There’s only been one true decrease in NFL history, when the league came off of a $123 million figure in 2009 to uncapped in 2010, and then back down to $120 million in 2011.
Estimates could put the league’s salary cap as high as $160 million in the next several years.
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