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National Football League salary cap for 2018 set at $177.2 million, per reports

Salary cap $177.2M Cowboys have $16.4M space before Lawrence tag Salary cap $177.2M Cowboys have $16.4M space before Lawrence tag
Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 16:12

The NFL salary cap for the 2018 season will be set at $177.2 million, according to NFL Media, citing two team executives who were informed with knowledge of the situation.

The salary-cap number is negotiated by the National Football League and NFLPA using a formula that takes into account multiple factors, including revenue from broadcasting rights, premium tickets and merchandising.

At those numbers, it means the cap will increase by roughly $10 million from 2017 to 2018.

But since 2013, the cap has risen more than $54 million, from $123 million to $177.2 million, an increase of 44.1 percent. Teams can begin negotiating with the agents of impending free agents on March 12. Should they go all-in on a franchise quarterback or should they try to ensure that they can bring back as many pieces of the current team as possible while looking to the draft or free agency for a passer?

According to Over the Cap, the Cardinals have $157.9 million already committed to the players on their roster, giving them a total working number of $20.9 million available cap space. The 6.11 percent increase is the smallest percent increase for the cap from year to year since 2013's 1.99 percent jump.