The 2014 NFL league year kicks off on March 11, and that also means free agency gets going. The NFL and NFLPA have been reconciling their revenue in order to figure out the 2014 NFL salary cap, and reports indicate the number will be official and announced by Monday, and possibly as soon as Friday. Pro Football Talk is reporting the number is going to settle in at around $133 million. That is a $10 million increase from last season.
Speculation has had projections ranging from $126.3 million to $133 million. We are still dealing with projections from anonymous sources, but I would hope that with so many people projecting a sizable increase we won't get bamboozled with a lower number.
Albert Breer tweeted that this number does not reflect the recent CBS purchase of half the Thursday Night Football slate. Instead, that money along with money from the rest of the new TV deals will reflect in next year's salary cap. That should mean another solid increase. This kind of increase benefits everybody involved. It gives teams more money to spend, which potentially means bigger deals for free agents. Additionally, players that were on the bubble of getting cut for cap savings might find themselves spared.
Carlos Rogers remains the most notable member of the 49ers on the salary cap chopping block. With this increase in cap space getting the 49ers up over $12 million or $13 million in cap space, it makes for an interesting decision between the two sides. If the 49ers ask Rogers to take a pay cut, does he refuse and force their hand. That will depend on how he views the market for cornerbacks. If he thinks he can get an early decent-size deal, he might force the 49ers to cut him.
Matt Maiocco reported the 49ers would potentially ask Rogers to take over a 50 percent cut in pay. The 49ers have some time to figure out Rogers' situation. They can designate him a June 1 cut because they have the cap room to wait on it. They have the cap space to sign free agents and their draft class. They eventually want to get an extension for Colin Kaepernick, but that will take some time, and they don't need that extra space right this minute. This could be a bit of a slow play sorting through the Carlos Rogers contract situation.