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NFL salary cap set at $143.28 million, 49ers team-adjusted cap at $149,855,980

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The NFL salary cap appears set for 2015. Here is a look at what it means.

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The NFL and NFLPA have come to an agreement on the 2015 salary cap, and it will be set at $143.28 million. The NFL had initially expected the cap to be in the $140 to $143 million range, while the NFLPA projected at least $143 million. I use those terms because the cap is based on projections for revenue in the coming year. The bean-counters run through the numbers before eventually settling on a figure that suits both sides.

The NFLPA released the official numbers earlier Monday, and they include the individual adjusted team salary caps. Each team gets the basic $143.28 million, but that number is then adjusted for a variety of reasons. Teams can roll over unused cap space from the previous year, and adjustments are made for any credits and debits on various contracts. For example, the San Francisco 49ers will get a credit for a portion of Aldon Smith's signing bonus pro-rated for the length of his 2014 suspension.

Based on what the NFLPA released, the 49ers will have an adjusted team cap of $149,855,980. That includes $4,206,936 in carryover from last season, and $2,369,044 in various adjustments. Based on these numbers, the 49ers are looking at a little over $7 million in cap space, without factoring in a potential release of Stevie Johnson.

Jason Hurley and OTC are the two primary resources we use for salary cap information. Updated to $143.28 million for the basic cap, Jason Hurley has the 49ers holding $7,581,111 in cap space. I did some math to adjust OTC's numbers, and they have the 49ers at $7,084,489 in cap space. We don't have an exact number on space, but this gives you a good idea of things.

Last month, Jason Hurley took a look at various potential candidates to be cap casualties. Here are the players (linked to articles) and potential cap savings:

Craig Dahl: $1.7 million
Phil Dawson: $3.134 million
Stevie Johnson: $6.025 million
Vernon Davis: $4.9 million
Ahmad Brooks: pre-June 1=$1,508,750; June 1 designation=$4,706,250

For comparison's sake, here is a rundown of the adjusted salary caps for every team in the league. The Jaguars have the largest carryover, bringing over $21 million to the table in 2015. That leaves them with the highest team-adjusted cap, set at $168,486,107. The lowest cap belongs to the Chargers, set at $142,972,612.

Team

Carryover

Adjustments

2015 Salary Cap

2015 Adjusted Team Salary Cap

Arizona Cardinals

$4,256,919

$978,947

$143,280,000

$148,515,866

Atlanta Falcons

$2,845,290

$123,525

$143,280,000

$146,248,815

Baltimore Ravens

$5,791,927

($3,940,800)

$143,280,000

$145,131,127

Buffalo Bills

$2,647,907

($145,977)

$143,280,000

$145,781,930

Carolina Panthers

$4,939,773

$1,151,864

$143,280,000

$149,371,637

Chicago Bears

$1,545,934

$342,500

$143,280,000

$145,168,434

Cincinnati Bengals

$8,697,310

$153,125

$143,280,000

$152,130,435

Cleveland Browns

$18,908,285

($420,885)

$143,280,000

$161,767,400

Dallas Cowboys

$3,260,740

$2,037,573

$143,280,000

$148,578,313

Denver Broncos

$5,870,000

$916,024

$143,280,000

$150,066,024

Detroit Lions

$939,171

$98,820

$143,280,000

$144,317,991

Green Bay Packers

$7,791,106

$400,000

$143,280,000

$151,471,106

Houston Texans

$966,613

$1,779,133

$143,280,000

$146,025,746

Indianapolis Colts

$7,699,867

$1,443,525

$143,280,000

$152,423,392

Jacksonville Jaguars

$21,768,205

$3,437,902

$143,280,000

$168,486,107

Kansas City Chiefs

$2,246,790

$617,410

$143,280,000

$146,144,200

Miami Dolphins

$7,770,411

$1,876,526

$143,280,000

$152,926,937

Minnesota Vikings

$5,723,960

$624,000

$143,280,000

$149,627,960

New England Patriots

$6,442,054

($5,143,970)

$143,280,000

$144,578,084

New Orleans Saints

$1,710,130

$102,300

$143,280,000

$145,092,430

New York Giants

$151,000

($19,117)

$143,280,000

$143,411,883

New York Jets

$12,619,394

$250,000

$143,280,000

$156,149,394

Oakland Raiders

$7,400,000

$1,192,756

$143,280,000

$151,872,756

Philadelphia Eagles

$15,715,700

$876,678

$143,280,000

$159,872,378

Pittsburgh Steelers

$778,469

$0

$143,280,000

$144,058,469

San Diego Chargers

$1,500,000

($1,807,388)

$143,280,000

$142,972,612

San Francisco 49ers

$4,206,936

$2,369,044

$143,280,000

$149,855,980

Seattle Seahawks

$4,825,000

$152,738

$143,280,000

$148,257,738

St. Louis Rams

$0

$1,393,387

$143,280,000

$144,673,387

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

$1,063,033

$566,856

$143,280,000

$144,909,889

Tennessee Titans

$11,254,828

($181,250)

$143,280,000

$154,353,578

Washington Redskins

$108,621

$3,203,124

$143,280,000

$146,591,745