REPORT: Lions get more relief under 2014 salary cap

Posted Feb 20, 2014

The NFL is expected to increase the 2014 salary cap to $130 million, giving teams close to $4 million more in cap space than was expected

INDIANAPOLIS -- Suddenly there’s more money for all.

The NFL is expected to raise the 2014 salary cap to $130 million, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

That’s a nice little boost from the $126 million teams were initially advised it would be, and the $123 million it was in 2013.

It means teams like the Detroit Lions, who didn’t have a whole lot of room under the cap entering this weekend’s NFL Scouting Combine, just received around $4 million more to spend on free agents and draft picks.

Ndamukong SuhDT Ndamukong Suh (Photo: Gavin Smith)

The Lions are currently around $7 million under the cap with plenty of more ways to trim.

The team already lapped $11.5 million off the cap by releasing veterans Nate Burleson and Louis Delmas.

A long-term extension with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh could save upwards of $10 million of this years cap. Suh has a cap number of $22.4 million this season.

To put the increased money in a bit of perspective, the Lions signed Reggie Bush, Glover Quin and Jason Jones on the first day of free agency last year for under $6 million in 2013 cap commitments.

It typically costs around $6.5 million under the new rookie wage scale to sign a draft class.