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