Report: Detroit Lions could benefit from an increased 2013 salary cap

Posted Mar 1, 2013

According to an Associated Press report, the NFL salary cap for 2013 could rise from $120.6 million to $123 million due to greater-than-expected 2012 revenues

Matthew StaffordThe Detroit Lions could be getting a little more salary cap relief.

The NFL salary cap for the 2013 season is expected to rise from $120.6 million to $123 million, according to an Associated Press report.

The increase, per an unnamed source in the report, is a result of greater-than-expected revenues last season.

That could be good news for a Lions team that has been trying to trim salary during the early portion of this offseason.

The releases of Titus Young, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Stephen Peterman saved the team approximately $8.5 million and the restructures of Nate Burleson and Dominic Raiola around another $5 million.

It’s estimated the Lions would currently be around $9 million under the new figure, not counting restricted free agent tenders and the pool of money set aside for rookies.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said more restructures could be in the works and there is still the potential for quarterback Matthew Stafford to reduce his $20-plus million cap number for 2013 with an extension.

The team was able to work out a similar extension with receiver Calvin Johnson last offseason that reduced his cap hit by some $9 million.

League revenues are expected to continue trending upward in the coming years, especially when the league’s new television contract kicks in for the 2014 season. As a result, the salary cap for 2015 is expected to rise considerably, according to the report.