2015 NFL Salary Cap Raised To $143.28 Million


News broke today that the NFL Salary Cap would be increased again for the 2015 season.  This time, the raise will be $10.28 million.

That news was spread today by NFL Network’s Albert Breer on Twitter.  Here is the tweet where he handed down that news:

The difference in the salary cap from the 2013 season to the 2015 has been huge.

  • 2013 Salary Cap: $123 million
  • 2014 Salary Cap: $133 million
  • 2015 Salary Cap: $143.28 million

Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

That means that since 2013 that the NFL’s salary cap has increased by $20.28 million dollars.  That’s an increase of 16.5% in a very short period of time.  While this will help some of the other salary cap strapped teams in the NFL, teams that have planned well will still have to compete with overspending teams in free agency.

For the Vikings, things measure up well.  According to Spotrac, Minnesota will have approximately $19.9 million going into free agency.  Of course, that number could change depending on what happens with Adrian Peterson, Chad Greenway, and some of the other big contracts that still linger on this team.

Minnesota does have the ability to go after a high profile free agent or several small to medium prospects even if they don’t decide to part ways with or restructure any of the players on their current payroll.  With several needs opening up after losses in free agency, the Vikings will need to plug some of those holes and will look to free agency for veteran competition at those spots.

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