CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora gave some insight last night into what we can expect from next season’s big salary cap increase.
NFL Management Council informed teams at league meeting today '15 cap projects b/n $138.6M-$141.8M. I bet it ends up higher. Often does— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 10, 2014
The implications of such a jump are fairly large. The Texans are reportedly on the hook for just over $128 million in spending going into next season per OverTheCap, and that does not even include cutting potential cap casualties like Johnathan Joseph and Ryan Fitzpatrick. If those numbers hold, Rick Smith could be looking at anywhere from $10-$25 million dollars of available room to keep Kareem Jackson and Ryan Mallett in the fold, as well as bringing in a few moderately price free agents (Cole Beasley, perhaps?).
Keep an eye on these numbers over the next few months. This could be a very busy March for Rick Smith and company.
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