The Pittsburgh Steelers currently have roughly just over $149 million in salary cap dollars committed for 2016 and judging by a Wednesday afternoon report by Jason Cole, that number lands right in between what the expected league-wide salary cap number is expected to be next season.
Cole reports that NFL general managers and cap guys have been told by the league office to expect the 2016 cap to come in between $147 to $155 million.
The league-wide salary cap number for 2015 was $143.28 million and in 2014 it was $133 million. With those numbers in mind, it won’t be surprising to see the 2016 salary cap number come in at $153 million.
The NFL won’t release the final cap number until sometime in March, so for now, we’ll keep working under the assumption that it will be $150 million as that should still be a safe number.
As I pointed out in a previous post, the Steelers will once again be busy during the offseason addressing possible contract restructures, extensions and terminations with a few of those coming before of the start of the new league year in March.