As expected, the NFL salary cap will be going up once again in 2016.
During his annual talk with the media on Thursday, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said he “conservatively” expects the recent trend of $10 million per-team increases to the salary cap to continue in 2016.
Assuming Smith is right, the 2016 salary cap will be $153 million per team at the minimum and perhaps even a few million more. However, we won’t know what the actual number will be until right before the new league year begins on March 9.
In 2013, the salary cap was $123 million and it jumped to $133 million in 2014. This past season it was $143.28 million, so it won’t be a huge surprise to see the final 2016 number come in between $153 and $155 million.
As far as the Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 cap situation goes, they are roughly right around $6 million under a $153 million cap number if the new league were to start today. Now that several players have been signed to futures contracts, I will have a full update for you in the coming days as far at that goes.