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NFL salary cap to increase to at least $166-170million in 2017

NFL teams will have more money to spend next season

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ESPN'S Adam Schefter is reporting that the NFL will inform teams this week about an increase in next year's salary cap. The cap will go from $155.27 million to between $163 million and $165 million. This will be in line with recent increases in the cap since new TV deals were signed in 2011 and more recently. This number could go higher when the official number is set before the owner's meetings in March

Salary Cap by year:

2016: $155.27 million

2015: $143.28 million

2014: $133 million

2013: $123 million

2012: $120.6 million

The Washington Redskins are in good shape for next year’s cap, but have a few key free agency decisions that could be helped with some extra money on the books. The team could not work out a long-term deal with QB Kirk Cousins last offseason, and used the franchise tag to keep him on the roster. This season the contract dance will happen again and Cousins will be looking for a significant payday based on the last two seasons of play. Contract contract projections have Cousins earning an average of $23 million per year, but would likely have a lower cap number the first year.

According the Overthecap, the Redskins have $44.7 million in cap space next year based on a salary cap of $166 million(the team also has ~$15.2 million that can be carried over from 2016). This does not include several key players that could be re-signed including Cousins, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Chris Baker. The Redskins also have several players who could be released after this season for significant cap savings like DeAngelo Hall($4.25 million), Shawn Lauvao($4 million), Kory Lichtensteiger($3.5 million), and others.