HoosierCat Posted December 11, 2004 Report Share Posted December 11, 2004 Part of a piece on profootballtalk.com:TEAMS ANTICIPATE NINE-FIGURE CAP In response to the big-money deal given to Colts receiver Marvin Harrison (which as we've explained isn't as great as reported but nevertheless represents more money than the team arguably should have paid to a 32-year-old receiver whose best days arguably are flickering in the rear-view mirror), a league front-office type tells us that, moving forward, new player contracts will reflect the expectation that the new television deals will push the salary cap over $100 million. The 2004 salary cap is $80.582 million. But with an average 27-percent increase in Sunday afternoon TV deals with Fox and CBS, a hefty increase for the DirecTV package (some reports peg it as high as 75 percent), and an expectation that the Sunday night and Monday night packages will yield at least a 25 percent increase, the trek from $80 million to $100 million in maximum per team annual player compensation will be a no-brainer.The story goes on to note that there are still a lot of questions about what happens to MNF and how much is eventually paid for that, but it seems clear that some hefty cap hikes are on the way in the next few years. For the Bengals, that has a couple implications, not the least of which is that it would be possible to keep improving the team and still retain guys like Rudi and Jon Kitna without using up all the cap space. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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