The NFL salary cap for the 2014 season was initially projected to be about $126 million. Thanks to a new projection, the Detroit Lions have a little more wiggle room than it looked like they would.
NFL's salary cap now projected to rise to about $130 million, up 5 percent from $123 million last year, per league sources. More $ for all.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 20, 2014
The extra $4 million in cap space is good news for teams like the Lions who have already had to make cuts to get under the salary cap. Louis Delmas and Nate Burleson probably would have been on the chopping block anyway, and it is likely front offices knew of the larger salary cap projection before today’s report anyway. In fact, it is possible they already knew that when Lions brass indicated they could move forward with their business even if they can’t reach an extension with Ndamukong Suh.
While the Lions may have already eased some of their salary cap concerns, they do still face a stiff disadvantage in terms of overall buying power because they remain near the bottom of the league in cap space. The Lions now stand at about $7 million under the projected cap.