The NFL just signed a 14 billion dollar streaming deal with Youtube. The salary cap is going to infinity. I've seen some estimates at a record 220mil for 2023 but I project it actually going higher. And 2024 will be even crazier.Per overthecap.com
2023 projected cap of $225 million
* Browns are $1.9 mil under the cap with 44 players under contract. That’s 20th out of 32 teams
* Browns have $30.8 mil in cap space from 2022 that I believe they can roll over to 2023. Even if you add the $30 mil the Browns 2023 cap they are still in the bottom half of NFL teams regarding cap space.
* $178.3 mil to the top 8 player cap hits for 2023:
- Watson $54.9 mil, Garrett $29.1 mil, Cooper $23.7 mil, Teller $15.4 mil, Chubb $14.8 mil, Bitonio $14.6 mil, Johnson $13.5 mil, Ward $12.3 mil
2024 projected cap of $256 mil
* Browns are $9.2 mil OVER the cap with just 31 players under contract. That’s 32nd out of 32 teams.
So just how are the Browns in better cap position than what these numbers state?
Yes, this impacts all teams. However, the Browns had the foresight to realize this was coming in advance and structure deals accordingly. Those big contracts for Watson, Garrett, Cooper etc are huge assets. Those deals are going to look very, very good in the coming months. I would expect the Browns to continue to restructure deals moving forward.
To understand the NFL salary cap moving forward, one needs to look at the NBA over the last decade. Mind-numbing player contracts are coming.