NFL 2012 Salary Cap = $120. 6 million

On Sunday the NFL and NFL Players Association was finally able to put together a starting number for the 2012 salary cap.’

The number came out to $120.6 million, a slight increase from last year’s cap number of $120.375 million.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 2012 league season will begin at 3 o’clock. At that point, a team’s top 51 contracts would have to be under $120.6 million.

Setting the cap number also sets up the franchise player and restricted free agent tender offers can be. For instance, as the Chiefs franchise player WR Dwayne Bowe will receive $9.515 million.

Here are the franchise numbers for other positions:

  • Quarterback – $14.436 million.
  • Running back – $7.742 million.
  • Tight end – $5.556 million.
  • Offensive line – $9.383 million.
  • Defensive end – $10.605 million.
  • Defensive tackle – $7.960 million.
  • Linebacker – $8.856 million.
  • Cornerback – $10.281 million.
  • Safety – $6.212 million.
  • Kicker/Punter – $2.654 million.

To keep their rights to restricted free agents (3 seasons of experience), teams must tender them a contract offer. The size of that offer decides on the type of compensation a team receives if another time signs the player:

  • Right to match – $1.26 million.
  • 2nd-round tender – $1.927 million.
  • 1st- round tender – $2.742 million.

A restricted free agent that’s given a first-round tender offer by his team would receive $2.742 million. If another team wanted to sign him, they could make him a contract offer. Should his original team decide against matching the offer sheet, they would get a first-round draft choice in compensation.

5 Responses to “NFL 2012 Salary Cap = $120. 6 million”

  • March 11, 2012  - el cid says:

    Bob, question – Hunt comes out and say the Chiefs were interested in Manning, PR or real interest? Why did Manning have no interest?

    Chiefs will not telling fans anything and I doubt they have any real interest in talking to you but you must have some contacts in Condon office, know someone in Manning camp, rumor mill in NFL offices. If Hunt or Pioli made a real effort, we should give them credit, if not, well.

  • March 11, 2012  - txchief says:

    I hope that the Chiefs can get Bowe wrapped up in a longer contract after assigning him the franchise tag. Dwayne had bust written all over him until 2010 when he began to produce. Apparently, he got someone to tighten up the bolts on his neck. He has continued to be inconsistent, althoughthe Chiefs’ poor QB play probably figures into his ups and downs.

    Looking at the franchise numbers, it is amazing that an offensive lineman’s numbers would eclipse those of a RB, TE, LB, DT, S and (of course) K/P!

    The cap numbers came in lower than I would have expected. The NFL and NFLPA must have been cooking the books every way they could to come up with the number. Less than one year after the labor dispute/lockout/strike, the apparent victors are the the owners.

  • March 11, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    tx – It is not amazing that offensive lineman would be worth more a DT or several positions. What is amazing is they are mostly nameless. Look at what happens when you have one bad lineman i.e. Richardson. The offense dies. The defense gets worn out. You lose. These guys are not just big and slow and dumb. They have to have foot speed, hand control, footwork, and work as a unit. Their job is so much harder than a defensive lineman. Or WR etc. Chiefs have had great OL and when they do, they win. We’re not going to win without one next year. Betcha Manning knows that.

  • March 12, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I think JFW’s onto something. That O-line was baaad and until we address it we will continue to struggle with inconsistency. Premier linemen, and particularly tackles, are worth their weight in gold.

  • March 12, 2012  - kenneth thompson says:

    Manning didn’t come here OK.If we upgrade the OL we will be in great shape. I wanted Manning also but we didn’t get him let’s move on. Wehad alot on IR last year.

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