While the Cincinnati Bengals are focused on winning the AFC North, making a run through playoffs and potentially getting to the Super Bowl, the 2014 NFL offseason will be a critical; period for the future of the franchise. It will be the first time they can negotiate new contracts for Andy Dalton, A.J. Gree and Vontaze Burfict.
There may not be three more important players on this roster, and while Dalton still needs to show her’s worthy of a contract given to a franchise QB, Green and Burfict have proven they deserve new deals.
The Bengals will likely re-sign at least one of these players this offseason, and according to Pro Football Talk, they’ll have somewhere in the neighborhood of $126 million to do so:
Per multiple reports, league owners were told at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting that the salary cap for 2014 currently is expected to be $126.3 million per team.
That’s a $3.3 million increase from the current maximum, which translates to an increase of only 2.68 percent over last year.
The cap is expected to continue to make slow, steady growth. A larger bump is possible in 2015, the first year in which the calculations will take into account the new broadcast contracts, which start in 2014.