The salary cap for the NFL in 2022 will be $208.2 Million, which is a significant increase over previous pandemic years.
The cap will increase from $182.5million, which is down nearly $10 million from 2020.
The cap will allow teams to have a player cost total of $284.367 million, with the benefits associated to it.
Quarterbacks will be the most valuable franchise tag at $29.7million. All 32 teams had until Tuesday at 4 p.m. to apply for franchise tags. Two star receivers, Green Bay All Pro Davante Adams, and Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin got them. July 15th is the deadline for franchise-tagged players who want to sign a long-term deal.
Officially, free agency begins Wednesday, March 16th. However, teams can begin to negotiate with players representatives starting Monday. The two days prior to the league year officially begins are when most major deals can be completed.
At $18.7million, linebacker is the second most expensive tag. Wide receivers ($18.4million) and defensive ends ($17.85million are close behind. Then come defensive tackles ($17.39 million), cornerbacks ($17.28 million), offensive linemen ($16.66 million), safeties ($12.91 million), tight ends ($10.93 million), running backs ($9.57 million) and kickers ($5.22 million).
Other players who received franchise tags were: Orlando Brown Jr. Cam Robinson of Kansas City, Cam Robinson of Jacksonville, Cincinnati safety Jessie Bates II, and tight ends Mike Gesicki from Miami, Dalton Schultz in Dallas, and David Njoku in Cleveland.
The exclusive category was not given to any of the tagged players, so they could sign anywhere else. However, the club that loses the player would get two draft picks in the first round as compensation.
The Chargers and Mike Williams reached a $30 million, three-year extension with $40 million guaranteed. Williams was the seventh overall pick of the Chargers in 2017. He is coming off a stellar season that saw him set career highs for yards (1,146) and catches (76). Williams also had nine touchdowns, averaged 15.1 yards per catch, and was the seventh overall draft pick by the Chargers in 2017.
The Bills released $5 million of cap space by removing A.J., the linebacker. Klein was about to enter the last year of his three-year contract. Klein, who was entering the final year of a three-year contract, had four starts in fifteen games and was the primary backup for Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano. Buffalo’s cap is expected to remain at $10 million.