Report: NFL salary cap to increase to roughly $130 million in 2014

The Cowboys are more than $20 million over the salary cap. (USATSI)
The Cowboys are more than $20 million over the salary cap. (USATSI)

The NFL salary cap for 2014 will be approximatley $130 million, a five-percent increase from the year before when it was $123 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The figure is higher than teams were expecting, which will provide some relief for cap-strapped organizations like the Saints, Steelers and Cowboys.

Preliminary estimates originally had the cap closer to $126.3 million (via OvertheCap.com), which gave the Saints $1.4 million in cap space. But that number could now be closer to $4 million. Likewise, the Steelers would go from $12.3 million over the cap to $8.7 million over, and the Cowboys would go from $24.6 million over to $20.9 million.

Teams have until March 11 to get under the cap, although many have already begun the process; the Lions have released Louis Delmas and Nate Burleson, and the Saints have parted ways with Jabari Greer, Will Smith and Roman Harper.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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