NFL sets salary cap at $120.6 million
NEW YORK -- The NFL salary cap for 2012 is $120.6 million, barely above last year's figure.
The league informed the 32 teams Sunday that the cap has gone up by $225,000. All teams must be under the cap by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, when free agency begins.
2012 Franchise Tag Figures
The 2012 salaries for players given the franchise tag and who do not agree to long-term deals. Based on the average of the five highest salaries at the position.
Position Cap Pct Avg QB $14,436,000 RB $7,742,000 WR $9,515,000 TE $5,446,000 OL $9,383,000 DE $10,605,000 DT $7,960,000 LB $8,856,000 CB $10,281,000 S $6,212,000 K/P $2,654,000
If a club has salary cap room remaining at the end of the season, it can carry it over to 2013 as long as it notifies the NFL by the day before the 2012 season ends.
Unrestricted free agents can sign with a team beginning Tuesday through July 22 or the opening day of the first training camp, whichever is later.
Restricted free agents can sign until April 20. Franchise players have until Nov. 13 to sign -- if he hasn't he must sit out the season.
Peyton Manning is the biggest unrestricted free agent on the market. The four-time league MVP released by the Colts has already met with Denver Broncos officials, and was meeting with Arizona Cardinals officials on Sunday.
Among other top free agents are wide receiver Marques Colston and All-Pro guard Carl Nicks of the Saints, quarterback Matt Flynn of the Packers, and defensive end/linebacker Mario Williams of the Texans
For franchise-tagged players, the salary for a one-year contract for quarterbacks is $14.436 million. Next highest is defensive end at $10,605,000, with cornerback at $10,281,000. Wide receiver is at $9,515,000 and running back is at $7,742,000.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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