NFLPA: Expect Significant Cap Growth In 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith (R) and Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday (L) talk with the media following meetings at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) failed to reach an agreement before their deadline. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The NFL's new television contract begins in 2014, but New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently said that there would not be a major cap increase when the contract kicked in.

NBC Sports Pro Football Talk writes that the NFLPA has now disputed that claim:

Per the report, the NFLPA is telling players and agents that there will be "significant growth" in the cap in 2014 and beyond.

The report from the Players Association makes sense. More cap room means bigger contracts, and neither the players nor the NFLPA want to, as NBC Sports puts it, "leave any money on the table".

2014 will be an interesting off-season for Cincinnati. Geno Atkins will be a free agent and Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, and Jermaine Gresham may be looking at contract extensions as they will have only one year left on their respective deals. At this moment in time, those players are indispensable, and the Bengals may need all the cap room available to them. But this is the Cincinnati Bengals and Mike Brown we're talking about, so what logic is there to money, talent, and indispensability anyway.

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