The NFL has determined what the total salary cap will be for all 32 NFL teams in 2018.
The league will increase the cap’s total from $167 million in 2017 to $177.2 million for the 2018 season, according to NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo.
That means that the salary cap has climbed more than 40 percent since 2013, as the league’s revenue has continued to grow by leaps and bounds.
Here’s a look at the total salary cap limits since 2013:
- 2013: $123 million
- 2014: $133 million
- 2015: $143.28 million
- 2016: $155.27 million
- 2017: $167 million
- 2018: $177.2 million
For the Bengals, it means their free salary cap space will be around $36 million. That’s one of the highest amounts of free cap space that any NFL teams has, and it will hopefully be used to re-sign tight end Tyler Eifert, as well as give extensions to defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Eifert is set to become a free agent this year, while Atkins and Dunlap are set to hit the market in 2019.
The Bengals will also likely look to re-sign center Russell Bodine, offensive tackle Andre Smith and punter Kevin Huber.