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NFL salary cap set at $188.2 million for 2019

That’s a lot of cheddar.

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With less than two weeks until the new league year begins, the NFL salary cap has been set. Just shy of $190 million, the official number is $188.2 million.

Up exactly $11 million from 2018, the cap has been growing at a consistent rate for the past several years as it closely approaches the $200 million mark.

For the Bengals, their $7.4 million in rollover puts their adjusted salary cap at just under $196 million. Their exact cap space ranges from $51 and $49 million with the official cap now set, which remains in the top 10 across the league.

The constant rise of the salary cap is primarily due to the NFL’s TV contracts continually paying off and increasing in value. The increases in revenue is then applied to all 32 franchises equally in the form of a uniform cap increase.

Until people really stop watching football, the salary cap will continue to see gradual increases, inflating player salaries relative to the ever-evolving salary cap.