Packers About $21 Million Below Reported Cap

Medioimages/Photodisc

That's not a lot of money once you factor in the 2013 rookie class and possible contract extensions for Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji.

ProFootballTalk.com on Friday reported that the salary cap for the 2013 season will be $123 million.

If accurate, that would put the Green Bay Packers approximately $21 million below this year's cap.

Green Bay's cap will be a shade over $130 million, when the 2012 salary-cap rollover of $7,010,832 is taken into account.

During the offseason, only the top 51 cap figures are taken into account. According to a source with access to salary data, the Packers' top 51 players add up to $108,951,942.

That leaves Green Bay some financial freedom, though maybe not as much as you'd think. Using the franchise tag on receiver Greg Jennings would cost $10.537 million, all of which would go on this year's cap. A tag-and-trade deal would take all of that off the books, but he'd at least be on the cap for a day. Free agency begins on March 12, so the Packers have ample cap space in the short term.

Money will have to be spent to retain restricted free agents, a group headlined by Sam Shields and Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Signing this year's eight draft picks will take around $4 million or $5 million.

Reserving room for contract extensions for Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji would require a big chunk of the pie. Raji's cap figure of $6,595 million is the sixth-highest on the team and Matthews' cap figure of $4.91 million is the eighth-highest on the team, according to the source. Typically, general manager Ted Thompson won't sacrifice future caps for the sake of the current cap, so he'd be unlikely to back-load the deal. So, it's a safe bet that any extensions would be several million dollars more than the players' combined cap of $11.505 million.


Agree or disagree?: Discuss hot Packers topics in our, free forums. Leave Bill a question in the subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum.


Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.

PackerReport.com Recommended Stories


  • It took seven games but the YAC-producing, tackle-breaking Randall Cobb returned on Sunday against Carolina (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

  • With a depleted supporting cast of proven playmakers, Aaron Rodgers might be having his best season. Nonetheless, Rodgers' brilliant numbers haven't exactly dropped the jaws of anyone in the Packers'…

  • One week at a time, Green Bay's defense has been turning its weaknesses into strengths. With Week 7 almost in the books, the Packers rank 10th in points and tied for eighth in yards per play, and sore…

  • Dr. Roto believes Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will overtake WR Brian Hartline as the team's No. 2 receiver sooner rather than later. Stay ahead of the curve with Dr. Roto!

  • The San Francisco Giants came out swinging in Game One of the 2014 World Series, scoring three times in the first inning and never looking back.

Up Next


Tweets