NFL salary cap will increase by $12M this season

Tom Hinde

The NFL's salary cap for 2016 will be $155.27 million, and increase of nearly $12 million. The NFL Players Association confirmed the figure. Free agency begins March 9. NFL teams must apply franchise and transition tags today.

Since the 10-year labor agreement was reached in 2011, the cap has risen more than $35 million per team. The increase is the largest since 2006, when the salary cap went up from $85.5 to $102 million. This year's increase is based on several economic factors, including a new Thursday night TV package that includes both CBS and NBC.